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CHCF Announces Fellows for Health Care Leadership Program

CHCF selected 32 health professionals for the seventh class of Health Care Leadership Program.

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has announced the selection of 32 fellows for the seventh class of the Health Care Leadership Program. The program helps talented professionals acquire the skills needed to positively influence health care policy and delivery in California. Sponsored by CHCF, it is administered by The Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

"These leaders bring a broad range of experience as medical directors, administrators, and supervisors, as well as diverse fields of expertise including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, clinical informatics, public health, and business," said Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. "In the seven years that we've supported this effort, we've been impressed with participants' sustained commitment to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in California," he noted.

Over the course of two years, fellows convene in seminars led by nationally recognized health care and leadership development experts and faculty associated with UCLA's Anderson School of Management. The program addresses health care issues from business, leadership, and public policy perspectives. Participants learn to build and lead teams, manage complexity and change, understand and use financial management tools, and respond to the changing health care environment.

"The fellowship gave me the vision, skills, and self-knowledge to be dramatically more effective in my organization and my profession," said alumnus Dr. Sang-ick Chang, CEO of the San Mateo Medical Center. "It is creating a cadre of health care professionals with a common mission and values who are transforming health care in California."

CHCF Health Care Leadership Class of 2007-2009

Taejoon Ahn, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director of Urgent Care Services, John Muir Medical Group
Walnut Creek

Shona Baum, M.S.W.
Division Director Child Youth and Family Programs, Westside Community Services
San Francisco

Susan Buchbinder, M.D.
Director, HIV Research Section, San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco

Michele Bunker-Alberts, F.N.P., M.S.N.
Family Nurse Practitioner, Alameda County Medical Center
Oakland

Linda Cade, F.N.P., M.S.N., C.D.E.
Nurse Practitioner and Chronic Care Coordinator, Open Door Community Health Centers
Eureka

Robert W. Castillo, M.D.
Medical Director, Quality Initiatives, Pioneer Medical Group
Long Beach

Helen Chen, M.D.
Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Veterans Affairs/UCSF
San Francisco

Peter Chen, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Director, Los Angeles County Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center
Long Beach

Jeff Critchfield, M.D.
Vice Chief of Medicine; Chief of Staff Elect, San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco

Susan Currin, R.N., M.S.
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Hospital Associate Administrator, San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco

Paula de Almeida, R.N., M.B.A.
V. P. Regional Care Management, HealthCare Partners Medical Group
Torrance

Mark Ewens, M.D.
Physician, Vice Chief of Staff, Woodland Healthcare
Davis

Grace Floutsis, M.D.
Medical Director, Clínica Msr. Oscar A. Romero
Los Angeles

Lisa Golden, M.D.
Medical Director, Ocean Park Health Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco

Lynda Hooper, R.N., M.B.A., C.P.H.Q., C.P.I.A.
System Director of Clinical Transformation, Sutter Health
Fremont

Claire Horton, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Medical Director for Quality, La Clínica de la Raza
Oakland

Lawrence Kwan, M.D.
Medical Director, Valley Homeless Healthcare Program, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System
San Jose

Stuart Levine, M.D., M.H.A.
Corporate Medical Director, HealthCare Partners
Torrance

Robert Moore, M.D.
Medical Director, Community Health Clinic Ole
Napa

Jose Luis Perez, M.D.
Medical Director, Central City Community Health Center
Los Angeles

Kelly Pfeifer, M.D.
Medical Director of Access; Co-Medical Director, Redwood Community Health Coalition; Petaluma Health Center
Petaluma

Elisabeth Renner, M.D.
Regional Medical Director, Hill Physicians
San Ramon

Wendy Ring, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Mobile Medical Office
Eureka

Niraj Sehgal, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Mount Zion Medical Service, University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco

Nancy Shibata, R.N., M.S.N.
Vice President, Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Oakland

Jagruti Shukla, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Main Campus Primary Care Clinic, San Mateo Medical Center
San Mateo

Sonia Soo Hoo, M.D.
Medical Legal Chief, Kaiser South San Francisco
Daly City

Joan Thompson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., C.D.E.
Supervisor, Preventive Medicine, La Clínica de la Raza
Oakland

Linda Tigner-Weekes, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, St. John's Well Child and Family Center
Los Angeles

Michael Weiss, D.O., F.A.A.P.
Pediatrician; Medical Director, Quality, Monarch HealthCare
Rancho Santa Margarita

Kathryn Wild, R.N., M.P.A.
Health Care Administrator, San Bernardino Sheriff's Department
Rancho Cucamongo

Dwight Winslow, M.D.
Statewide Medical Director, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Sacramento

About the Center for the Health Professions

The Center for Health Professions at UCSF assists health care professionals, health professions schools, care delivery organizations, and public policymakers in educating and managing the health care workforce.

About the California Health Care Foundation

CHCF is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.

CHCF informs policymakers and industry leaders, invests in ideas and innovations, and connects with changemakers to create a more responsive, patient-centered health care system.

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