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Medical Education
Medical Student Education

Coaching Program

Mission

The School of Medicine Coaching Program is designed to provide academic guidance for students and support their professional and personal development throughout their medical school curriculum. By providing longitudinal coaching for all medical students and robust faculty development for our coaches, we aim to create successful learning communities that support and respond to the needs of our students, coaches, and the patients we serve.

Overview of the Coaching Program

Coaches are clinician educators who provide advice, assistance, and encouragement in all aspects of our students’ education and professional development. The coaches are a diverse group of faculty from multiple specialties and teaching sites. They are each assigned a small number of students to foster personal and individualized teaching and mentoring relationships.

The coaching program provides:

  • Longitudinal coaching for students
    • Each coach is assigned a group of about 6 first-year medical students to oversee throughout their medical school curriculum. As we begin this new program, coaches are also assigned 6-7 third-year medical students to provide additional support as those students complete medical school.
  • Individualized support
    • Coaches regularly review their students’ progress and competency development with them, and guide students in individual learning planning.
    • Coaches meet with their students individually and in small groups.
    • Coaches refer students to the range of learning and career development resources available at UCSF as needed.
  • Formal instruction in clinical skills, including quality improvement and patient safety
    • Coaches are site faculty members in the Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC), teaching clinical skills and overseeing students’ systems improvement learning at clinical sites during the Foundations 1 portion of the Bridges Curriculum.

Our Coaches
 

Melissa Bachhuber, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/melissa.bachhuber

Training
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending for Internal Medicine Inpatient Wards, Co-Management Service, and Primary Care Clinic, SFVA
Core Faculty, Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, SFVA
Faculty Mentor, VALOR Clerkship, SFVA
Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Education, SFVA

Professional interests
Interprofessional education, health professions education and policy, transitions of care, systems improvement

Personal interests
Enjoying the outdoors with my family; hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, cycling, music, travel.

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Treat each person with compassion and respect. Reflect each day on something positive that happened. Cultivate resilience. 

Christopher A. Bautista, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/christopher.bautista

 

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UC Davis Internal Medicine-Primary Care Residency
UC Davis Internal Medicine Chief Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Internal Medicine, UC Primary Care China Basin
PISCES preceptor and advisor
Internal Medicine Resident Clinic Preceptor

Professional interests
Primary care, student-run clinics (Mabuhay in SoMa, Bayanihan in Sacramento), teaching, medical humanities

Personal interests
Vacations, food, art 

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
See the patient. Ask for help. Take risks. Tell a story.

Bryn Boslett, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Training
Temple University School of Medicine 
Massachusetts General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Health Professions Education Pathway

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending, UCSF Infectious Diseases inpatient consult service and outpatient clinic
Attending, UCSF 360 Wellness Center

Professional interests
Treatment of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, medical education, quality improvement, curriculum development, technology-enhanced learning, antimicrobial stewardship

Personal interests
Photography, wine, musical theater, travel, trying to go to the gym regularly!

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 

Pei Chen, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/pei.chen

Training
University of Vermont, College of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Internal Medicine Residency, Primary Care Track
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine, Geriatric Fellowship, Clinician Educator Track

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Associate Medical Director, UCSF Center for Geriatric Care
Faculty lead on Integrated Clinical Skills (ICS) on function, fall, and cognition
Faculty lead on developing a interprofessional learners’ ambulatory clinic
Lead geriatric liaison in community partnership and geriatric education in the Optimizing Aging Collaborative

Professional interests
Geriatric syndromes; deprescribing; management of adults with complex care needs; transition of care; patient safety, quality and systems improvement; interprofessional education and practice

Personal interests
Cooking and eating good foods, traveling

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Follow your passion. Be persistent and persevere. Celebrate small and big success. Make time to take care of yourself.

Taylor Clark, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/taylor.clark

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Pediatrics Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
General Pediatrics, ZSFG Children's Health Center, Acute Care Clinic
Pediatric Hospital Medicine, ZSFG Inpatient Pediatric Unit
Small Group Facilitator, Foundations of Patient Care, UCSF School of Medicine

Professional interests
Medical education, feedback and evaluation, quality improvement, disaster preparedness

Personal interests
Chasing after my two young kids, yoga, reading, skiing, spending time with family

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Be patient. In life and in medicine, good and bad things will declare themselves. It's ok not to know right now.

