Program Alumni


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Omar Salman

Omar Salman 

Hometown: West Bank, Palestine 
​​Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical school: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine 
​​​​​​Other Education/Training: Certificate: Research in Translational Medicine, Virginia Tech 
Interests: sexual and gender minority health, immigrant health, diversifying the physician workforce, biotechnology/engineering approaches to improving health. 
Personal: vegan cooking/baking, long distance running, watching/performing in drag, coding, parenting my houseplants.

Raechelle Ocampo

Raechelle G. Ocampo 

Hometown: Daly City, CA 
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego 
Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine 
​​​​​​Other Education/Training: MS in Physiology, Georgetown University 
Interests: adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed care, resilience promotion, preventing child abuse and neglect, child welfare, reducing asthma disparities, mental health, Filipinx-American health, medical education.
​​​​​​Personal: My favorite thing to do is root for the 49ers, Warriors, and SF Giants! I also love to chase sunrises and sunsets, do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, explore nature's beauty, learn languages that benefit my patients, play fantasy football, play sports, replicate restaurant dishes, try new breweries, and watch spoken word. Fun fact: I was born at UCSF!

Santiago Rozo

Santiago Rozo  

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia 
Undergraduate: University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
Medical school: University of Nebraska Medical Center 
Other Education/Training: Master's in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center 
Interests: health disparities minority and immigrant health 
​​​​​​Personal: salsa/Latin dancing, cooking, hiking 

Denise Powell

Denise Powell 

Hometown: Pearl, Mississippi
Undergraduate:  Loyola University New Orleans 
Medical school: University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) 
Other Education/Training: N/A 
Interests: Encouraging healthcare access among homeless populations, mobile clinics, health literacy, diminishing health disparities
​​​​​​Personal: Music, dancing, running, swimming, basketball, traveling 

Katherine Minaya

Katherine Minaya 

Hometown: New York, NY 
Undergraduate: University of Chicago 
Medical school: The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 
Other Education/Training: Masters of Teaching from Fordham University Graduate School of Education 
Interests: racial inequality, adolescent health, reproductive health, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), social determinants of health, school-based healthcare, legislative advocacy, childhood obesity
​​​​​​Personal: playing Catan, drinking wine, traveling, trying new foods, reading, interior decorating/DIY crafting, shoe collecting.

Payal Desai

Payal Desai 

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA 
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego 
Medical school: University of California, San Diego 
Other Education/Training: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Interests: Addressing ACEs and childhood trauma, early childhood interventions, and child development.
​​​​​​Personal: I've been in some form of acapella or choir since college! I also love cooking, spin class, and tending to my growing collection of houseplants.

Amrit Dosanjh

Amrit Dosanjh 

Hometown: Modesto, CA 
Undergraduate: UCLA and UC Davis 
Medical school: USC Keck School of Medicine 
Other Education/Training: MPH 
Interests: I am interested in health equity, particularly with regards to access and quality of health care broadly, and more specifically, mental and reproductive health services. 
​​​​​​Personal: I love music! I dabble in violin, ukulele, and guitar. 

Alexis Fogel

Alexis Fogel 

Hometown: Chino, CA 
Undergraduate: UCLA 
Medical school: Columbia University 
Other Education/Training: RYT with Yoga to the People; MPH in Global Health from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia 
Interests: unpacking privilege and internalized/socialized bias with my peers, gaining and promoting community leadership and coalition building skills, exploring how health equity can apply to pediatric palliative care and integrative medicine modalities.
​​​​​​Personal: Potentially my favorite part about teaching yoga is making the *fire* playlist; on my days off I love rock climbing, reading fiction in bed, and leaving voice memos for long-distance friends; I lived in Israel and Dominican Republic before med school and can't wait to move back to a humid beach. 



Daniela Brissett

Hometown: East Palo Alto/Rewood City, California
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical school: UCSF
Other Education/Training: PRIME-US, Transdisciplinary Immersion in Global Health Research and Education (TIGRE) Fellowship, Clinton Global Initiative University Fellowship
Interests: Racial inequality, Adolescent Health, Reproductive Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Peer Health Education, Global Health Research, School-based health care, High School Outreach (Pipeline Programs), Food Insecurity
Personal: Working with Roatan Peer Health Exchange and Bay Area youth programs; Love live music (especially outdoors), basking in sunshine, getting lost in a good book or collection of essays, pottery, board games, kayaking, discovering new trails, spending time with family, and exploring near and far places with my partner.


