California HealthCare Foundation Announces Fellows for Health Care Leadership Program

Program celebrates its tenth year

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The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has announced the selection of 32 health professionals for the tenth class of its Health Care Leadership Program. The program equips talented professionals with the skills needed to have a positive impact on health care policy and delivery in California. Sponsored by CHCF, the program 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 ten years that the Foundation has supported this effort, we have been greatly impressed by participants’ sustained commitment to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in California,” said Smith.

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.

“This fellowship was the single most important professional experience I have ever had,” said alumnus Sang-ick Chang, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the Alameda County Medical Center. “Even years later, the lessons I learned about the importance of vision, political savvy, and self-knowledge are fresh in my mind and help me daily.”

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Class of 2010 – 2012

Parag Agnihotri, M.D.
Medical Director
Mercy Medical Group/CHW Medical Foundation

Pamela Brotherton-Sedano, M.S., R.N.
Vice President, Patient Safety/Corporate Responsibility Officer
O’Connor Hospital
San Jose

Jaime Chavarria, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Ravenswood Family Health Center
East Palo Alto

Tanya Dansky, M.D.
Medical Director
Children’s Physicians Medical Group
San Diego

Carlo DeAntonio, M.D.
Director, Clinical Services
North L.A. County Regional Center
Van Nuys

Alicia English, Ph.D.
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Center for Elders Independence

Johnson Gill, D.P.T., M.P.T., M.P.H.
Manager, Rehabilitation Services Department
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – County of San Bernardino

Alfred Glover, D.P.M.
St. Johns Child and Family Wellness Clinic
Los Angeles

Amy Gordon, M.D.
Associate Medical Director
Lifelong Medical Care

Deborah L. Gould, M.D.
APIC for Risk, Compliance and ARL
The Permanente Medical Group – Kaiser Permanente

Steven LeVine, M.D.
Assistant Physician-in-Chief
Kaiser Permanente

David Lown, M.D.
Medical Director
San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium
San Francisco

Todd May, M.D.
Chief of Staff
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco

Stephen McKenna, M.D.
Director, Rehabilitation Trauma Center
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose

Ann Marie Molyneaux
Manager, Care Management
San Francisco Health Plan
San Francisco

John Murphy, M.D.
Associate Medical Director/Chief Medical Informatics Officer
La Clinica de la Raza

Chris Palkowski, M.D.
Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center
The Permanente Medical Group

Steven Palmer, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Family HealthCare Network

Susan Philip, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, STD Prevention and Control Services Section
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco

Elise Pomerance, M.D., M.P.H.
Area Medical Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Los Angeles

Karen Rea, M.S.N., F.N.P.
Chief Nurse Executive
California Prison Health Care Services

Debra Rosen, R.N., M.P.H.
Program Director, Public Health, Chronic Disease and Health Education
Northeast Valley Health Corporation
San Fernando

Laura Salazar, M.D., AAHIVS
Medical Officer
County of Orange Health Care Agency
Santa Ana

Robert Schoenhaus, Pharm.D.
Director, Pharmacy Benefits Administration
Sharp Healthcare, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group
San Diego

Bonnie Scudder, M.O.T.
Executive Director of Program and Business Development
Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation

Evan Seevak, M.D.
Medical Director, Ambulatory Care and Chair, Department of Ambulatory and Preventive Medicine
Alameda County Medical Center

Tory Starr, M.S.N., C.I.C.
Regional Director for Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Management
St. Joseph Health System – Humboldt County

Maureen Stevenson, M.D.
Director of Medical Education
John Muir Health
Walnut Creek

Upasna Mini Swift, M.D., M.P.H.
Physician Advisor
Alameda County Medical Center

Leslie Tittle, M.D.
Assistant Medical Director, Baldwin Park Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles

Alen Voskanian, M.D.
Medical Director
Vitas Hospice
Los Angeles

Zipporah Wagabaza, R.N., M.S.N.
Nurse Manager
HealthCare Partners Medical Group
Los Angeles

About the Center for Health Professions at UCSF

Since 1992, the Center has been dedicated to transforming health care by delivering leadership programs to empower change agents at every level and within all sectors of the health care system; and internationally recognized, unbiased research to help health care decision makers understand today’s workforce issues and design actionable strategies to solve them. For more information, visit

About the California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation 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.