Coaching Program

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.
  • Coach Competencies

Our Coaches:

Naomi Anker, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
VA Medical Center
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/naomi.anker
Naomi Anker

 

 

 

Training
Tufts University School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Nephrology Fellowship
UCSF Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) Certificate
UCSF Teaching Scholars Program

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending for Nephrology Consult Service, Hemodialysis Clinic, and Internal Medicine Inpatient Wards, SFVA
SFVA Site Director, UCSF Nephrology Fellowship

Professional interests
Medical education, electrolyte and acid-base disorders, dialysis, social determinants of health, systems improvement.

Personal interests
Exploring the Bay Area with my husband and child, craft projects, cooking.

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
In challenging situations, believe in the positive intent of those around you.

Melissa Bachhuber, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/melissa.bachhuber
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
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
General Internal Medicine Clinic Attending
Urgent Care Clinic, Parnassus
Internal Medicine Resident Preceptor
PISCES Internal Medicine Preceptor and Advisor

Professional interests
Primary care, student-run clinic (Mabuhay), teaching

Personal interests
Travel, food, art

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Go see the patient. Tell a story.
 

Bryn Boslett, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/bryn.boslett
Boslett

 

 

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.

Denise P. Chang, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Anesthesia, Division of Pediatric Anesthesia
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/denise.chang

Denise P. Chang




Training
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
UCSF Anesthesiology Residency
UCSF Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending, Pediatric Anesthesia, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Attending, Pediatric Anesthesia, ZSFG
PISCES preceptor for anesthesia clerkship

Professional interests
Medical education, mentoring, quality improvement, wellness, communication

Personal interests
Traveling, spinning, reading, painting, growing houseplants, exploring San Francisco with my dog

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Always take the time to invest in yourself. It’s worth it.

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

Sneha Daya, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
Department of Pediatrics, ZSFG Children’s Health Center
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/sneha.daya

 

 

Training
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Albany Medical College BS/MD program
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency, Christiana Care Health System
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Christiana Care Health System

Current Clinical Practice and Medical Education Roles
Hospitalist for adult inpatients at Moffitt-Long and Mission Bay Hospitals
Pediatric urgent care clinic provider and preceptor at ZSFG Children’s Health Center
ACLS Instructor, Kanbar Center for Simulation Education
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (DEI) Community Site Ambassador, Parnassus

Professional Interests
Feedback and learning climate in medical education
Use of simulation in teaching and assessment in medical education
Development of DEI and structural competency curricula for medical students, residents, faculty
Transitions of care from pediatric to adult health systems

Personal Interests
Baking bread, cakes, and cookies, tea tasting, hot yoga, audiobooks, and East Coast ventures

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Keep working hard and striving to be better. Your time will come.

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

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
Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/kathryn.eubank
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
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
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
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
Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
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
Goglin

 

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

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
Director, Clinical Immersive Experiences (CIEx)

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
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.

Valerie Gribben, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF
CEASE Champion, UCSF
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/valerie.gribben
Valerie Gribben, MD
Training
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Stanford/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency
Stanford/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Pediatric Chief Resident

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending Pediatric Hospitalist with ZSFGH Inpatient Ward, Nocturnist Service, and Urgent Care.
UCSF CEASE (Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure) Champion

Professional interests
Medical education, tobacco cessation, advocacy, design thinking, trainee career development, reducing physician burnout, medical humanities, women in medicine, narrative medicine

Personal interests
Writing

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Whenever you are feeling lost, re-read the words from Dr. Tinsley Harrison in Principles of Internal Medicine (adapted): “No greater opportunity or obligation can fall the lot of a human being than to be a physician. In the care of suffering she needs technical skill, scientific knowledge and human understanding. She who uses these with courage, humility and wisdom will provide a unique service to her fellow man and will build an enduring edifice of character within herself. The physician should ask of her destiny no more than this and she should be content with no less."

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

 

Training
University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine
Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School--Internal Medicine Primary Care Track Residency and Chief Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Primary Care physician for adults with complex medical problems 
Preceptor for categorical and primary care residents in clinic
Obesity Medicine specialist in an interdisciplinary weight management clinic
Director of Diversity for Graduate Medical Education
Dean’s Diversity Leader for Differences Matter, Group 2 on Faculty

Professional interests
Care of medically complex patients, 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, medical education, diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education.

Personal interests
Spending time with family, tennis, wine tasting in Sonoma, playing word games.

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
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/lawrence.haber
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
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
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 HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/elizabeth.imbert
Imbert

 

Training
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency, ZSFG Primary Care Track

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
HIV primary care physician at ZSFG, CMC Preceptorship Director

Professional interests
HIV, vulnerable populations, relationship-centered communication 

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
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
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/jennifer.kerns
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
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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/brent.kobashi

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
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/catherine.lau

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, Quality and Patient Safety, Division of Hospital Medicine
Caring Wisely Director, UCSF Health


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 kids 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
Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/lorriana.leard

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
Vice Chief, Clinical Operations, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
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
F
ind what brings you joy and fulfillment. Spend more time doing that!

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

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.

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

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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/mary.margaretten

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
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/andrea.marmor

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.

