CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Announces New Class of Fellows

Program transforms today's clinicians into tomorrow's leaders

Thirty-two clinical leaders have been chosen to participate in the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Program, which provides the leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges facing our state’s health care system, the foundation announced today.

The leadership program is a part-time fellowship that offers clinically trained health care professionals hands-on opportunities to learn the decisionmaking, strategic planning, and executive skills they need to excel as leaders.

Fellows attend six seminars and participate in ongoing learning activities during the two-year program. Graduates gain unique insight into the trends and challenges facing health care professionals and leave prepared for new levels of leadership within their organizations.

More than 400 doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals have participated in the program. Nationally recognized health care and leadership development experts from the Center for Health Professions at UCSF teach the curriculum. Alumni become part of a network across California that continues to collaborate and share information.

“Participants in the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program show an extraordinary commitment to making their organizations better,” said Sandra R. Hernández, MD, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. “As a result, the people of California will benefit from an improved health care delivery system.”

Applications for the fellowship are accepted annually. The next application cycle will begin in the spring. See a video about the program.

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program
Class of 2015-17

Palav Babaria, MD, MHS
Medical Director
Alameda Health System

Ayanna Bennett, MD
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco

Kristin Brada, LCSW
Director of Change Management
Meridian Healthcare Partners/Kern Medical

Ashley Busuttil, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Los Angeles

Aaron Chapman, MD
Medical Director
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

Michelle Dahlkemper, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Hospice of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz

Vanessa De La Cruz, MD
Chief of Psychiatry
Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health
Santa Cruz

Kapil Dhingra, MD, MBA
Medical Director of Medi-Cal GMC Services, Assistant Chief of Emergency Medicine
The Permanente Medical Group

Victor Dominguez, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Community Memorial Health System

Todd Finnemore, PsyD
Director of Mental and Behavioral Health
Petaluma Health Center

Rafael Gonzalez-Amezcua, MD
Medicare Medical Director
LA Care Health Plan
Los Angeles

Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
San Francisco

David Hindman, PhD
Service Chief, Behavioral Health & Social Services
Los Angeles County-Department of Health Resources
Los Angeles

Rosa Lopez Jaffe, RN, MSN
Psychiatric Case Manager
Kaiser Permanente

Ali Khan, MD, MPP
Director, Physician Engagement + Clinical Innovator
Iora Health
San Francisco

Anne Kinderman, MD
Director, Supportive & Palliative Care Service
San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF
San Francisco

Lowell Kleinman, MD
Director of Palliative Care
MemorialCare Medical Foundation

Wei-An (Andy) Lee, DO
Medical Director, Specialty Services
LAC+USC Medical Center
Los Angeles

David Lin, PsyD
Chief of Medical Psychiatry Services
San Mateo Medical Center
San Mateo

Megan Mahoney, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Stanford University
Santa Clara

Lydia Mata, RN, MSN, MBA-HC
Manager of Care Management
Anthem Blue Cross

Sheri Matteo, MSN
Director of Midwifery Services
Prima Medical Foundation

David Moskowitz, MD, MAS
Medical Director, Hope Center
Alameda Health System

Patricia Oliver
Director Clinical Programs
Blue Shield of California
San Diego

Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Clinical Director of Consulting Services
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

Rohan Radhakrishna, MD, MPH, MS
Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Ambulatory Care Redesign Liaison
Contra Costa Health Services

Lisa Rosequist, PhD
Psychology Program Director
Alameda Health System

Jaime Ruiz, MD
Associate Medical Director
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
San Francisco

Jennefer Russo, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Monica Soni, MD
Director of Continuity Care
Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center, Los Angeles Department of Health Services
Los Angeles

Candy Stockton-Joretag, MD
Medical Director
Shingletown Medical Center

Christopher Voscopoulos, MD, MBA
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center

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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.