Daniel Woolridge

Hometown: Washington, DC
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical school: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Other Education/Training: MPH, UC Berkeley School of Public Health MS in Physiology and Biophysics/Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Georgetown University
Interests: Legislative Advocacy Civic Engagement at the Community Level (particularly among adolescents), Mental Health of minority male youth (e.g. positive identity formation, effect of stigma on identity formation), Diversity among the healthcare workforce, Educational Equity, Public Health Research
Personal: Reading Comic Books/Mangas (I studied Japanese throughout college and still enjoy practicing my language skills). I love coffee and espresso, and also really really appreciate the variety of beer out there (Love brewery tours!), Hiking, Weight-lifting, Running. I am a foodie!


Livy Low

Hometown: Oakland, CA
Undergraduate: Barnard College
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Other Education/Training: n/a
Interests: queer and transgender health, structural racism, intersectional feminism, family-centered care, social justice in medical education, child welfare policy, maternal-child health for families of color, global health, radical healing and resilience
Personal: photography, the arts, reading, writing, poetry



Priya Shankar

Hometown: Pleasanton, California
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylania
Medical school: Boston University School of Medicine
Other Education/Training: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Health Policy and Management; Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship to India
Interests: maternal and adolescent health, global health, feminist theory and literature, girls rights and child rights, averting teenage pregnancy, maternal and childhood hunger, adolescent mental health, iron deficiency anemia, international health policy, peer to peer education, social entrepreneurship
Personal: working on Girls Health Champions; creative writing and fiction, working on a collection of short stories, classic rock, Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical dance), world dance, international travel, and spending as much time as I can with family.

Zarah Iqbal

Hometown: Gladwyne, PA
Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical school: Stanford School of Medicine
Other Education/Training: MPH in Health Policy from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Interests: child welfare, juvenile justice, Medicaid, child health policy, legislative advocacy
Personal: cooking, hiking

Jennifer Menjivar

Hometown: Daly City, CA
Undergraduate: San Francisco State University
Medical school: David Geffen School of Medicine
Other Education/Training: UC Berkeley School of Public Health, MPH
Interests: Immigrant health and health care access, ACA, public health, primary care, patient advocacy, Underserved medicine
Personal: I enjoy biking, hiking, music festivals, outdoor film screenings, snorkeling, people watching, hanging out with my dog, knitting and crocheting.


Jean Junior

Hometown: Troy, MI
Undergraduate: Harvard College
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Other Education/Training: Master of Philosophy in Evidence Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford
Interests: Poverty alleviation interventions (such as unconditional cash transfers and the earned income tax credit), addressing the social determinants of health, nutrition, prevention of child abuse and neglect
Personal: I love playing clarinet, dancing, jogging, meditation, and reading. I was once an extra in a Bollywood film.

Christina Herrera

Hometown: Pawling, NY
Undergraduate: Columbia
Medical school: Columbia
Other Education/Training: UCLA South American Program in HIV Research Fellow 2014-2015
Interests: Adolescent health, global health, mental health, social determinants of health, behavior change, reducing health disparities
Personal: Running, crossfit, hiking, skiing, swimming, golf, surfing, travel

Abimbola Dairo

Hometown: Queens, NY
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Other Education/Training: Certificate in Healthcare Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Interests: Healthcare services delivery, social entrepreneurship, healthcare innovation, educational access (especially access to higher ed), quality improvement, and improving the patient experience.
Personal: Relaxing with family and friends, dancing to anything with a solid beat, catching live jazz and gospel music performances, listening to inspirational talks/interviews, reading.

Emma Anselin

Hometown: Urbana, Illinois
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical school: Brown University
Other Education/Training:
Interests: Childhood obesity management and prevention, adolescent health, school-based health initiatives, curriculum development, reproductive health
Personal: Camping, hiking, singing, reading fantasy novels, discovering new restaurants



Camila Cribb Fabersunne

Hometown: Dixon, California
Undergraduate: UC Santa Cruz
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Other Education/Training: MPH in Quantitative Methods
Interests: Social epidemiology, adolescent health, structural violence/ inequality, relative deprivation, school to prison pipeline
Personal: Watching the sunset, hiking and biking, eating cheesy or chocolatey foods, hanging with my family and my best friend.