Eddie Cruz, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/edward.cruz

Training
University of California at Davis School of Medicine
Children's Hospital of Oakland Pediatrics Residency
University of California at Davis Master's of Public Health
Primary Care Outcomes Research Fellowship, University of California at Davis Health System

Current clinical practice and medical education positions
General Pediatrician, 6M Children's Health Center
Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) faculty

Professional interests
Perform quality research that will improve the lives of underserved children with asthma; diversity in the workforce and reduce healthcare disparities in the underserved; educate trainees on how to practice evidence based medicine and culturally sensitive care

Personal interests
Sports, outdoors, cooking

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Never underestimate the power of mentorship, it will help you succeed in whichever career pathway you choose.
Don't be afraid to look for help, your mentors are there to help you succeed.

Abbi Eastburn, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/abigail.eastburn

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Primary care physician, San Bruno VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)
Internal Medicine ward attending, San Francisco VA
Preceptor/clinical supervisor, Medical Practice at SFVA and San Bruno CBOC
Site Director, San Bruno Primary Care Clinic for UCSF Medicine residents

Professional interests
Interprofessional education (Leadership team for the SFVA Center of Excellence for Primary Care Education), panel management (develop curriculum and facilitate sessions for interprofessional trainees at SFVA), remediation/mentorship (Director of Clinical Skills Guidance Program), primary care administration (Associate Director of Primary Care, SFVA and associated community clinics)

Personal interests
Family time (young daughter), pet time (chocolate lab), reading, online shopping

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Never underestimate the value of truly getting to know everyone you are working with on a personal level. 

Odinakachukwu Ehie, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/odinakachukwu.ehie

Training
University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
NYU Anesthesiology Residency
Stanford/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending for Pediatric Anesthesia at UCSF
Faculty Mentor, UCSF Anesthesia Residency

Professional interests
Global health – currently involved with the Health Volunteers Overseas / Society of Education in Anesthesia, primarily at Vietnam site, but looking to teach in other countries.

Personal interests
Enjoy traveling – 43 countries thus far! Also enjoy salsa dancing.

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Remember compassion and respect. Take quality time for yourself and don’t put life on hold for later.

Kathryn Eubank, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/kathryn.eubank​

Training
University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center Medical School
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Internship and Residency
Johns Hopkins University Geriatrics Fellowship
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education positions
Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Attending, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Medical Director, Acute Care of Elders Unit, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Ethics Steward, UCSF
Intersession 2 Co-Course Director, UCSF

Professional interests
Acute care of older adults, delirium, polypharmacy, geriatrics, clinical ethics, interprofessional education and practice

Personal interests
Cooking/baking, hiking, travel

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Seek advice. No one is successful without help/mentoring, and there are lots of people willing to help.
Take breaks now. Enjoy a good meal now. Have fun now. Don't put life on hold.

Shannon Fogh, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
http://radonc.ucsf.edu/shannon-fogh

Training
Boston University School of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University Radiation Oncology Residency and Chief Residency
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education positions
Medical Director and Vice Chair of the Radiation Oncology Quality and Safety Program
Associate Program Director, Radiation Oncology
CMC site co-director for UCSF Health

Professional interests
Treatment of central nervous system malignancies, quality improvement

Personal interests
Tennis, pattern-making, sewing, knitting, and crafting

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Pace yourself. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

James Frank, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/james.frank

 

Training
University of Colorado, School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship 
UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute Research Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Co-Director and Curriculum Coordinator, ICU, San Francisco VA 
Pulmonary ALS Clinic, San Francisco VA
Core Faculty, UCSF Pulmonary/CC Fellowship

Professional interests
Mechanical ventilation and respiratory failure, critical care ultrasound, quality improvement, clinical simulation education, patient/family/interprofessional communication

Personal interests
Activities: Cooking with my family, gardening, bonsai, surfing. Places: Rocky Mountains, Montana, Coast-side SF Peninsula

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
No one succeeds alone, we are all interdependent. To help others is to help yourself. 

