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
Shona Baum, M.S.W.
Division Director Child Youth and Family Programs, Westside Community Services
Susan Buchbinder, M.D.
Director, HIV Research Section, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Michele Bunker-Alberts, F.N.P., M.S.N.
Family Nurse Practitioner, Alameda County Medical Center
Linda Cade, F.N.P., M.S.N., C.D.E.
Nurse Practitioner and Chronic Care Coordinator, Open Door Community Health Centers
Robert W. Castillo, M.D.
Medical Director, Quality Initiatives, Pioneer Medical Group
Helen Chen, M.D.
Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Veterans Affairs/UCSF
Peter Chen, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Director, Los Angeles County Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center
Jeff Critchfield, M.D.
Vice Chief of Medicine; Chief of Staff Elect, San Francisco General Hospital
Susan Currin, R.N., M.S.
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Hospital Associate Administrator, San Francisco General Hospital
Paula de Almeida, R.N., M.B.A.
V. P. Regional Care Management, HealthCare Partners Medical Group
Mark Ewens, M.D.
Physician, Vice Chief of Staff, Woodland Healthcare
Grace Floutsis, M.D.
Medical Director, Clínica Msr. Oscar A. Romero
Lisa Golden, M.D.
Medical Director, Ocean Park Health Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Lynda Hooper, R.N., M.B.A., C.P.H.Q., C.P.I.A.
System Director of Clinical Transformation, Sutter Health
Claire Horton, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Medical Director for Quality, La Clínica de la Raza
Lawrence Kwan, M.D.
Medical Director, Valley Homeless Healthcare Program, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System
Stuart Levine, M.D., M.H.A.
Corporate Medical Director, HealthCare Partners
Robert Moore, M.D.
Medical Director, Community Health Clinic Ole
Jose Luis Perez, M.D.
Medical Director, Central City Community Health Center
Kelly Pfeifer, M.D.
Medical Director of Access; Co-Medical Director, Redwood Community Health Coalition; Petaluma Health Center
Elisabeth Renner, M.D.
Regional Medical Director, Hill Physicians
Wendy Ring, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Mobile Medical Office
Niraj Sehgal, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Mount Zion Medical Service, University of California, San Francisco
Nancy Shibata, R.N., M.S.N.
Vice President, Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Jagruti Shukla, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Main Campus Primary Care Clinic, San Mateo Medical Center
Sonia Soo Hoo, M.D.
Medical Legal Chief, Kaiser South San Francisco
Joan Thompson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., C.D.E.
Supervisor, Preventive Medicine, La Clínica de la Raza
Linda Tigner-Weekes, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
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
Dwight Winslow, M.D.
Statewide Medical Director, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
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
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.