Dannielle McBride

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical school: John Hopkins
Other Education/Training: None
Interests: Urban health, underserved communities, community clinics, social determinants of health
Personal: Hiking, family time, food, live music, chocolate, sports, reading, anything having to do with water ;)


Emma Steinberg

Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD
Undergraduate: Barnard College
Medical school: Johns Hopkins
Other Education/Training: Cullinary school
Interests: Obesity prevention, access to healthy food, school food policy, legislative advocacy
Personal: Cooking, baking, playing tennis, travelling, reading


Emily Frank

Hometown: Brunswick, ME
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine/Mainetrack
Other Education/Training: Secondary Science Teaching Credential, Alliant International University
Interests: School based health, adolescent medicine, health literacy, community based participatory action research, food insecurity, STI prevention, curriculum development
Personal: Hiking, yoga, cooking, ultimate frisbee, dancing



Peter Cooch, MD

Hometown: Braintree, VT
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical school: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Interests: Global health, healthcare for children of Central American immigrants, rural determinants of pediatric health, medical education, medical anthropology, vaccination advocacy, increasing opportunities for youth exercise and outdoors activity, adaptive sports
Personal: Backcountry and downhill skiing, running, board games, bike commuting, backpacking, novels


Geoff Hart-Cooper, MD

Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical school: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (2012-2013)
Interests: LGBTQ health, HIV prevention, social determinants of health, legislative advocacy, public health program planning and evaluation, global health
Personal: Biking, swimming, Masala Bhangra, cooking, photography, travel


Margaret Gilbreth, MD

Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical school: University of Colorado
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: None
Interests: Qualitative methods; social determinants of health; discrimination in the healthcare setting as a social determinant of health; variables affecting parenting; mass incarceration in the United States; medical education
Personal: biking, hiking, running outside, cooking, meeting new people, and spending time with family


Heyman Oo, MD, MPH

Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical school: University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Masters in Public Health - Health Policy and Management; Harvard School of Public Health (2013)
Interests: Immigrant/refugee health, health systems and quality improvement, community-based participatory research, integration of traditional/alternative medicine with Western medicine, primary care and prevention
Personal: cooking/eating new foods, dance (ballroom, salsa, Middle Eastern), yoga, meditation, international travel



Rachel Brim, MD

Hometown: Kenton, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Evansville
Medical school: Michigan State University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Certificate in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health from ASTMH (in progress)
Interests:Social and environmental determinants of health, global health, tropical medicine, refugee and immigrant health, health care systems in resource poor settings, rural health, medical education
Personal:hiking, running outside, vegetarian cooking, travel, and music (listening and playing!)


Neeti Doshi, MD, MPH

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical school: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Master of Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC (2011-2012)
Interests:Interactions between socio-cultural environments and health outcomes, school based health centers, public health program planning and evaluation, qualitative research, Latino health, international NGO leadership and development Personal:yoga, travel, vegetarian cooking, picnics, languages, experimenting with photography, exploring California's great outdoors


Amy Chong, MD

Hometown: Andover, MA
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical school: Tufts University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training:
Interests: Refugee and immigrant health, global health, nutrition and child obesity, health disparities, social determinants of health, improving care of underserved youth with special health care needs, medical education.
Personal:Trying new restaurants and foods, travel, enjoying the beauty of nature, photography, dancing, scuba diving, relaxing with friends and family.

Vivien Sun, MD, MS

Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical school: UCSF
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Master of Philosophy in Public Health, Cambridge University, UK
Interests:Disaster preparedness, limited English proficiency, immigrant/refugee health issues, social determinants of health, neighborhood safety, loneliness, medical summer camps, using technology in medicine, pediatric HIV
Personal: Reflective writing, reading, swimming, hiking, traveling, running, baking


Brittany Blockman, MD, MA

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical school:Tulane University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology, Harvard University; Advanced Training in Mind-Body Medicine at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC; attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts MFA program in Film and Television 2004-2005.
Interests:Integrative medicine, mind-body medicine, improving care of underserved youth with chronic illness and their families, advocacy through documentary film and writing, medical anthropology, social entrepreneurship, participatory medicine, NPO development, interdisciplinary collaboration, cross-cultural healing modalities, group support and education.
Personal:documentary filmmaking, travel, anything outdoors, festivals, live music, writing, photography, tennis, yoga, meditation, adventures, creative projects, spontaneity.


Priscilla Chan, MD

Hometown: Quincy, Massachusetts
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: UCSF
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training:
Interests and PLUS project: K-12 Education and interventions addressing adverse childhood experiences
Personal: I have a lovely dog named Beast

Lauren Nelson, MD, MPH

Hometown: Fort Washington, Maryland
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Harvard School of Public Health, Family and Community Health (Maternal Child Health/Children, Youth and Families)
Interests: Social and structural determinants of health, nutrition and childhood obesity, LGBT youth/adolescent health disparities, minority populations, prevention and primary care.
Legacy Report: Nelson Plus Report

Personal: Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking.

