CHCF Announces Fellows for Health Care Leadership Program


The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) selected 30 health professionals for the sixth class of 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).

“For the sixth year, we’re proud to continue this effort to support some of California’s most dynamic health care leaders,” said Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. “This diverse group of professionals will be working toward innovative solutions that improve the quality and efficiency of health care in California,” added Dr. 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.

“The fellowship was nothing less than transformative. It came at a point in my career when I needed more leadership skills to succeed in a new role, and the fellowship gave me those skills,” said alumnus Dr. Sang-ick Chang, medical director and chief operating officer of the San Mateo Medical Center. “As a result of my experiences in the fellowship, I feel both inspired and prepared to play a role in leading change in health care at the local, state, and even national level.”

Class of 2006-2008

Felix Aguilar, M.D., M.P.H.
CHDP Director, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
Long Beach

Ursula Baffigo, M.D.
Associate Medical Officer, Northeast Valley Health Corporation
San Fernando

Vivian Branchick, R.N., M.H.A.
CNO / Director of Nursing Affairs, Department of Health Services
Los Angeles

Carolyn Brown, D.D.S.
Dental Director, Native American Health Center
San Francisco

Barbara Carnes, M.D.
Assistant Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente (SCPMG)
Harbor City

Janet Chaikind, M.D.
Supervising Physician, Director of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, San Mateo Medical Center
San Mateo

Alice Chen, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, General Medicine Clinic, UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco

Jorge Cuadros, O.D., Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Informatics, UC Berkeley
Berkeley

Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, M.D.
Attending Physician, EMS Base Director, ACMC – Highland Campus, UCSF
Oakland

Paul Glassman, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Associate Dean, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
San Francisco

Sarah Guerry, M.D.
Medical Director, Sexually Transmitted Disease Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Los Angeles

Rachna Gupta, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, South Bay Family Healthcare Center
Torrance

Hali Hammer, M.D.
Medical Director, Family Health Center, UCSF/SFGH
San Francisco

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

Willard Hunter, M.D.
Medical Director, Open Door Community Health Centers
Eureka

M. Eliana Lois, M.D.
Chief Medical Services, Inland Regional Center
San Bernardino

Thomas Mahoney, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Clinical Affairs, California Primary Care Association
Sacramento

David Martins, M.D.
Medical Director, To Help Everyone (THE) Clinic Inc, UCLA, Charles Drew University
Los Angeles

Patrick Meehan, M.D.
Executive Director, Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center
Santa Cruz

Edward Palacios, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H.
CEO, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
Fresno

David Pryor, M.D., M.P.H.
Medial Director, Aetna
Thousand Oaks

Diana Ramos, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Los Angeles County-Maternal Health and Family Planning
Los Angeles

Mary Rutherford, M.D.
Director, Emergency Medicine and Immediate Past President Medical Staff, Children’s Hospital Oakland
Oakland

Martha Ryan, R.N., F.N.P., M.P.H.
Executive Director, Homeless Prenatal Program
San Francisco

Peter Scheid, M.D.
Associate Medical Director, Community Care Health Centers
Huntington Beach

Michael Scott, M.D.
Department Chair, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Downey

Narinder Singh, Pharm.D., M.B.A.
Pharmacy Director, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System
San Jose

Arpana Vidyarthi, M.D.
Director of Quality, Inpatient General Medicine Service, Mofitt-Long Hospital, UCSF
San Francisco

Pamela Wald, M.D.
Assistant Area Medical Director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Baldwin Park

Michael Zimmerman, M.D.
Director of Performance Improvement, Affinity Medical Group
Alameda

About The Center for the Health Professions

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

For more information about the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program and a complete list of fellows, see the links below.


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.