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
Ursula Baffigo, M.D.
Associate Medical Officer, Northeast Valley Health Corporation
Vivian Branchick, R.N., M.H.A.
CNO / Director of Nursing Affairs, Department of Health Services
Carolyn Brown, D.D.S.
Dental Director, Native American Health Center
Barbara Carnes, M.D.
Assistant Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente (SCPMG)
Janet Chaikind, M.D.
Supervising Physician, Director of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, San Mateo Medical Center
Alice Chen, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, General Medicine Clinic, UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital
Jorge Cuadros, O.D., Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Informatics, UC Berkeley
Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, M.D.
Attending Physician, EMS Base Director, ACMC – Highland Campus, UCSF
Paul Glassman, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Associate Dean, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
Sarah Guerry, M.D.
Medical Director, Sexually Transmitted Disease Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Rachna Gupta, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, South Bay Family Healthcare Center
Hali Hammer, M.D.
Medical Director, Family Health Center, UCSF/SFGH
Claire Horton, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Medical Director for Quality, La Clinica de la Raza
Willard Hunter, M.D.
Medical Director, Open Door Community Health Centers
M. Eliana Lois, M.D.
Chief Medical Services, Inland Regional Center
Thomas Mahoney, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Clinical Affairs, California Primary Care Association
David Martins, M.D.
Medical Director, To Help Everyone (THE) Clinic Inc, UCLA, Charles Drew University
Patrick Meehan, M.D.
Executive Director, Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center
Edward Palacios, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H.
CEO, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
David Pryor, M.D., M.P.H.
Medial Director, Aetna
Diana Ramos, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Los Angeles County-Maternal Health and Family Planning
Mary Rutherford, M.D.
Director, Emergency Medicine and Immediate Past President Medical Staff, Children’s Hospital Oakland
Martha Ryan, R.N., F.N.P., M.P.H.
Executive Director, Homeless Prenatal Program
Peter Scheid, M.D.
Associate Medical Director, Community Care Health Centers
Michael Scott, M.D.
Department Chair, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Narinder Singh, Pharm.D., M.B.A.
Pharmacy Director, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System
Arpana Vidyarthi, M.D.
Director of Quality, Inpatient General Medicine Service, Mofitt-Long Hospital, UCSF
Pamela Wald, M.D.
Assistant Area Medical Director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Michael Zimmerman, M.D.
Director of Performance Improvement, Affinity Medical Group
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.