Michael Scahill, MD, MBA

Hometown: Scranton, PA
Undergraduate: Boston College
Medical school: Stanford University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: MBA, Stanford, 2012
Interests: Global health, Health care economics & policy, NGO management

Legacy Report: Scahill Legacy Report
Personal: Rugby player, Motorcycle enthusiast, Mountain biker, Amateur chef, Capricorn


Kaitlyn Bailey, MD

Hometown: Cary, NC
Undergraduate: Duke University
Medical school: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training:
Interests: Expanding access to quality health care, decreasing health care barriers experienced by immigrants and non-English speaking families, collaborating with media outlets and school systems to create a healthier culture, improving the coordination of care for medically complex children.
Legacy Report: uTalk.pdf
Personal: A few of my favorite things include- traveling, reading, running, cooking, being outdoors as much as possible, and watching college sports

Jessica Duvall, MD

Hometown: Ketchum, Idaho & Portola Valley, CA
Undergraduate: Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Medical school: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Medical Student Fellow (July 2010-May 2011)
Interests: Social and environmental determinants of health; health disparities; environmental health and justice; nature deficit disorder; food deserts and food policy; adolescent health, reproductive health and rights of youth, mental health access, rural health, legislative advocacy and policy development.
Legacy Report: Jessie Duvall, MD
Personal: Backcountry skiing with my dog, backpacking, biking around the city, crafting, music, cooking for friends, ultimate frisbee, exploring and general adventuring through the Bay Area and beyond.

Nneka Edwards-Jackson

MD Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Undergraduate: McGill University
Medical school: Columbia University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow, Bangkok, Thailand (2009-2010)
Interests: Underserved and minority populations, particularly in urban settings; at risk youth; health disparities; global health; medical education
Legacy Report: Nneka Edwards-Jackson
Personal: Running, learning to navigate SF on my bike, dancing (or at least trying to!), hanging out with friends and discovering new restaurants, traveling and scuba diving.


Ryan Padrez, MD

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical school: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Urban Institute Health Policy Center, Avalere Health, Center for Medical Technology Policy, American Academy of Pediatrics Department of Federal Affairs
Interests: Domestic health policy, health care quality, health care systems and organization, health services research, access and coverage for underserved populations, adolescent health, medical education, and interdisciplinary collaborations
Legacy Report:  Ryan Padrez Report
Personal: Being outdoors (biking, surfing, skiing, hiking, camping), live music, sports (playing and watching), politics


Rhea Boyd, BA, MD

Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical school:Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training:
Interests: I am interested in the spheres of public policy that directly influence a child's ability to grow into functioning and healthy adults, including education, immigration, crimnial justice, community violence, housing (particularly homeless populations), and environmental health issues. I also have a vested interest in the needs of urban, minority communities. Additionally, I am interested in discovering the optimal use of social media to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in medicine and pediatrics.
Legacy Report:  Rhea Boyd Legacy Report
Project Partner: Second Chance Tattoo Removal Clinic; Pierre-Marie Rose, MD; Clem Donahue, MD, Jess Schumer, MD.
Personal: Basketball, volleyball, latin dancing, live music, and college football


Adam Schickedanz, MD

Hometown: Brookline , Massachusetts
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical school: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Study Staff and Mirzayan Policy Fellow, Board on Health Care Services and National Cancer Policy Forum, Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science (July 2008 - June 2009)
Interests: Quality improvement and value in health care, social determinants of health, life course health development, clinical communication and decision-making, health professions education and medical culture, equity in access to health information technology, and the health impact of food marketing to children.
Legacy Report: The Financial Fitness Clinic 
Project Partner: The San Francisco Housing Development Corporation
Personal: Slam poetry, jazz (listening and playing), lacrosse, dog homemaking, urban hikes, and found art.
Post-Graduate Activities: UCSF Parnassus Pediatric Chief Resident; Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar (2014-16 cohort)

Peter Simon, MD, MPH

Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Undergraduate: Harvard College
Medical school: Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
Interests: Primary care for underserved populations, contraception and reproductive health, at-risk youth, child mental health, relationship violence, child abuse, and global health.
Legacy Report: Universal Chlamydia Screening Among Adolescents in Urgent Care: A pilot in 6M
Project Partner: SFGH Children's Health Center
Personal: Badminton, squash, languages, street food, coffeeshops, road trips, The New York Times.
Post-Graduate Activities: Staff Physician, Marin Community Clinic and San Mateo Medical Center