Sarah GaleWyrick, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family & Community Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/sarah.galewyrick​

Training
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin Madison Family Medicine Residency
University of Wisconsin Family Medicine Academic Fellow
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program 

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Family medicine doctor at UCSF Lakeshore Family Medicine Center
PISCES Family Medicine co-liaison 
PISCES clinical instructor
FCM 110 clinical instructor 
Primary Care Procedures elective course director 

Professional interests
Providing excellent primary care from birth to death, UCSF Primary Care Leadership Academy-leadership counsel, history of medicine 

Personal interests
Spending time with family and friends, baking (okay, okay - and eating), hiking, reading, exploring the Bay Area

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Best advice for medical school, from my father (a family medicine doctor of 40 years): "If you really need to know it for patient care, you're going to hear about it a dozen times before you need to use it. So after you've put in the work - read the book, listened to the lecture, made your own diagram - stop studying! Go eat some ice cream, go for a walk, go to bed, or call your mother." 

Jeffrey M. Gelfand, MD, MAS
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/jeffrey.gelfand

Training
Harvard Medical School
UCSF Internal Medicine Internship
UCSF Neurology Residency
UCSF MS Center, MS/Neuroimmunology Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
UCSF MS Center: MS and Neuroimmunology clinic
UCSF Memory and Aging Center: Autoimmune Encephalopathy Clinic
San Francisco General Hospital: General Neurology, MS/neuroimmunology, inpatient attending
Director, UCSF MS Center Clinical Fellowship Training Program

Professional interests
Education; clinical research; clinical trials, especially earlier phase and translational trials; multiple sclerosis; neurosarcoidosis; autoimmune encephalitis; immunosuppression; neurological manifestations of systemic inflammatory/rheumatological diseases; clinical reasoning/difficult diagnosis

Personal interests
Family, raising three children, cooking, crossfit, hiking, travel, creative non-fiction writing, history

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Take chances, be brave, run with what you believe in, incorporate helpful criticism but don’t ever lose your optimism; regularly reflect on what an amazing privilege it is to lead the life of a physician and the meaning of the work we get to do. 

Sarah E. Goglin, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/sarah.goglin

Training
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Rheumatology Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending, UCSF Rheumatology outpatient clinic and inpatient consult service
Attending, ZSFG Rheumatology clinic
Director of Rheumatology medical student elective
Director of Rheumatology Intern Half Day

Professional interests
Systemic vasculitis, lupus, medical education, curriculum development, quality improvement

Personal interests
Spending time with my husband and two daughters, enjoying the outdoors, cooking, gardening

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Make yourself indispensable. Be kind to yourself and others.

Jessica E. Gosnell MD
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Endocrine Surgery
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/jessica.gosnell

Training
University of Washington School of Medicine
UCSF-East Bay Surgical Residency
TS Reeve International Clinical Fellow in Endocrine Surgery - Sydney, Australia

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending Surgeon, Endocrine Surgery, Mt. Zion and Parnassus
Attending, Acute Surgical Care Service, Parnassus
Attending, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia and Medullary Thyroid Cancer Clinic
Director, Endocrine Surgery Lab Tissue Bank

Professional interests
Treatment of medullary thyroid cancer, taking care of families with multiple endocrine neoplasia, surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, mentorship

Personal interests
Family, soccer and sports of all kinds, writing, baking, literature

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Keep your eyes on the prize.

Marlene Grenon, MDCM, MMSc, FRCSC
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/marlene.grenon 

Training
International Space University, Diploma in Space Sciences
McGill Medical School
Harvard Medical School, Master in Medical Sciences - Clinical Investigations
McGill Cardiac Surgery Residency
University of British Columbia Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Arizona Heart Institute Endovascular Surgery Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Vascular surgeon, UCSF and San Francisco VA Medical Center

Professional interests
Vascular rehabilitation, aerospace medicine

Personal interests
Martial arts, surfing, spending time with my family

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
A balanced life will help all aspects of your work.

Katherine Gundling, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Immunology
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/katherine.gundling

 

Training
University of Rochester School of Medicine
University of California, Davis Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Residency, and Fellowship
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Practice Chief, Allergy and Immunology
Associate Program Director, Allergy and Immunology 
Foundations of Patient Care Small Group Facilitator

Professional interests
Primary immunodeficiency in adults, climate change and human allergies/immunity

Personal interests
A cappella music, exploration of flora on local hiking trails 

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
It is good to discuss work in an ice cream parlor.
We are all students.

