Clinical Focus

  • Family Medicine

Academic Appointments

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians (2011 - Present)

Professional Education

  • M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (2006)
  • Fellowship, UCSF, Health Services Research (2001)
  • Board Certification: Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine (2000)
  • Residency:UCLA-Santa Monica (2000) CA
  • Internship:UCLA-Santa Monica (1998) CA
  • Medical Education:New York Medical College (1997) NY
  • B.S., Stanford University, Biological Sciences (1992)


All Publications

  • A Systematic Review of an Emerging Consciousness Population: Focus on Program Evolution JOURNAL OF TRAUMA-INJURY INFECTION AND CRITICAL CARE Gray, M., Lai, S., Wells, R., Chung, J., Teraoka, J., Howe, L., Harris, O. A. 2011; 71 (5): 1465-1474

    View details for DOI 10.1097/TA.0b013e31821f82f5

    View details for Web of Science ID 000297118600072

    View details for PubMedID 22071939

  • Length and content of family practice residency training. journal of the American Board of Family Practice Duane, M., Green, L. A., Dovey, S., Lai, S., Graham, R., Fryer, G. E. 2002; 15 (3): 201-208


    Family practice residency programs are based largely on a model implemented more than 30 years ago. Substantial changes in medical practice, technology, and knowledge necessitate reassessment of how family physicians are prepared for practice.We simultaneously surveyed samples of family practice residency directors, first-year residents, and family physicians due for their first board recertification examination to determine, using both quantitative and qualitative methods, their opinions about the length and content of family practice residencies in the United States.Twenty-seven percent of residency directors, 32% of residents, and 28% of family physicians favored extending family practice residency to 4 years; very few favored 2- or 5-year programs. There was dispersion of opinions about possible changes within each group and among the three groups. Most in all three groups would be willing to extend residency for more training in office-based procedures and sports medicine, but many were unwilling to extend residency for more training in surgery or hospital-based care. Residents expressed more willingness than program directors or family physicians to change training. Barriers to change included disagreement about the need to change; program financing and opportunity costs, such as loss of income and delay in debt repayment; and potential negative impact on student recruitment.Most respondents support the current 3-year model of training. There is considerable interest in changing both the length and content of family practice training. Lack of consensus suggests that a period of elective experimentation might be needed to assure family physicians are prepared to meet the needs and expectations of their patients.

    View details for PubMedID 12038726

  • Haploidentical bone marrow transplants for two patients with reticular dysgenesis BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION DeSantes, K. B., Lai, S. S., Cowan, M. J. 1996; 17 (6): 1171-1173


    We report two cases of reticular dysgenesis (RD) successfully treated by BMT utilizing T cell-depleted haploidentical marrow grafts. One child failed to engraft after conditioning with ATG, and the other failed two transplant attempts with cyclophosphamide + ATG, and busulfan + cyclophosphamide + ATG, respectively. Donor engraftment was achieved in both patients following treatment with 700 cGy TBI, with or without other agents. These results, taken together with previous reports in the literature, suggest that children with RD may require more intensive conditioning than patients with other types of severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1996UW58700041

    View details for PubMedID 8807131