Sohil R Sud, MD, MA

Hometown: Glendora, CA
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical school: Tufts University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Master of Arts in International Affairs, Tufts Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy; currently working with an NGO based in San Francisco called the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH).
Interests: International health policy, health & human rights, and humanitarian action.
Legacy Report: Trading Away Health The Influence of Trade Policy on Youth Tobacco Control
Project Partner: Center for Policy Analysis of Trade & Health ( Personal: Sports (rockclimbing, basketball, tennis) and relaxing with good friends and good food.
Post-Graduate Activities: SFGH Pediatric Chief Resident


Joanna Mimi Choi, MD

Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Policy internships with the World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and American Academy of Pediatrics
Interests: Health Policy, Environmental Health, Childhood Obesity, Immigrant Health
Legacy Report: MotivateMe: A Motivational Interview Protocol to Address Obesity in High School Students.
Presentation: MotivateMe
Project Partner: San Francisco Unified School District
Personal:Travel, Cooking, Baking, Running, Yoga, Arts & Crafts.
Post-Graduate Activities: Working with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority to create healthier communities and increased use of public transportation.


Holly Martin, MD

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical school: Columbia University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training:
Interests: Global pediatric health, mobile health education, and immigrant health disparities.
PLUS Project: Peru Child Health, a non-profit dedicated to improving the health and wellness of Peruvian children through medical service, education and research. 
Personal: Spending time with my daughters and husband, exploring Northern California through day hikes and car camping, baking sweet treats.


Jessica Schumer, MD

Hometown: Larchmont, New York
Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical school: Tulane University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training:
Interests: Community Health, Public Health, Social Media, Advocacy
Project Partner: UCSF Pediatric Residency
PLUS Project: Pediatric Residency Project Wiki
Legacy Report: Pediatric Residency Project Wiki
Personal: Soccer, Water Polo, Squash, Tennis.
Post-Graduate Activities: Chief Residency at SFGH 2012-2013

Liz Triche, MD, MPH

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical school: Cornell
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Master of International Public Health (MIPH) at University of Sydney
1)Latino immigrant health 2) International health 3) Increasing physical activity, outdoor play and exposure to nature as a means to improving physical and emotional health of children
PLUS Project: Parks Prescription Collaborative: A multidisciplinary collaborative working together to connect San Francisco youth, adults and families to nature and the outdoors for health.
Personal: Swing, Blues and Salsa dancing as much as possible! Biking, hiking and camping around the bay area; Travel, Arts and Crafts, Guitar playing and camp sing-alongs.

Post Graduate Activities: Attending pediatrician and teaching staff at Gondar University Hospital Gondar, Ethiopia (through Texas Children's Global Health Corps) and Pediatrics Department Chair on the Island of Saipan.


Sarah Libecap, MD, MEd

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical school: University of Arizona
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Master's in Education University of Arizona
Interests: Underserved access to health care, border health issues, incarcerated youth, public health and universal health care.
Personal:Ultimate frisbee, backpacking, yoga, cycling, international travel, recycling, public transportation, wine tasting
Legacy Report: Beyond Immunizations; Improving Well-Child Visits Through Parent Education
Postgraduate Positions: Community pediatrician, Peace Health, Eugene, OR

Shannon Shea, MD, MPH

Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Undergraduate: Univeristy of Notre Dame
Medical school: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: MPH at Bloomberg School of Public Health
Interests: Immigration and Child Health; Pediatric HIV
Personal: Travel, Reading, Watching college football even when my team is not doing well, All things Bolivian
Postgraduate Positions: Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Tanzania

Ilana Sherer, MD

Hometown: Allentown, PA
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training:
Interests: Medically complex children, transgender children, immigrants, global health
Personal: Klezmer violin, cycling, dogs, exploring SF
Legacy Report: Improving Health Outcomes for Gender Non-conforming Children
Postgraduate Positions:

Julie Stein, MD

Hometown: La Canada, CA
Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical school: UCSF
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: MS, Health and Medical Sciences, UC Berkeley
Interests: SCHIP and Medicaid enrollment, under-insurance, access to health services
Personal: Traveling, running, eating good food and spending time with friends and family
Legacy Report: Beyond Immunizations; Improving Well-Child Visits Through Parent Education
Postgraduate Positions: Chief resident; UCSF pediatric faculty