Michelle Guy, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/michelle.guy

Training
University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine
Care at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School Internal Medicine Residency
Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School Chief Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Care of adults with complex medical problems in an outpatient primary care clinic 
Preceptor for categorical and primary care residents in the clinic
Care for patients with obesity in an interdisciplinary weight management clinic
Associate Medical Director, General Internal Medicine Clinic at Post Street

Professional interests
Care of the complex medical patient, diabetes care and group visits, diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, primary care of the post bariatric surgery patient, quality improvement in the outpatient medical clinic, SBIRT in the primary care setting

Personal interests
Spending time with family, tennis, kickboxing, wine tasting in Sonoma

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
When you encounter a frustrating clinical situation, take a deep breath and think, “What would I want to happen if I were this patient?”

Lawrence (Larry) A. Haber, MD​
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/lawrence.haber

Training
Cornell University Medical School
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
ZSFG Division of Hospital Medicine
Director, Medicine Consult and Comanagement Service
Assistant Director, Faculty Inpatient Services
Associate Director, Intersessions Course
Director, ZSFG Hospital Medicine Elective
Confidential Career Advisor, School of Medicine
Director, Faculty Development ZSFG Division Hospital Medicine

Professional interests
Medical education in the clinical space, clinical problem solving, faculty development

Personal interests
My daughter, live music, cartooning, guitar noodling, exploring Golden Gate Park

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Be kind to your colleagues

Caitlin Hasser, MD
Associate HS Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/caitlin.hasser

Training
University of Virginia School of Medicine
UCSF Psychiatry Residency
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Director of the women's mental health program at the SFVA
VA site director for UCSF psychiatry residency program

Professional interests
Teaching medical students, psychiatry and psychology trainees in mental health outpatient settings; interprofessional training and professional identity development; women's mental health, interpersonal trauma, and primary care-mental health integration

Personal interests
Camping and spending time with my children

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
To work to my strengths and passions while always keeping an area where I am growing.

Ari Hoffman, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/ari.hoffman

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency
NIH Clinical Research Training Program with concurrent NIH Bioethics Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist, Moffitt-Long Medicine Service and Goldman Medicine Service

Professional interests
Health policy, policy implementation, population health, medical education, bedside ultrasound, medical procedures

Personal interests
Running, cycling, world travel, and rocking out to upbeat music (especially in the kitchen)

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
My improv theater coach used to say, "If you're not making mistakes, you're not improvising." Improv has taught me to accept life's offers and build on them, put myself out there, try to make others look good rather than myself, and remember that mistakes are how we learn.

Elizabeth Imbert, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/elizabeth.imbert

Training
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist, HIV urgent care provider, and primary care preceptor at ZSFG

Professional interests
Improving care for high-risk populations

Personal interests
Running, traveling, eating good food

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Treat patients like you would want your family member or friend to be treated.

Eric Isaacs, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/eric.isaacs

Training
Northwestern University Medical School
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Transitional Internship
UCLA-Olive View Emergency Medicine Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending Physician, Emergency Department, ZSFG
Ethics and Palliative Care residency curriculum coordinator
Scribe Director, Emergency Department, ZSFG

Professional interests
Communication skills, palliative care, clinical ethics, use of scribes

Personal interests
Tennis, cycling, blues guitar, and mandolin

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Be passionate and listen to your gut.

Jennifer Kerns, MD, MS, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/jennifer.kerns

Training
UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital Ob/Gyn Residency
UCSF Fellowship in Family Planning

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Ob-Gyn, ZSFG
Director of Research, Women’s Options Center, ZSFG

Professional interests
Shared decision making for abortion method, abortion safety

Personal interests
Triathlons, reading fiction, watching my kids’ soccer games, and watching John Oliver and Samantha Bee episodes

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Follow your passion. Go with your gut. Know yourself. Take vacations.

Adeena Khan, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/adeena.khan​

Training
University of Washington Medical School
University of Washington Internal Medicine Residency
University of Washington Harborview Chief Resident

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist, Moffitt-Long Medicine Service and Goldman Medicine Service
Assistant Director, Moffitt-Long Medicine Service
Assistant Medical Director, Medicine UBLT

Professional interests
Medical education, curriculum development, quality improvement, communication skills

Personal interests
Having fun with my toddler!

