Message from the Program Director


Welcome to the Alameda Health System-Highland Hospital (also known as Alameda County Medical Center) Internal Medicine Residency website. We are delighted that you have chosen to learn more about our program and our medical system. Our program is an ACGME fully accredited residency program that has been training internists since 1955.

Alameda Health System (AHS) is a remarkable place. As the public health system (“the safety-net”) for the underserved citizens of Alameda County, California, it is our charge to provide care to those most in need. The AHS mission statement summarizes what we do:


Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All

Our faculty and housestaff are dedicated to the public sector mission and its inexhaustible opportunity to “make a difference.” For those that are similarly minded, this is an extremely rewarding environment to learn and practice medicine.​

The Internal Medicine Residency is the largest training program at AHS-Highland Hospital and sits at the core of the Department of Medicine. We value and support our residents in their care for the underserved, their commitment to lifelong learning and teaching, and their dedication to system transformation and quality improvement. We firmly believe that creating a supportive environment of inquiry and scholarship allows each of our residents to graduate our program with the vision, knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be highly competent and culturally sensitive physicians.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue competitive fellowships and clinician educator positions and many have chosen to become much needed primary care physicians and hospitalists. Wherever they have gone and whichever path they have chosen, our residents are known for their ability to handle complex patients. Furthermore, we are proud that many are active, contributing members of their communities.

Coaching young doctors throughout their careers is a great source of inspiration and pride for our team of teaching faculty. Our program strives to develop each and every one of our residents to their greatest potential and we are dedicated to the challenging and continuous work necessary to accomplish this goal. First and foremost in this journey is selecting highly qualified and dedicated candidates whose missions align with ours.

Thank you for your interest in our program. Please explore our website and do not hesitate to contact our residency program office should you have any questions at all.

Indhu Subramanian, MD, FACP
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Attending Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

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The Department of Medicine at Highland Hospital is committed to eliminating health disparities and to providing the highest quality patient care. Medical education is at the core of our mission as we are dedicated to training top-notch, compassionate and caring physicians.  We serve a diverse group of patients from an array of cultural backgrounds with the goal of optimizing access to care and service to our community.  

Our amazing faculty’s steadfast devotion to medical education and academic pursuits, our extremely talented and passionate residents and the unparalleled clinical training make Highland Hospital and Alameda Health System a truly special place, one I am honored to call home. Please come and explore what we have to offer.

Marina Trilesskaya, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine

Message from the Chair

Indhu Subramanian, MD, FACP

Program Director

Medical School

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


University of Michigan Medical Center, Pulmonary & Critical Care

Alejandro Diaz, MD

Associate Program Director / Primary Care Track

Medical School

Universidad Xochicalco


Highland Hospital Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track

Lijia Xie.PNG

Lijia Xie, MD, MS

Associate Program Director / Categorical and Preliminary Track

Undergraduate School

University of California, Berkeley

Medical School

University of California, San Francisco


Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, CA

Scott Lynch, MD

Associate Program Director / Categorical and Preliminary Track

Undergraduate School

Emory University

Medical School

St. George's University


Highland Hospital Internal Medicine, Categorical Track