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Chief Residents

Welcome from the Chiefs

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Welcome to the Highland Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program website and thank you for your interest in our program!


Our IM Residency Program provides the opportunity to work in a safety-net hospital that cares for vulnerable populations in the East Bay, experience a vast diversity of clinical pathology, and foster your individual professional development. Every person in our program, from intern to program director, aligns with the Alameda Health System mission statement of “Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All”. Our shared commitment to our patients and our passion for learning are the backbone of the culture within our Highland Family.


A major focus in our training is to have residents experience autonomy with supervision. This allows you to take full ownership of your patient, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and develop into a confident and competent physician. Our former residents have gone on to have successful careers as primary care doctors, hospitalists, and have entered many competitive fellowships across the country. As a result of our training, our graduates have the reputation for being prepared for anything and “just getting it done”.


As this year’s chiefs, we wish to foster a welcoming environment with an open door policy, create a culture of engagement and inquiry, and make our educational conferences lively and fun. We will continue to steer the improvements to our program based on resident-directed feedback.



Your 2022-2022 Internal Medicine Chief Residents,

Leigh Ben-Zvy, Sadel Chavez Carerra, and Vincent Le


Sadel Chávez Carrera, MD

Chief Resident


Quito, Ecuador

Medical School

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Likes: Watching movies, true crime podcasts, designing my own jackets, Bad Bunny.

Dislikes: When I'm finally on time and everyone shows up late. Parties with no dancing, 


Leigh Ben-Zvy, MD

Chief Resident, Primary Care Track


Oak Park, California

Medical School

Drexel University College of Medicine

Likes: Puppies, Pixar movies, making baked goods and eating baked goods that other people make

Dislikes: Eating the last fry before realizing that it is the last fry. That it is unrealistic to adopt every dog on the planet


Vincent Le, MD

Chief Resident


Whittier, California

Medical School

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Likes: Music, rock climbing, cooking new recipes and eating two lunches at a time

Dislikes: Most other forms of exercise, caffeine withdrawals, beets

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