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Bring your true self to every role in life

Brent Kobashi MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/brent.kobashi

Training
Stanford School of Medicine
UCSF General Internal Medicine-Primary Care Residency
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Associate Medical Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Educational Site Director, General Internal Medicine Clinic at Sutter Street

Professional interests
Patient-centered medical home, HIV medicine, healthy aging, chronic disease management

Personal interests
Hiking, baking bread, brewing kombucha, complicated board games, cultivating a San Francisco garden

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor

Catherine Lau, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/catherine.lau

Training
New York University School of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Institute for Physician Leadership

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist, Moffitt-Long Medicine Service, Neurosurgery Comanagement Service, Hospitalist Proceduralist Service
Director, Patient Safety and Quality, Department of Neurological Surgery

Professional interests
Patient safety, quality and systems improvement, high-value care, patient-centered communication, transitions of care, QI medical education

Personal interests
Cooking, travel, watching Stanford football, running after my kid and labradoodle

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Lorri Leard, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/lorriana.leard​

Training
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
UCSF Lung Transplant Fellowship
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Chief of Clinical Operations, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Attending, UCSF Advanced Lung Disease inpatient service
Attending, UCSF Lung Transplant Program Pre- and Post-transplant ambulatory clinics
Attending, UCSF Cancer Center Pulmonary Medicine Ambulatory Clinic

Professional interests
Advanced lung diseases (interstitial lung disease, COPD, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis), pleural disease, pulmonary nodules, lung cancer, medical education, and quality improvement

Personal interests
Skiing, swimming, reading, traveling, and spending time with my two daughters.

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Find what brings you joy and fulfillment. Spend more time doing that! 

Descartes Li, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/descartes.li

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Psychiatry Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education positions 
Director, Brain, Movement, and Behavior course
Director, UCSF Bipolar Disorders Program
Director, UCSF Electroconvulsive Therapy Service
Site Director, UCSF Residency Training Program in Psychiatry
Director, Medical Student Education, Department of Psychiatry

Professional interests 
Bipolar disorder, electroconvulsive therapy, cultural psychiatry, suicide prevention, medical education

Personal interests 
Spending time with family (married to Leah Karliner, MD, UCSF Class of 1996, now an internal medicine doctor at UCSF), food, and the Golden State Warriors

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
This is not a good job if you need to have closure.

Steve Ludwin, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/steven.ludwin​

Training
Tulane University School of Medicine
Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital Internal Medicine Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending, UCSF Parnassus: Inpatient Medicine Teaching Service, Medicine Consultation Service, Medicine Direct Care Service
Associate Director, Division of Hospital Medicine Faculty Development Program
Director, UCSF IM Residency - Hospitalist Elective

Professional interests
Faculty development, medical education, digital health, mentorship, medical humanities

Personal interests
Travel, baseball, golf, family time, music

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Put the patient first. Be humble. Take time to stop and smell the roses. 

Tenessa MacKenzie, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/tenessa.mackenzie

Training
University of Florida School of Medicine
Beth Israel Family Medicine Residency
UCSF Northern California Faculty Development Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Family physician, UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore
Preceptor, UCSF Family Medicine Residency at ZSFG

Professional interests
Reproductive health and abortion care in family medicine, medical education, outpatient procedures, pediatrics

Personal interests
Hiking, cycling, snowboarding, travel

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
You can't solve everything in a day.

Mimi Margaretten, MD, MAS
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/mary.margaretten

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Rheumatology Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending for Rheumatology Clinics at ZSFG and SFVA
Rheumatology Consult Attending at ZSFG

Professional interests
Rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, quality improvement, medical education

Personal interests
Running, cooking, spending time with my family

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Pick the person not the project.

Andrea Marmor, MD, MSEd
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/andrea.marmor

Training 
Harvard Medical School
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Internship in Pediatrics
UCSF Pediatrics Residency
USC Keck School of Medicine/Rossier School of Education, Masters in Medical Education

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending pediatrician in the Pediatric Urgent Care, the Pediatric Inpatient Service, and the Pediatric Asthma Clinic at ZSFG
Supervise trainees from UCSF's Peds, FCM, and EM residency programs, as well as medical students in these settings
Director, Life Stages course

Professional interests
Medical education is my primary focus, and I enjoy both clinical and classroom teaching. Favorite topics to teach include fever, pediatric emergencies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, evidence-based medicine and pediatric trauma. 

