Occupational Medicine Residency Graduating Class of 2023 Ready to Apply Expertise to the Field

Orginial article published by UC Irvine Public Health: publichealth.uci.edu/2023/06/29/from-graduation-to-greatness


Graduates of the Occupational Medicine Residency Program are taking their newly aquired skills and knowledge with them into the medical field to help tackle occupational and environmental health issues.

The program, part of the Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center, is hosted at UC Irvine Public Health and trains future occupational medicine physicians on the environmental impact to health and well-being. In partnership with UCI School of Medicine, the program aims to identify and solve health problems around environmental hazards in occupational groups.

The graduating class of 2023 is ready to further enter the workforce with their specialized training after completing the rigorous program and public health faculty mentorship.



Samantha Ayoub, MD, MPH’s thesis work was on cannabis use and work stressors due to the COVID pandemic. After graduation, Dr. Ayoub will be completing an addiction medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University.

Stephen Craft, MD, MS’ thesis work was on ovarian follicle toxicity due to low dose gamma radiation: determination of persistence of oxidative protein, lipid, and DNA damage. Before his residency training at UCI, Dr. Craft served as an active duty Navy physician until he was honorably discharged to complete this residency. Dr. Craft will be joining Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills, CA, and will continue to serve in the Navy as a reservist Flight Surgeon.

Rashmi R. Bhuyan, MD, MPH’s thesis work was on air pollution linking to hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Dr. Bhuyan will apply her expertise gained at UCI to her new role in the occupational medicine department with Kaiser Permanente in Antioch, California.


Congratulations to the Class of 2023!