Marlene Martin, MD
Addiction Care Team (ACT) Director
Care Transitions Taskforce Co-chair
Division of Hospital Medicine, Assistant Professor, UCSF
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/marlene.martin
Marlene Martin, MD
Training
Stanford School of Medicine
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist at ZSFG
Director, ZSFG Addiction Care Team

Professional interests
Systems improvement in the safety net, addiction medicine, equity, care transitions, advocacy, leadership

Personal interests
spending time with loved ones, weekend escapes, international travel, exercise, cooking, and diving

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor

"Life is about people." -Dr. Oscar Salvatierra 

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

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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/sirisha.narayana

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 Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/sara.newmann

Newmann

 

Training
Brown University School of Medicine
Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
UCSF Fellowship in Family Planning

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
OB/Gyn faculty, ZSFG
OB/GYN third-year clerkship site director, ZSFG
Relationship Centered Communication Trainer, ZSFG

Professional interests
Family planning and masculinities, global women’s health, family planning and HIV integration, abortion access, relationship centered communication

Personal interests
Dance, yoga, reading, food, spending time outside by myself and with my family, dance parties with my young twins

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Collaborate, do what makes your heart sing, take two-week vacations (instead of one) whenever possible

Gabe Ortiz, MD, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/gabe.ortiz

OrtizG

Training
Tri-Institutional MD, PhD Program
UCSF Internal Medicine Residency
UCSF Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Hospitalist at ZSFG
Medical Director of Med/Surg care areas

Professional interests
Hospital clinical operations and quality improvement, care of underserved population, bridging complex social determinants of health needs

Personal interests
Being a great dad and husband, playing softball, coaching baseball, hiking, dancing, and time with friends

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Improvement requires dedicated intention.
Make your efforts count twice, or more, whenever possible!
If you do not plan and study before you act, you just do do do.

Nanah Suk Park, MD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/nanah.park

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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/christopher.peabody

Peabody

 

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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/meg.pearson

Meg Pearson

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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/alissa.peterson

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.

Binh An Phan, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/binhan.phan 
Binh An Phan
  

Training
University of Michigan Medical School
University of Washington Hospitals Internal Medicine Residency
University of Washington Hospitals Cardiology Fellowship
University of Washington Hospitals Cardiovascular Research Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending for Inpatient Cardiology Service, Outpatient Cardiology Clinic, Echocardiography Laboratory, Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Associate Program Director, UCSF Cardiology Fellowship Program

Professional interests
Cardiovascular disease prevention, cholesterol, atherosclerosis, vascular imaging, cardiovascular risk, statins, medical education, clinical teaching, mentoring, career advising

Personal interests
Spending time with my family, running, martial arts, reading

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Dream big, work hard, stay positive, and enjoy the journey.

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

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

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
Harvard-Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Medical Director, UCSF Emergency Department (Parnassus Heights)
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
Always listen to both sides of the story before drawing any conclusions.
 

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

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
Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/stephanie.rennke

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
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Anesthesia, Division of Pediatric Anesthesia
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/gabriel.sarah

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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/leslie.sheu

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!

Alan Shindel, MD, MAS
Associate Professor
Department of Urology
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/alan.shindel

Shindel

 

Training
Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine
Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine Residency in Urology
UCSF Fellowship in Andrology
UC Davis Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research

Current clinical practice and medical education positions
Associate Professor of Urology, UCSF
Staff Physician, Department of Urology, ZSGH
Committee on Admissions, UCSF School of Medicine

Professional interests
Medical education, sexual wellness, men reproductive health, chronic pelvic pain syndromes, voiding dysfunction

Personal interests
Cooking, spending time with my kids, travel, non-fiction reading

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Two main lessons stand out: the first is that a professional does what they do every day as if they love it, no matter how they feel. The second is that it is essential to take responsibility when things go wrong; don’t try to pass the buck, even when it’s not your fault . . . just focus on making it better.

William Shyy, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/william.shyy

Shyy

 

Training
University of Iowa School of Medicine
University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency and Chief Residency
UCSF Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Attending Physician, UCSF Emergency Department (Parnassus Heights)
Ultrasound Director, UCSF Emergency Department (Parnassus Heights)
Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Co-Director, UCSF Emergency Department

Professional interests
Clinical ultrasonography, medical education, CME, faculty development and mentorship

Personal interests
Exercise, fishing, hiking

An important lesson you have learned from a mentor
Listen and learn something from every patient and colleague you meet.

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

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.

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

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.

Vanessa Thompson, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/vanessa.thompson

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.

Derek Ward, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Adult Reconstruction
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/derek.ward

WardD

Training
UCSF School of Medicine
UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Fellowship at The Rothman Institute in Adult Reconstruction

Current clinical practice and medical education roles
Surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement and complex revision surgery at UCSF and the SFVAMC
Core education director, UCSF orthopaedic surgery residency

Professional interests
Health care policy and value based care, quality improvement, and medical education

Personal interests
Skiing, trail running, wine, and personal finance for physicians

An important lesson you learned from a mentor
Tenacity and enthusiasm are the keys to success. 
Always be nice; kindness is contagious and being mean costs you your dignity. 

Heather Whelan, MD, MS
Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/heather.whelan

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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/naomi.wortis

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
Family physician at ZSFG Family Health Center
Core faculty UCSF Family & Community Medicine Residency Program
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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/michi.yukawa

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
https://profiles.ucsf.edu/josue.zapata

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.