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.

With the addition of this class, more than 400 doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals have participated. Nationally recognized health care and leadership development experts from the Center for Health Professions at UCSF and the UCLA Anderson School of Management 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.”

“The CHCF Health Care Leadership Program has been personally and organizationally transformative,” describes Ron Chapman, MD, MPH, director and state health officer at the California Department of Public Health and a program alumnus. “As I travel across California I am always reassured to walk into a meeting and be greeted by another graduate of the program. I immediately know we will speak the same language and share a vision for improving the health of all Californians.”

Applications for the fellowship are accepted in the spring. Watch a video about the program.

CHCF Health Care Leadership Program
Class of 2014-16

Sandi Adams, MBA
Service Area Director
Sutter Health
Yuba City

Kanoe Allen, MSN-CNS, RN, PHN, ONC
Chief Nursing Officer
Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Pamela Alston, DDS, MPP
Dental Director
Alameda Health System

Wendy Anderson, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco

Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH
Physician Consultant
Westside Regional Center
Culver City

Chris Chan, PharmD
Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services
Inland Empire Health Plan
Rancho Cucamonga

Elizabeth Chow, RN, MSN
Director, Case Management and Social Services
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

Kathleen Clanon, MD
Agency Medical Director
Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
San Leandro

Van Anh Dastur, DDS
Dental Director
Saban Community Clinic
Los Angeles

Lukejohn Day, MD
Medical Director of Medicine Subspecialties
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
San Francisco

Joanna Eveland, MS, MD
Clinical Chief for Special Populations
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
San Francisco

David Folsom, MD, MPH
Medical Director
St. Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center
San Diego

Reza Goharderakhshan, MD
Chief of Urology
Kaiser Permanente, South Bay
Harbor City

Griselda Gutierrez, MD
Chief of Gynecology
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Darrell Harrington, MD, FACP
Professor and Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine; Designated Institutional Official; Associate Medical Director for Education
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Tracy Imley, MD
Director of Complete Care
Kaiser Permanente

Fatema Iqbal, MS, MD
Chief of Pediatrics
Shriners Hospital for Children

Thomas Kim, MD, MPH
Medical Director; Medical Epidemiologist
California Rural Indian Health Board

Geoffrey Leung, MD, EdM
Chief of Family Medicine
Riverside County Health System

Tomás Magaña, MD, MA
Lead Physician; Medical Director; Project Director
La Clinica de La Raza

Nicholas Moss, MD, MPH
Director, HIV STD Section
Alameda County Public Health Department

Vincent Nguyen, DO
Program Director, Palliative Medicine
Hoag Memorial Hospital
Newport Beach

Beverley Petrie, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Associate Professor of Surgery; Assistant Chief, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Natasha Pinto, MD, MPH, MS
Behavioral Health Integration Physician Coordinator
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers

Marika Russell, MD, FACS
Medical Director for Surgical Specialties; Interim Chief of Service, Otolaryngology
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco

Elizabeth Sampsel, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy; Residency Program Director
San Francisco Health Plan
San Francisco

Susan Scheidt, PsyD
Director, Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health
UCSF/San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco

Elizabeth Steinfield, CNM, NP
Lead Clinician
Women’s Community Clinic
San Francisco

Felicia Tornabene, MD
Hospitalist Medical Director
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center

Veko Vahamaki, DO
Medical Director
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Mountain View

Kelvin Vu, DO
Medical Director
Open Door Community Health Centers

Lisa Ward, MD, MsPH, MS
Chief Medical Officer
Santa Rosa Community Health Centers
Santa Rosa

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