Dr. Ilona Barash completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington before moving to UCSD for both her MD and PhD in Biomedical Sciences studying skeletal muscle physiology. She then completed her Residency in Emergency Medicine in 2011, during which she served as Chief Resident and was voted Resident of the Year. After taking a year to travel and climb, she completed a Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at UCSD. She currently works both in the Emergency Department and at UCSD Student Health Services doing sports medicine. Her academic interests include endurance medicine, altitude physiology, and the interface between sports and emergency medicine. She also enjoys running, rock climbing and mountaineering, curling up with hot chocolate and a good movie, and spending time with her son, husband, and two cats.