Personal interests
My young daughter is my main personal interest at the moment, and I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work part-time so I can participate in her daily explorations. I also enjoy painting, making jewelry, exercise, and being outside.

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Watch and listen. Keep your eye on the ball. Keep an open mind. 

Anna K. Meyer, MD, FACS, FAAP
Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/anna.meyer

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
University of Michigan, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residency
Children's Memorial (Lurie) Hospital, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program
American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Faculty-In-Training program

Current clinical practice and medical education
Pediatric Otolaryngologist, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals-Oakland-San Francisco
Director of Medical Education, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Facilitator, Relationship-Centered Communication for health care providers
Fellowship director, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Professional interests
Anatomy and diagnosis of middle ear disorders, health disparities in pediatric otolaryngology, relationship-centered communication, otolaryngology in medical education, early surgical resident education

Personal interests
Tango dancing, textile weaving, baby-wearing, camping and hiking, non-medical reading, podcast listening

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Cultivate unconditional positive regard, especially when confronted with conflict.

Sirisha Narayana, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/sirisha.narayana

Training
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
University of Washington Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency/Clinical Teacher Fellow
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles 
Hospitalist, Moffitt-Long Medicine Teaching Service, Co-Management and Medicine Consult service, Goldman Hospital Medicine service
Faculty Lead, Integrated Clinical Skills, Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC)
UCSF Ethics Committee member
Co-Physician Lead, UCSF Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care rounds

Professional interests
Medical education, physical examination, medical decision-making, self-directed feedback, medical ethics

Personal interests
Running, hiking around the world, resurrecting dormant musical capabilities

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Work hard, and be nice to everyone!

Sara Newmann, MD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/sara.newmann 

 

Nanah Suk Park, MD
HS Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/nanah.park

Training
Chicago Medical School
University of Chicago Pediatrics Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Outpatient General Pediatrics, Pediatric Asthma

Professional interests
Asthma education and medical education

Personal interests
Golf, traveling

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Holly Humphrey, Dean of Medical Education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine introduced me to this quote by Dr. Francis Peabody: "For the secret of the care of the patient is in the caring of the patient." It's such a simple quote but so meaningful. I think actually caring for your patient will give you the motivation to go the extra mile for them whether it's finding a different way to communicate and bond with them, reviewing the latest evidence-based literature, or spending the extra time to just listen.

Christopher (Toff) Peabody, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
University of Southern California and Los Angeles County Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency and Chief Residency
Harvard School of Public Health
Zuckerman Fellowship, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending Physician, ZSFG Emergency Department
Director, Acute Care Innovation Center

Professional interests
Acute care innovations, patient safety and quality improvement, emergency department teamwork, physician mentorship and leadership, caregiver burnout

Personal interests
Service, politics, east bay hiking

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
A mentor: is available, trustworthy, interested in your success, has high expectations, actively listens, and connects you to a broader network.

Meg Pearson, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/meg.pearson

Photo: Elisabeth Fall

Training
Yale University School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending for Primary Care Clinic, Emergency Department, Primary Care Musculoskeletal Clinic, and Internal Medicine Wards, San Francisco VA and San Bruno VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Core Faculty, Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, SFVA
Co-Director, Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE), UCSF School of Medicine

Professional interests
Primary care, medical education, musculoskeletal care, joint injections, urgent care, general internal medicine, interprofessional education, interprofessional case conferences

Personal interests
Hanging out with family, being outside, biking around San Francisco, karaoke, costume parties, chocolate, sour beer, trying all the amazing food and drink in the Bay Area, reading/listening to audiobooks

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Be kind. To others, and also to yourself. 

Alissa Peterson, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/alissa.peterson

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Psychiatry Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending, Inpatient Psychiatry, ZSFG
Associate Program Director, UCSF Psychiatry Residency Training
Site Director Psychiatry Residency Training, ZSFG

Professional interests
Emergency psychiatry, severe mental illness, women's mental health, trauma, underserved populations, medical student/resident education and well being

Personal interests
Yoga, musical theater, reading, watching inane TV shows with my husband, being silly with my kids

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Do your best to be kind, brave, and confident every day. That's all that matters.

