Faculty and Staff

Alicia Fernandez, MD, is the director of PROF-PATH, a professor of clinical medicine at UCSF, a general internist at San Francisco General Hospital and a health services researcher focused on reducing health care disparities in chronic disease, with an emphasis on diabetes.   Dr. Fernandez has served as an advisor to  numerous national foundations and organizations on health care disparities projects and currently serves as a member of NIH Health Services study section.  She is the health systems editor of the Lange (200) textbook Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients and has extensive experience mentoring junior faculty, fellows, and students in research.  Dr. Fernandez’s expertise in teaching and mentoring has been recognized by election to the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and more recently through an international professorship award for humanism from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Louise Aronson
Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, is the associate director of PROF-PATH, an associate professor of medicine, a geriatrician who cares for diverse, frail elders, and Director of Pathways to Discovery. She leads the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center and UCSF Medical Humanities, is associate editor of JAMA’s Care of the Aging Patient series, and directs Public Medical Communication for the Program for the Aging Century. A member of the Academy of Medical Educators and a former Teaching Scholar and Medical Education Research Fellow at UCSF, Dr. Aronson’s teaching, curriculum development, mentorship and research in critical reflection, geriatrics education, and public medical communication have been recognized locally and nationally. She is the author of A History of the Present Illness, stories which take readers into overlooked lives in the neighborhoods, hospitals, and nursing homes of San Francisco, published by Bloomsbury in January 2013.


Loma Flowers
Loma K. Flowers, MD, co-leads the Careers in Progress sessions and PROF-PATH mentoring with Dr. Fernandez. She practiced psychiatry for 40 years in San Francisco, publishing various practical aspects of her work including diversity, dreams, and an emotional competence curriculum (EC) she developed. Her life long interest is the relationship between individuality and universality. She now confines her international private practice to prevention, providing consultations, facilitating retreats, mentoring, lectures, seminars and training in applications of EC. Dr. Flowers is former president of the Northern California Psychiatric Association (1998-99), Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and (volunteer) Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF. She has won UCSF awards for both teaching excellence and community service.  She founded (2005) and chairs Equilibrium Dynamics (www.EQDynamics.org), a California 501(c)(3) dedicated to teaching EC to low income, minority and disadvantaged groups, focusing on the fundamental concepts and principles and everyday skills needed to use emotions effectively for personal and professional success. Collaborating with PROF-PATH is a powerful vehicle for enhancing our overlapping missions in the field of health care disparities.


Alma Martinez
Alma Martinez, MD, MPH, leads the PROF-PATH Spotlight program. Dr. Martinez is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Outreach and Academic Advancement for the UCSF School of Medicine, which ensures the diversity of the UCSF learner population in collaboration with the SOM leadership and the Office of Admissions. Dr. Martinez also directs the UCSF Post-Baccalaureate Program and serves on the leadership team of the recently formed UCSF Office of Multicultural Affairs.  She is the executive-director of the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (US-PRIME). Dr. Martinez has chaired one of the school's five admissions panels and is an active member on the school's diversity task force. Dr. Martinez is a beloved colleague and mentor in the UIM UCSF community and is the ideal person to lead our recruitment effort and the PROF-PATH Spotlight Program.



Victoria Chen is coordinator of the PROF-PATH program.