Bridges Faculty

Bridges Curriculum faculty are comprised of educators for Foundations 1 Leadership, Foundations 2 Leadership, and Coaches.


Foundations 1 Leadership



Element Leaders

ARCH (Assessment, Reflection, Coaching & Health)

Co-Directors: Cathy Lomen-Hoerth and Era Kryzhanovskaya

CMC (Clinical Microsystems Clerkship)

Director: Anna Chang

Co-Director, Direct Patient Care: Susannah Cornes

Co-Directors, Health Systems Improvement: Catherine Lau and Lei Choi

Co-Director, Clinical Preceptorships: Sam Brondfield

Site Directors:

SFVAHCS: Daphne Lo

UCSF Health: Stephanie Rennke 

ZSFG: Eric Isaacs

Foundational Science Blocks

Ground School

Director: Marieke Kruidering

Director: Raga Ramachandran

Assistant Director: Madhu Rao

ABC (Airways, Blood, and Circulation)

Director: Dana Rohde

Director: Leslie Zimmerman

Assistant Director for Fall: Binh An Phan

Assistant Director for Winter: Solmaz Manuel

H&I (Health & the Individual)

Director: Megha Garg 

Co-Director: Archna Eniasivam

Assistant Director: Aimee Medeiros

REGN (REGulatioN)

Director: Tracy Fulton 

Director: Justin Sewell 

Assistant Director: Leticia Rolon 

H&S (Health & Society)

Director: Megha Garg 

Co-Director: Archna Eniasivam

Assistant Director: Aimee Medeiros

PhD (Pathogens and Host Defenses)

Director: Brian Schwartz

Director: Manji Karandikar

Assistant Director: Ari Molofsky

Life Stages

Director: Naomi Stotland

Director: Josette Rivera

Assistant Director: Patrick Newman

BMB (Brain, Mind, and Behavior)

Director: Dan Lowenstein

Director: Andy Josephson

Director: Descartes Li 

Assistant Director: Nailyn Rasool

Assistant Director: Aaron Clark

Assistant Director: Nilika Singhal

DR (Diagnostic Reasoning)

Director: Denise Connor

Assistant Director: Sirisha Narayana

Assistant Director: Patrick Newman

Inquiry Program

Program Director: Rita Redberg

Co-Directors, Core Inquiry Curriculum: Michelle Hermiston and John Turnbull

Director, Inquiry Immersion: Nilika Singhal

Foundations 2/Career Launch Leadership








Anesthesia 3rd, 4th

Vasilis Tabakis (3rd Year, Anes 110)

Marie Lim (4th Year)

Kristine Breyer, MD


Assessment, Reflection, Coaching & Health (ARCH) 3rd, 4th Jen Cross Cathy Lomen-Hoerth, MD
Community Engagement Rotation (CER; IDS 124) 4th Naomi Chapman


Elizabeth Griffiths, MD

Naomi Wortis, MD

Clinical Immersive Experiences (CIEx) 3rd Marcelo Furquim Leslie Sheu, MD
Coda (IDS 115)


Alissa Boado

Brad Monash, MD

Charlene Blake, MD

CPX 3rd Jen Cross Abbi Phillips, MD
Deep Explore 4th Christina Middleton Rita Redberg, MD
Dermatology 3rd, 4th Laura Harrison Carina Woodruff, MD
Designing and Conducting Research (DCR; IDS 120) 4th Inquiry Coordinator

Meyeon Park, MD

Rebecca Graff, ScD

Emergency Medicine SFGH/Parn Sandra Lieu

Aaron Harries, MD

Marianne Juarez, MD

Highland Idella Watts Caitlin Bailey, MD
Family & Community Medicine 3rd, 4th

Roy Johnston

Irina Worthey

Erica Brode, MD

Betsy Wan, MD

Foundational Sciences in Foundations 2 (FS in F2; IDS 113) 3rd Amy Yun Sam Brondfield
Heidi Kirsch, MD
Fresno Programs all courses Kasan Jones Kenny Banh, MD
IDS 140.60 Expanding WikiProject Tina Tai

Amin Azzam, MD

IDS 196 Teaching  

Please contact the Director of the course you'd like to teach:
Foundations 1 Courses

Introduction to Career Launch (ICL; IDS 119) 4th Amy Yun

Brad Monash, MD

Charlene Blake, MD

KLIC-East Bay 3rd Arielle Landaverde 

Tali Ziv, MD


Brian Lin, MD

Jessica Tashjian, MD

Lab Medicine 140.01 Andy Yeh  Zane Amenhotep, MD
140.07 Reid Rosehill Scott Kogan, MD
140.08 Andy Yeh Barbara Haller, MD
LIFE (Longitudinal Integrated Fresno Experience) 3rd

Sydney Rusconi

Erica Gastelum, MD

Loren Alving, MD

Medicine 3rd (Medicine 110), 140.01 (Sub-Is) Amy Zhen

Cindy Lai, MD

Lynnea Mills, MD

4th year electives (not Sub-Is)

Emerald Wong

David Sears, MD

Model SFGH 3rd Irina Worthey Margo Vener, MD, MPH
Neurology 3rd Karl Kanner

Megan Richie, MD

4th Ashley Robelo
Neurological Surgery 4th Teresa Pan Manish Aghi, MD
2-week Subspecialty Teresa Pan
Obstetrics & Gynecology 3rd, 4th

Kristin Olson

Jeannette Lager, MD, MPH
Ophthalmology 4th Michelle (Shelle) Libberton Neeti Parikh, MD
Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)   Pearl Zulueta Chirag Patel, MD, DDS
Orthopaedic Surgery 4th

Daniel Peterson

Nikki Schroeder (All OSURG courses) and Daniel Petersen (Orthopaedic Surgery Selective Director, OSURG 140.05 only)
Otolaryngology (ENT) 4th Marissa Szeto Chase Heaton, MD
Pathology 4th

Sarah Bowman

Kirsten Dahmen

Raga Ramachandran, MD, PhD
Pediatrics 4th Doris Masferrer

Sara Buckelew, MD


Christine Phung

Joseph Sullivan, MD

Maria Wamsley, MD

Psychiatry 3rd Sharon Salapare Demian Rose, MD
4th Tina Tai Descartes Li, MD
Radiation Oncology 4th Miriam Gray Patricia Sneed, MD
Radiology 4th Samira Zebarjadian Emily Webb, MD
Specialty Practice Ambulatory sub-iNternship (SPAN; IDS 125) 4th Christine Phung Kate Lupton, MD
Surgery 3rd Frenni Enriquez

Matthew Lin, MD

4th Heidi Crist
Urology 4th Kirstie Cruz Alan Shindel, MD
VALOR 3rd N/A Calvin Chou, MD


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.