Steven Polevoi, MD
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/stevenk.polevoi

Training
George Washington University School of Medicine
UCLA School of Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Emergency Medicine Residency
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program
UCSF-Coro Faculty Leadership Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Medical Director, UCSF Emergency Department (Parnassus Heights)
Member, Integrated Curriculum Steering Committee
Quality Improvement Director, UCSF Emergency Department
Emergency Department liaison, PISCES program

Professional interests
Operations, quality improvement, patient safety, medical education

Personal interests
Exercise, vacations, watching my kids become adults, SF Giants, SF Opera

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
If you can't solve a problem with three emails, pick up the phone.
Always listen to both sides of the story before drawing any conclusions.

Erika Leemann Price, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/erika.price​

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Stanford Hospital and Clinics Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency
UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist, SF Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Director of Quality Improvement, SFVAMC Anticoagulation and Thrombosis Service
Co-Director of Quality Improvement, SFVAMC Medical Service

Professional interests
Communication and quality of care, complex decision making in older patients, patient safety and electronic medical records, electronic referral/consultation, anticoagulation and thrombosis, evidence-based physical exam

Personal interests
Running and being outdoors, singing, writing, and spending time with friends and family

An important lesson I have learned from a mentor
You can have everything. You just can’t have it all at once.
When you’re having trouble making a decision, sometimes it helps to get more information.

Stephanie Rennke, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/stephanie.rennke

Training
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Yale-New Haven Primary Care Medicine Residency and Chief Residency
UCSF School of Medicine Teaching Scholars Program
UCSF Institute for Physician Leadership

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist, Moffitt-Long Medicine Service and Goldman Medical Service
CMC site co-director for UCSF Health

Professional interests
Medication safety, medication reconciliation, care of the hospitalized older adult, acute care for the elderly, shared decision making/communication, faculty development

Personal interests
Cycling, soccer, and singing (in the car, much to the chagrin of my children)

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Be patient, listen, and work in teams.   

Gabriel Sarah, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Anesthesia, Division of Pediatric Anesthesia
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/gabriel.sarah

Training
The University of Arizona College of Medicine
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Anesthesiology Residency
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Pediatric Anesthesia attending at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay
LGBT Topic Steward – Bridges Curriculum
Course Director – Pediatrics 140.52 – Pediatric Anesthesia

Professional interests
Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education. Diversity in medicine. Perioperative healthcare for underrepresented populations.

Personal interests
Traveling, absorbing the San Francisco food scene, outdoor adventures in Northern California’s beautiful natural scenery.

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Struggles are common; your response should be unique and powerful.

Leslie Sheu, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/leslie.sheu

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Primary care at Mount Zion and urgent care at Parnassus
Internal Medicine Resident Clinic Preceptor
Attending, inpatient teaching service at Moffitt-Long Hospital
PISCES preceptor for medicine clerkship

Professional interests
Medical education scholarship, mentorship, transitions of care

Personal interests
Trying new restaurants, walks and hikes around the SF bay area, and spending evenings with friends

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Always believe in yourself!

Nilika Singhal, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Departments of Neurology & Pediatrics 
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/nilika.singhal

Training
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Residency 
UCSF Child Neurology Residency and Chief Residency
UCSF Epilepsy Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Pediatric epileptologist, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital 

Professional interests
Pediatric epilepsy, pediatric epilepsy surgery, medical education

Personal interests
Entertaining my kids, yoga, running, hiking, travel

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Listen with intention, have compassion, and work in teams.   

Ben Smith, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/ben.smith

Training
Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Public Health
San Jose-O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program
Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Family Doctor, UCSF Lakeshore Family Medicine Center; Attending at SFGH Family Health Center and Family Medicine Inpatient Service
Family and Community Medicine Liaison for Parnassus Integrated Student Clinical Experience (PISCES)
Advisor Steward for PISCES

Professional interests
Addiction medicine, preventive care, public health

Personal interests
Spending time with my kids, cooking, binge watching on Netflix

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Pay attention to yourself.

Geoff Stetson, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/geoffrey.stetson

Training
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency, San Francisco Primary Care Track

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist at the San Francisco VA, taking care of adult inpatients
Run a course for internal medicine residents to learn to become better clinical teachers

Professional interests
Use of technology in medical education, trainee wellness

Personal interests

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Work hard, but always try to have fun, because then it doesn’t feel like work.

