Faculty

Our faculty includes 10 full-time fellowship-trained pediatric emergency physicians. Of these, 3 had primary residency training in emergency medicine and are board certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine and 7 had primary residency training in pediatrics and are certified through the American Board of Pediatrics. Several fellowship-trained part-time pediatric emergency physicians complement these faculty members and work alongside the fellows in the emergency department. Academically, our faculty members are organized within the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine under the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Lance Brown, MD MPH is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency in emergency medicine with the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Program. After residency, he joined a private, democratic emergency medicine group and was a Clinical Assistant Professor of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Subsequently, Dr. Brown trained in pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital. Dr. Brown is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Tim Young, MD is Program Director of the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine and subspecialty training in pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital. He also serves as associate program director for the emergency medicine residency. He directs the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship research methods course. His research interests include medical education, pediatric sedation, and orthopedic infections. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been a full time faculty member since 2009.

Heather Kuntz, MD is Associate Program Director of the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship and is the associate Medical Director for the Pediatric Emergency Department.  She is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital.  She completed her residency training in emergency medicine and subspecialty training in pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital. She also serves as an assistant program director for the emergency medicine residency. She directs the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship radiology course. She is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in Emergency Medicine and is board-eligible for Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He has been a full time faculty member since 2015.

Grace J. Kim, MD is Assistant Program Director of the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital, and has been a full-time faculty since 1999. She is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and has completed a pediatric residency as well as a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Loma Linda. She directs the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship board review course. Dr. Kim is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of American College of Emergency Physicians.

Besh Rhyl B. Barcega, MD MBA is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and has been a full-time faculty member since 2001. Dr. Barcega graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1990 and completed her pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship also at Loma Linda. She completed her MBA at University of California-Irvine in 2005. Dr. Barcega is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Melanie Randall, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and graduated from the emergency medicine residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She directs the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship toxicology course. She also serves as Associate Clerkship Director for Emergency Medicine.

Brian Chen, MD is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. He graduated from his pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Aqeel Khan, MD graduated from Nishtar Medical College, Multan Pakistan in 1986. He did his House Job in General Surgery at Nishtar Hospital, Multan Pakistan after which he was appointed as a Medical Officer of Basic Health Unit until his immigration to USA. He did his pediatric residency training at Tod Children’s Hospital, Youngstown, OH from 1993-96 as well as Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center, CA from 1996-99.  He then took a position at Mercy Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh, PA as the Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Department until returning to sunny California. Dr. Khan has been on Medical staff at LLUMC as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine since 1996. He is a Diplomate of American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He has been a part of many exciting research projects while at Loma Linda. He enjoys teaching Emergency Medicine fundamentals and life saving procedures to residents, medical students and ancillary staff. He believes in providing “preventative Education to the parents, not medication.”

Tommy Kim, MD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital. He has completed fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine and a second fellowship in faculty development, both at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim has been a faculty member since 2005 with the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kim graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1999 and completed his pediatric residency also at Loma Linda. Dr. Kim is board-certified in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Kim is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

James A. Moynihan, DO is medical director for Pediatric Emergency Department and is the director of quality improvement for the department of Emergency Medicine. He received his medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (1996). Dr. Moynihan completed his residency in pediatrics followed by a fellowship in the pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital (2002) and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital. Dr. Moynihan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. Dr. Moynihan has conducted research on measurement of cardiac troponin for both pediatric cardiac arrest and respiratory syncytial virus, and the effect of palivizumab on the systemic inflammatory response associated with RSV. He has published the results of his research and lectured on these topics as well as other areas of pediatric emergency medicine.

Thomas Sherwin, MD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital and has been a full-time faculty member since 1994. Dr. Sherwin graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1989 and completed his pediatric residency in 1992, also at Loma Linda University. Dr. Sherwin is a licensed physician in the State of California and Nevada, and is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. He is an instructor for Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS), as well as Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS).

Kimberly R. Zimmerman, MD has been practicing pediatric emergency medicine since 1991. She graduated from The Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine in 1982 and completed a Fifth Pathway at Rush University Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. She finished pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1988 and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in 1991. Dr. Zimmerman is board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is affiliated with Loma Linda University School of Medicine, University of Southern California School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, and Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas. She works in four pediatric emergency departments in Southern California and one in Las Vegas. Dr. Zimmerman is especially interested in educating her residents about childhood injury and violence prevention.

Dawn Gordon serves as administrative assistant and fellowship coordinator for the division of pediatric emergency medicine. Dawn has worked at Loma Linda University for 14 years.