Carey Levin, MD

Hometown: Carbondale, CO/ Albuquerque, NM
Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Boulder
Medical school: University of California. Davis
Interests: Rural Health, Health Care Access, Oral Health
PLUS Project: Improving pediatric oral health in rural West Marin County through community health clinic access and education in public schools.
Personal Interests: Snowboarding, Kayaking, Climbing, Mountain biking, running with my dog, traveling, anything outdoors and beautiful
Legacy Report: Improving Oral Health in Rural Communities
Postgraduate Positions: Community pediatrician: Bolinas, CA; New Castle, CO



Amy Beck, MD

Hometown: Greenwich, CT
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical school: University of Connecticut
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Interests: Childhood Obesity, Prevention of Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, Pediatric HIV and TB, Immigrant Health, Mental Health Access
PLUS Projects: An Evidence Based Obesity Intervention at an Inner-City Elementary School in San Francisco
Personal Interests: Baking, Hiking, Running, Reading novels, Travel in Latin America
Legacy Report: Evidence Based Obesity Prevention in an Inner-City Elementary School
Postgraduate Positions: Chief resident; UCSF general pediatric fellow

J. Raul Gutierrez, MD, MPH

Hometown: Brownsville, TX
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical school: University of Michigan
Interests: Health care access, Child Health Policy and Access (Latino and LGBT youth); Cultural Competency; Migrant Farmworker Health
Personal Interests: Outdoors, Live music; Singing; All things Brazilian
Legacy Report: Gender Variant Children: Awareness and Clinical Significance in the Primary Sare Setting
Postgraduate Positions: La Clinica de la Raza - San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center, Oakland, CA (mental health champion and school-based health clinics)

Lisa Meneses, MD, MPH

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical school: University of California, Davis
Graduate school: UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Interests: Adolescent Health; Ethnic Minority Health; Helath Care Disparities and Access; Public Health
PLUS Projects:
1. Working with a group of preadolescent girls at Boys and Girls Club to assist in curriculum design (focus on violence prevention and reproductive health) and program evaluation
2. Working with local stakeholders to obtain prevalence data on traumatic stress in SF youth in order to advocate for needed mental health services
Personal Interests: Travelling, Eating at new restaurants, Spending time with family/friends
Legacy Report: Picturing Health: A Community-Based Participatory Action Project with Preadolescent Girls in an Urban Underserved Program
Postgraduate Positions: Kaiser South Sacramento, CA


Mana Golzari, MD

Hometown: Osprey, FL
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical school: Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Interests: Juvenile detention reform, Medical homes for youth exiting detention, Legislative advocacy, Foster care reform, Youth violence, Health care policy reform
PLUS Projects: I worked to write, advocate for the passage, and strategize for the implementation of SB 1469 which makes it now mandatory in the state of California to enroll eligible youth into MediCal prior to release from detention. I also worked to create a partnership between San Francisco Juvenile Hall (S.P.Y.) and San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Clinic in order work towards the establishment of a system by which youth exiting juvenile detention will have a PMD appointment at the time of discharge. In conjunction with faculty collaborators, I worked to establish a juvenile detention health curriculum within the UCSF Pediatric residency program. Finally, I worked to research barriers to the establishment of medical homes for youth exiting detention with the goal of better understanding strategies by which physicians can work to establish medical homes for this often overlooked pediatric population.
PLUS Project Partners:San Francisco Juvenile Hall (Special Programs for Youth), San Francisco General Primary Care Clinic, New Directions
Personal: Painting, writing, activism for social justice
Legacy Report: Rattling the Bars for Change: Medical Homes for Youth Exiting Detention. Pediatrics in Review Vol 30 No 4 April 2009 151.

Postgraduate Positions: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellow 2010

Natalie Guerrier, MD
Hometown: New Haven, CT
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: Yale Medical School
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Interests: Access to Health Care, Health Disparities/Minority Health, Adolescent Health, Children's Rights, Public Education
PLUS Project: Developing a fourth-year visiting clerkship at UCSF aimed at students underrepresented in medicine.
Personal Interests: Eating at great restaurants, Travel, Music, Reading fiction
Postgraduate Positions: Hospitalist, INOVA, Fairfax Hospital, VA


Jyothi Marbin, MD

Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical school: Brown University
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Interests: Youth development, teen pregnancy, youth violence, social capital, screening tools
Personal: Spending time with my husband and daughter, reading, hiking, exploring the Bay Area
Legacy Report: Developing a Validated Screening Tool for Youth Violence
Postgraduate Positions: Childrens Hospital Oakland Research Institute