Jonathan B. Strober, MD
Clinical Professor
Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/jonathan.strober

Training
Temple University Medical School
Schneider Children's Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center Pediatrics Residency
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania Child Neurology Residency
Emory University Neuromuscular Medicine & Neurophysiology Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending physician for inpatient child neurology service and outpatient clinics
Director, Pediatric Neuromusuclar Program and the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic and MDA Care Center

Professional interests
Therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders, with main interest in neuromuscular diseases. PI for clinical trial in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Personal interests
Spending time with my family, including my two cats and chocolate Labrador; theater; amusement parks; knitting; and wine

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
You may not get everything you want, but if you don't ask or try to get it, you'll never know if you can have it.

 

Larissa Thomas, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/larissa.thomas

Training
Emory University School of Medicine
UCSF San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency
Harvard Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Teaching and Faculty Inpatient Service Hospitalist, ZSFG
Internal Medicine Residency Site Director for ZSFG

Professional interests
Physician well-being, transitions of care for vulnerable populations, social determinants of health, social medicine

Personal interests
Traveling, college basketball, baking, attempting to keep a garden alive

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Don't try to fit yourself into a mold of the perfect leader, doctor, or teacher. There is no perfect way to be, and you will always be more effective and happy when you stay true to yourself.

Vanessa Thompson, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/vanessa.thompson

 

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine – ZSFG Primary Care Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Primary care provider, ZSFG
Academic Development Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program
Lead a fellowship for community physicians on advocacy around obesity prevention
As a clinician educator, I focus on teaching medical students and residents in primary care clinic and on the inpatient medicine wards.

Professional interests
Feedback, communication and professionalism in medical education and the role of women in medicine.  

Personal interests
Enjoying family – children Anna, Lukas, and Liv and husband Henrik. Exploring San Francisco’s neighborhoods. Thinking about how to dismantle the patriarchy. 

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Don’t make the intellectual decision. Make the brave, bold decision. 

Heather Whelan, MD, MSc
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/heather.whelan

Training
UC Davis School of Medicine
UCLA-Olive View Internal Medicine Residency
New York University, Masters of Science in Education

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist and Associate Section Chief, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Director, OSCE
FPC Co-Director

Professional interests
Patient narrative and storytelling, assessment, communication, medical note-writing, faculty development

Professional interests
Yoga, hiking, cycling, swimming, travel, foreign languages, fiddle

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Don't be afraid to be fabulous.
"There are no boring patients"-- in other words, every patient has something of value or interest to teach us (my mentor was told by her team of residents and students that they had admitted a boring patient; after talking with the patient, she managed to dig up the fact that a scar on the patient's knee was from an injury on the Titanic).

Naomi Wortis, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Family & Community Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/naomi.wortis

Training
Harvard Medical School
UCSF-SFGH Family & Community Medicine Residency
UCSD Faculty Development Program: Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending family physician at ZSFG Family Health Center
Director, Pathway to Discovery in Health & Society
Co-Director of Advocacy, Community Engagement, Quality Improvement, and Leadership curriculum for family medicine residents

Professional interests
Community engagement, service learning, health equity, social justice

Personal interests
My daughter, reading, cooking, biking, sailing, watching movies

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
If you can walk, you can dance.
Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Michi Yukawa, MD, MPH
Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/michi.yukawa

Training
Brown University School of Medicine
Brown University Internal Medicine Residency
University of Washington Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Harvard University Masters in Public Health
University of Washington Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Geriatrician for veterans at the SFVAMC
Attending for Internal Medicine Inpatient Wards
Medical director, Community Living Center, a skilled nursing facility at the SFVAMC
Director of the Geriatric Medicine elective for the fourth-year medical students

Professional interests
Interprofessional education, mentorship in academic medicine, geriatric medicine, system improvement

Personal interests
Music, cooking, baseball, skiing, traveling, spending time with my family

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Be available to listen, treat everyone equally with respect and compassion, be supportive 

Josué Zapata, MD, MBA
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/josue.zapata

Training
Harvard Medical School
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency
Harvard Business School

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Assistant Chief, Medical Service SFVAMC
Interim Internal Medicine Residency Site Director SFVAMC

Professional interests
Quality improvement, healthcare leadership, healthcare value, hospital administration, application of management practices to healthcare, trainee mentorship

Personal interests
Surfing, weightlifting and fitness training, golf, coaching soccer (toddler division)

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
The best way to develop skills in an area is by jumping right in and making mistakes.

 

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