About the Authors

Theodore X. O'Connell, MD

Dr. Ted O’Connell, is the Program Director of the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Family Medicine Residency Program. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. O’Connell is the author of Crush Step 1, USMLE Step 2 Secrets, Crush Step 2, Crush Step 3, the Instant Work-ups Series, and the recently published USMLE Step 3 Secrets. Dr. O’Connell is also one of the section editors of Pfenninger and Fowler’s Procedures for Primary Care as well as numerous textbook chapters and journal articles.

Dr. O'Connell earned his MD from UCLA School of Medicine and completed his residency at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. He has won numerous awards and recognitions, including: Physicians' Exceptional Contribution Award, the highest physician honor given by the Southern California Permanente Medical Group; the Physician Recognition Award 2007, 2005, 2004, and 2003; the Family Medicine Physician of the Year; and the Annual Teaching Award from the Woodland Hills Family Medicine Residency Program, among many others.

Ryan A. Pedigo, M.D.

Ryan A. Pedigo, MD was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's degree with thesis in Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society for his achievements. He then went on to receive his MD from the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving the award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. After graduation, he began his post-graduate residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, specializing in Emergency Medicine, where he received a national award from the Emergency Medicine Resident's Association for clinical excellence in his field. He is currently chief resident at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Emergency Medicine program.

Thomas Blair, MD

Thomas Blair, MD graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is currently a senior resident in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He co-authored Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review 1e, USMLE Step 3 Secrets 1e, and edited the UCLA School of Medicine Anatomy and Histology interactive textbooks. His interests include medical education and visual diagnosis. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Jenny Blair and their dog Zoe.

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