Amy Whittle, MD

Hometown: White Plains, NY
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: Cornell Medical School
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Interests:Outpatient care for immigrant populations;social determinants of health and medical-legal partnerships; motivational interviewing; using computer-assisted learning in resident curriculum
PLUS Project:
Medical-legal partnership at San Francisco General Hospital, started Fall 2008. By having an attorney physically located at the pediatric clinics, patients will have access to the legal help they so often need with issues such as substandard or unsafe housing, public benefits, and special education plans. The SFMLP will also train residents on topics related to the social determinants of health. We hope to help the next generation of pediatricians to be empowered and informed to refer patients to the appropriate resources.
PLUS Project Partner: Bay Area Legal Aid
Personal Iinterests: Biking, swimming, yoga, hiking
Legacy Report: San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership
Postgraduate Positions: Medical Director, San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership; Director, Physicians in Community and Develepment and Behavior curricula; Chapter I, AAP, State Governmental Affairs


Elizabeth Baca, MD, MPA

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Undergraduate: University of New Mexico
Medical school: Harvard
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS, UCSF
Other Education/Training: Master in Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government
Interests: Access to nutrition, physical activity, the built environment, health disparities
PLUS Project: GET FIT: Goals, Education and Training for Fitness
PLUS Project Partner: I worked with CHDP childhood obesity work group and provider referral network, The Excelsior Sports Club, San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council, San Francisco General Primary Care Clinic, met with providers of food for underserved communities (WIC, Food Stamp program, school breakfast and lunch)
Personal: Gardening, organic foods, tennis, swimming, reading foreign policy, learning and speaking foreign languages, travel
Legacy Report: GET FIT: Goals, Education and Training for Fitness
Postgraduate Positions: Working with STAT program at Stanford in the Department of General Pediatrics and at Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto

Kajal Khanna, MD, JD

Hometown: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Medical School: University of Toronto
Other Education/Training: JD, University of Toronto
Interests: International Health and Human Rights, Access to Health Care, Media and Advocacy, Medical Education
Personal Interests: Music, Photography, Being Outdoors, and Sunday brunch
Legacy Report: Bullet Proof
Postgraduate Positions: CHLA pediatric emergency medicine fellowship; Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine

Tricia Michels, MD, MPH

Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA
Undergraduate: Harvard, Cambridge, MA
Medical school: UCSF
Residency: Pediatrics, Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved, UCSF
Other Education/Training:
MPH, Interdisciplinary Program, UC Berkeley
Interests: Adolescent health, risk assessment and decision-making, youth pregnancy, youth violence, obesity, recreation opportunities for children, and media advocacy
Personal: Dance, hiking
Legacy Report: Bullet Proof: Media Advocacy for Youth affected by Community Violence
Postgraduate Positions:Chief resident; Medical director, Kelly Center for Family Violence Intervention and pediatrician, San Mateo, CA

Alex Zusman, MD, MPH

Hometown: Hollywood, FL
Undergraduate: Duke University (Durham, NC)
Medical school: University of Florida College of Medicine (Gainesville, FL)
Residency: Pediatrics, PLUS Program, UCSF
Other Education/Training: MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale University College of Epidemiology and Public Health
Interests: Media, Advocacy
PLUS Project: Bulletproof: documentary film on youth violence in SF
PLUS Project Partner: Wraparound Project
Personal Interests: Various...
Legacy Report: Bullet Proof: Media Adovcacy to Improve the Care of Injured Youth
Postgraduate Positions: Medical Director, Physician Referral Group; hospitalist, John Muir Medical Center, CA


Ricky Choi, MD, MPH

Hometown: none
BA The University of Chicago
MD Medical University of South Carolina
MPH Harvard University
Interests: North Korean health, health policy, children’s rights
PLUS Project: Developing advocacy within community health centers
PLUS Project Partner: Asian Health Services
Personal Interests: jazz/blues music and history
Postgraduate Positions: Department Head, Pediatrics, Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA; CA Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program; City Brights Blog, SF Chronicle (Link:; First 5 Commissioner, Alameda County; Chapter 1, AAP State Governmental Affairs; Chair, AAP Immigrant Health Speical Interest Group

