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Thirty-two Clinicians Selected for CHCF Health Care Leadership Program

Oct. 19, 2016

Thirty-two clinicians throughout the state of California have been chosen to participate in the California Health Care Foundation Health Care Leadership Program, which equips participants with the skills to meet the challenges facing our constantly changing health care system. 

This rigorous, part-time, two-year fellowship addresses essential leadership and management skills, as well as health care trends and policy topics. It offers health care professionals hands-on opportunities to learn decision-making, strategic planning and executive skills. Fellows attend six seminars and participate in ongoing learning activities such as coaching, case studies and real-world projects, during the two-year program. 

Since 2001, 423 health professionals have participated in the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program. Nationally recognized health care and leadership development experts from Healthforce Center at UCSF teach the curriculum. Alumni become part of a network across California that continues to collaborate and share skills.

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Class of 2016-18:

Jei Africa, PsyD, MSCP
Office of Diversity and Equity, County of San Mateo Health System

Chitra Akileswaran, MD, MBA
Cofounder/Chief Operating Officer, LUCY; Attending Ob/gyn, Highland Hospital
LUCY and Highland Hospital

Cheryl Baggeroer, MD
Consulting Psychiatrist
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

Josh Banerjee, MD, MPH
Director, Adult Medicine
LAC+USC Primary Care

Georgina Bicknell, MS
Nurse Director
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

Naveena Bobba, MD
Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
San Francisco Department of Public Health

Sergio Camarillo, RN, MS, MBA
Director, Patient Care Services
Sutter Health

Daniela Connelly, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Officer
Wonderful Health and Wellness

Bahar Davidoff, PharmD
Vice President, Pharmacy
Regal Medical Group

Stanley Dea, MD
Director, eConsult
Dept. of Health Services, County of Los Angeles

Marie Earvolino-Ramirez, PhD, RN
Director, Clinical Outcomes

Cassandra Eslami, MS
Managing Director, Mental Health Services
HealthRight 360

Heather Filipowicz, MS, RD
Director, Clinical Nutrition
Stanford Health Care

Karen Gersten-Rothenberg, MSN
Family Nurse Practitioner
La Clínica de La Raza

Jason Guardino, DO, MS Ed
APIC, Quality; Chief, GI
The Permanente Medical Group

Reena Gupta, MD
Medical Director, PRIME and Care Transformation
San Francisco Health Network

Jen Hastings, MD
Medical Director, Encompass Community Services, Santa Cruz
Director, Transgender Healthcare, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Hyung Kim, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Sonali Kulkarni, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Division of HIV and STD Programs, LA County Dept. of Public Health

Johanna Liu, PharmD, MBA
Director, Quality and Pharmacy
Santa Clara Family Health Plan

Ben Lui, MD, MPH
Center Director and Medical Director
Chinatown Public Health Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Karen Noblett, MD, MAS
Professor and Chair
UC Riverside School of Medicine

Ami Parekh, MD, JD
Executive Medical Director, Population Health and Accountable Care
UCSF Health

Mitesh Popat, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Director
Marin Community Clinics

Khodam Rostomian, MD, MBA
Assistant Area Medical Director
Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Alpa Sanghavi, MD
Chief Quality and Experience Officer
San Mateo Medical Center

Erika Schillinger, MD
Clinical Professor
Stanford University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Seal, MD
Medical Director and Psychiatrist
Health Care for the Homeless, Alameda County Public Health Dept.

Ulfat Shaikh, MD, MPH
Director, Healthcare Quality; Professor of Pediatrics
UC Davis School of Medicine

Tanya Threewitt, MD
Medical Director Family Medicine
John Muir Medical Group

Alexander Threlfall, MD
Medical Director
Brookwood Health Center, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers

Edward Yu, MD
Medical Director, Quality
Palo Alto Medical Foundation / Sutter Health

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