Adrian Dokey, MD grew up in Sacramento, CA and earned his bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. There, he enjoyed participating in various intramural sports, playing music, tutoring high school students, and conducting research on patterns of disease transmission in primates.
He went on to earn a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, where he found exceptional mentors who helped guide him onto a career path toward ophthalmology. Before starting at CPMC, Adrian completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. For him, the biggest draws of CPMC were the exceptional medical/surgical training and the truly unique culture that has built a family of residents who are both highly accomplished but still easygoing and genuinely invested in each other's success.
Outside of medicine, Adrian continues to enjoy playing basketball and tennis, playing and listening to music of all genres, and exploring the many different parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kenneth Downes, MD was born and raised in Corrales, New Mexico. He attended Tulane University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Cell and Molecular Biology. He returned home to attend the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed his internship in internal medicine at UPMC Presbyterian-Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is excited to join the CPMC Department of Ophthalmology and experience diverse training opportunities in many practice settings. During his free time, he enjoys homebrewing, cooking, running, water sports, and skiing.
Maya Ling, MD grew up in Princeton, NJ and received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics from Yale University. Her activities at Yale were varied, ranging from promoting environmental awareness and advocating recycling to spending a summer in the Philippines to coordinate the transport of donated medical supplies to physicians in Manila. Before starting medical school, Dr. Ling spent some time tutoring and then backpacked around southern Patagonia for several months. She went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During medical school, Dr. Ling was drawn to ophthalmology because of the field’s combination of long-term patient care and surgical expertise, along with its potential to help patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and is excited to be working at California Pacific Medical Center because of its diverse patient population and excellent faculty.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Ling enjoys the outdoors, travel, reading fiction, and cooking.
Patrick Coady, MD, MBA was born in Brazil, but grew up in New Canaan, CT. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics at Dartmouth College and subsequently spent two years as an investment-banking analyst at JPMorgan in New York City. He returned to the granite of New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth Medical School and while there, received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business.
Dr. Coady completed his internship in internal medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt in New York, NY. Prior to coming to CPMC, he had the opportunity to do volunteer medical work in and around the Amazon city of Santarém, Brazil. He also had the opportunity to settle in the area and do research with some CPMC ophthalmology faculty.
Dr. Coady feels fortunate that he had the types of mentors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center that inspired him to pursue ophthalmology. He was drawn to CPMC by its strong clinical training, dedicated faculty, international experience and collaborative learning environment. After finishing training, he hopes to be involved in delivering eye care to internationally underserved areas.
Deeply rooted to the northeast, Dr. Coady is excited to call the San Francisco Bay Area home for at least his time at CPMC. He enjoys hiking, running, snowboarding, gastronomy on a budget and travel.
Edie De Niro, MD joined the CPMC Department of Ophthalmology in November 2010. She grew up in Spokane, WA and has lived in San Francisco for the past ten years. Dr. De Niro earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Williams College, a liberal arts college in Williamstown, MA. She graduated summa cum laude and received highest honors for an undergraduate thesis about the evolution of phenotypic plasticity in chorus frogs. While at Williams College, Dr. De Niro received the Coaches Award in Varsity Cross Country and she continues to be an avid runner.
Dr. De Niro came to CPMC after her diverse experiences at UCSF that included Medical School Representative for the Student Health Committee, Dean’s Fellowship for Summer Research, and Coordinator for Men’s Support Group for a homeless health clinic. Prior to medical school, she worked for three years as a Researcher and Lab Manager at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught Physical Science and Chemistry at the Mercy High School summer school program.
Dr. De Niro chose to pursue Ophthalmology because vision has a profound impact on a person’s life. She selected residency training at CPMC because of the program’s focus on applied training and the supportiveness and camaraderie of the residents and faculty. After completion of the residency program, she hopes to be able to volunteer her skills to help people in developing countries.
During her free time, Dr. De Niro enjoys cycling, soccer, traveling abroad, and going to the theater.
Sally Lin, MD is originally from Taiwan. She attended high school in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Lin graduated summa cum laude with undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. She continued on at UPenn to obtain her medical degree. During medical school, Dr. Lin did research involving patients with multiple sclerosis, and won an award for this work at a national neuro-ophthalmology conference. Her extracurricular experiences at UPenn include a position as Ophthalmology Interest Group-Co-President, as well as volunteering in the free Chinatown clinic. Prior to her arrival at CPMC, Dr. Lin completed her internship in internal medicine at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA. Dr. Lin chose the Eye Department at CPMC to work with exceptional faculty and to experience diverse training opportunities.
Dr. Lin enjoys the opportunity to visit her family in the Bay Area. Outside of medicine, Dr. Lin’s interests also include piano, cooking, traveling, and trying new restaurants with her husband.
Ako Takakura, MD, MPH was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. She came to America at age 18 to study biochemistry at Dartmouth and loved it so much she stayed for an MD/MPH from Dartmouth as well.
Dr. Takakura is excited to be part of the CPMC family with its warm and dedicated faculty, having also enjoyed her internship year at CPMC. Dr. Takakura likes to dance salsa and play the piano in her free time. Most recently she has discovered the joys of motherhood with the birth of her baby girl at CPMC in November.
Michael Clamp, MD, MA was born and raised in Florida. He studied Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Florida and conducted research related to macular degeneration at the Whitney Laboratory in St. Augustine, FL. An avid outdoorsman, he spent many a weekend guiding rock climbing trips for the University’s Travel Recreation Program. After his undergraduate years he worked on a sailboat in the Caribbean and backpacked throughout Central America. He spent two years studying Western Classics at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, while working as a tech and fundus photographer for a local retina specialist. He returned to the University of Florida for medical school where he enjoyed electives in medical humanities and participated in medical missions to Peru and Nicaragua.
Dr. Clamp was drawn to CPMC’s Ophthalmology program because of the supportive atmosphere, exceptional clinical training and ample international training opportunities. He took advantage of the time afforded by CPMC’s staggered start to get married, study macular hole formation, and work at a surf camp in Indonesia. During his internship at Shands Hospital Dr. Clamp received a teaching award from the medical students and he looks forward to sharing ophthalmology with students and colleagues throughout his career.