Kevin Clarke, MD

Hometown: Shelton, CT
Undergraduate Education: University of New Hampshire
Medical School: University of Connecticut
Other Education:Research Internship, Rwanda-Zambia HIV Research Group
Interests:Orphaned and vulnerable children, African HIV/AIDS crisis, tropical medicine, immunization registries, global health education
PLUS Projects:
1) Building international partnerships to support HIV/AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa by establishing a non-profit, Friends of Zambian Orphans.
2) Effects of global health training experiences on professionalism and future career choices.
PLUS Project Partners:
1) Kondwa Centre in Lusaka, Zambia and local American school communities.
2) Child Family Health International, San Francisco.
Personal interests: Kayaking, hiking, and all that is outdoors;
Legacy Report: Responding to the HIV/AIDS Orphan Crisis
Postgraduate Actvities/Positions:Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative, Malawi; helped launch the Malawi Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support and Outreach program (MPHATSO); Pediatric HIV Clinical Advisor, South-to-South Partnership for Comprehensive Family HIV Care, University of Stellenbosch in South Africa; Center for Disease Control, Environmental Intelligence Services

Bergen Nelson, MD

Hometown: Reston, Virginia
Education: Wellesley College, '98, Harvard Medical School, 2000-2004 Teach for America, New York City, 1998-2000
Interests:Health disparities and access to care, public education. International health.
PLUS Project: School-based approaches to obesity prevention.
PLUS Partners Partners:
School health programs, SFUSD, individual schools and nurses, AAP chapter on school health. Non-profit organizations: Joy of Sports Foundation, Bay Area SCORES.
Project:Academic-Community Partnerships for Child Health and Education: Lessons in Leadership
Postgraduate Actvities/Positions: Clinical Instructor, General Pediatrics UCSF; Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, UCLA; Clinical Instructor, UCLA Department of Pediatrics ( research - partnerships between pediatric health services and education systems, evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to improve developmental and educational outcomes for at-risk children and youth)

Matt Oster, MD

Hometown: Metairie, Louisiana
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Childhood Obesity, Legislative Advocacy, Cardiology
PLUS Project: S.T.O.P. Obesity - School Toolkit On Preventing Obesity
PLUS Project Partners: American Academy of Pediatrics, Buena Vista Elementary School, California Food Policy Advocates
Personal Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, Football, Travel, Web Design
Postgraduate Actvities/Positions: Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Emory; Health outcomes research, advanced fellowship, Emory University; MPH, Emory University; joint appointment in pediatric cardiology and epidemiology, Emory University. (link to profile



Naomi Bardach, MD

Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Undergraduate: Barnard College, NYC
Medical school: UCSF
Interests: Teen literacy and early childhood learning, international health, particularly Latin America, medical education
PLUS Project: Literacy intervention for pregnant adolescents
PLUS Project Partners: Mt Zion Young Women's Clinic; KQED.
Personal Interests: Rafting, reading, hiking, singing, knitting, biking
Postgraduate Positions: Pediatric Chief Resident, San Francisco General Hospital; UCSF Gen Peds/Health Policy Fellow

Ryan Phelps, MD, MPH

Hometown: Denison, TX
UT-Austin (BA)
Duke (MD)
Johns Hopkins University (MPH)
Interests: Cost-effective prevention and treatment strategies of common communicable diseases in the developing world.
PLUS Project:
Community health survey of Batey 1, southwest Dominican Republic
Development of the nonprofit organization, The Health Justice Collaborative.
PLUS Project Partners: Batey 1, Dominican Republic; The Health Justice Collaborative 
Personal Interests:New Yorker cartoon contest, poker, running, my wife (wait...put her first).
Postgraduate Actvities/Positions: Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative, Swaziland; Associate Director, Botswana-Baylor program; Senior Pediatric Care Advisor, USAID

​​​​​​Josh Rising, MD, MPH

Hometown: Cheshire, CT
Education:Carleton College (BA); Boston University (MD); Boston University (MPH)
Interests: Universal healthcare; health services research; medical education
PLUS Projects:
Co-author of paper describing SFGH's novel asthma clinic
Co-author on a theoretical model describing risk factors for children to develop a special healthcare need
Primary author on paper outlining SF's recent health insurance expansion to cover low-income individuals aged 18-25
PLUS Project Partners:
Shannon Thyne, MD (Director of SFGH's Asthma Clinic)
Paul Newacheck, DrPH (researcher @ the Institute for Health Policy
Mitch Katz, MD (Director of the DPH in SF)
San Francisco Health Plan (the health plan implementing the health
insurance expansion)
Personal interests: Biking, reading fiction
Postgraduate Actvities/Positions: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Yale; Health Policy Advisor Connecticut Senate Democrats; Office of Policy, Center for Tobacco Products, FDA; Director, Medical Device Initiative, Pew Health Group