CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Announces New Class of Fellows
Program transforms today's clinicians into tomorrow's leaders
October 11, 2011
Nearly three dozen clinical leaders have been chosen to participate in the California HealthCare Foundation Health Care Leadership Program to expand their leadership skills and meet the challenges facing our state’s health care system, the foundation announced today.
The CHCF Health Care Leadership Program is a part-time fellowship that offers clinically trained health care professionals the experiences, competencies, and skills necessary for effective vision and leadership of institutions.
Fellows attend seminars six times during the two-year program and participate in ongoing learning activities. Graduates broaden management skills and sharpen leadership capacity while gaining unique insight into the trends and challenges facing health care in California.
Entering its second decade, the program has trained more than 300 doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. It is led by nationally recognized health care and leadership development experts from the Center for Health Professions at UCSF and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Alumni become part of a network across California that continues to collaborate and develop their skills.
“We can’t solve the nation’s health care crisis without building strong leadership in our health care institutions,” said Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. “Leadership skills are usually not included in clinical training, but our clinical leaders must have them to succeed.”
“This fellowship was the single most important professional experience I have ever had,” said alumnus Sang-ick Chang, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of the Alameda County Medical Center. “Years later, the lessons I learned about the importance of vision, political savvy, and self-knowledge are fresh in my mind and help me daily.”
Applications for the fellowship are accepted each spring.
CHCF Health Care Leadership Program Class of 2011-13
Merrillyn Allen, RN, PHN Director of Clinic Operations Center for Elders Independence Oakland
Christopher Avelino, MD Chairman, Medicine Facey Medical Group Valencia
Taft Bhuket, MD Vice-Chief of Medical Staff; Division Chief, Gastroenterology; Director, Endoscopy Unit Alameda County Medical Center Oakland
Peter Broderick, MD, MEd Program Director/DIO Valley Consortium for Medical Education Modesto
Jennifer Carton-Wade, MOT, OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center San Francisco
Ellen Chen, MD Medical Director Silver Avenue Family Health Center San Francisco
Jose Chibras, MD Chief Medical Officer Salud Para La Gente Watsonville
Ricky Choi, MD, MPH Pediatrics Department Head Asian Health Services Community Health Center Oakland
Cyndie Cole, MSN Chief Nurse Executive Ventura County Medical Center/Santa Paula Hospital Ventura
Guillermo Diaz, MD Chief Medical Officer & Chief Medical Information Officer QueensCare Family Clinics Los Angeles
Mark DuLong, MD Assistant Physician-in-Chief The Permanente Medical Group Santa Clara
David Eibling, MD Associate Medical Director Health Plan San Joaquin French Camp
Patricia Fajardo, RN, MPH Vice President Clinical Services Planned Parenthood Santa Barbara, Ventura & San Luis Obispo Counties Santa Barbara
John Fisher, MD, MBA Medical Director Kern Health Systems Bakersfield
Steven Grolnic-McClurg, MSW, LCSW Director of Mental Health and Wellness Rubicon Programs Richmond
William Huen, MD, MS, MPH Associate Chief Medical Officer & Hospitalist San Francisco General Hospital San Francisco
Margaret Hutchison, CNM, MSN Associate Clinical Professor, Director of Outpatient Services Nurse-Midwives of San Francisco San Francisco
Allan Johnson, MPT Director, Quality & Accreditation Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California Sacramento
Helen Kao, MD Medical Director, Division of Geriatrics University of California, San Francisco San Francisco
Sara Levin, MD Department Chair, Internal Medicine Contra Costa Health Services; Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Martinez
Ted Li, MD Associate Medical Director North East Medical Services San Francisco
Alison Moore, MD, MPH Professor Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA Los Angeles
Elizabeth Morrison, MSW (LCSW) Director of Behavioral Health Services Golden Valley Health Center Merced
Laura Mosqueda, MD Chair, Professor University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Orange
Julio Porro, MD Associate Medical Director Central California Alliance For Health Scotts Valley
Neel Patel, MD Medical Director, Pediatrics San Mateo Medical Center Redwood City
Mary Ramos, PharmD Manager, Clinical Support Hill Physicians Medical Group San Ramon
Jehni Robinson, MD Chief Medical Officer The Saban Free Clinic Los Angeles
Pamela Simms-Mackey, MD Associate Director, Graduate Medical Education Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland Oakland
Cherryl Smith, RN, PHN Director of Nursing Shasta Community Health Center Redding
Roberto Solis, MD Medical Director Marshall Medical Center Cameron Park
Francisco Trilla, MD Chief Medical Officer Santa Rosa Community Health Centers Santa Rosa
About the Center for Health Professions at UCSF
Since 1992, the Center has been dedicated to transforming health care by delivering leadership programs to empower change agents at every level and within all sectors of the health care system; and internationally recognized, unbiased research to help health care decision makers understand today’s workforce issues and design actionable strategies to solve them. For more information about the Center, visit futurehealth.ucsf.edu.
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.