Meet the Medical Staff

Physicians

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Allison Aiken, MD

Medical Home Clinic 1

Fall 2020 Schedule

M, W, Thurs, Fri: 8am-5pm

Dr. Allision Aiken joined UHS in 2015 and works in Primary and Urgent Care. She received her BS in Chemistry from Penn State (2000) and her MD from the University of Pittsburgh (2005). She completed a residency in family medicine at East Tennessee State University in Kingsport, TN (2008). Allison has a special clinical interest in reproductive health and also serves as a Primary Care Provider on the UHS Trans Care Team

Dr. Aiken is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Lynne Alper

Lynne Alper, MD

Medical Home Clinic 1

Fall 2020 Schedule

M, Tues, Thurs, 8am-5pm

 

Dr. Lynne Alper joined UHS in 1994 and works in Primary and Urgent Care. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and her MD from the University of Southern California. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Alper has a special clinical interest in internal medicine (including asthma, pulmonary conditions, migraine, diabetes, rheumatologic and autoimmune conditions, anxiety, and depression), travel medicine (pre/post travel consultation), and eating disorders. She's a member of the Eating Disorders Treatment Team at UHS.

Dr. Alper is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Howard Backer

Howard Backer, MD, MPH

Dr. Howard Backer joined UHS in 2000 as a clinician in Urgent Care. He received his MD from UC San Francisco (1975) and completed an internship at Highland Hospital in Alameda County followed by an Emergency Medicine fellowship and residency at San Francisco General Hospital.

Many years later, Dr. Backer returned to UC San Francisco for a residency in Preventive Medicine and completed his MPH at UC Berkeley (1999). Before transitioning to public health, Dr. Backer worked with the Permanente Medical Group in Hayward. After practicing emergency medicine for 25 years in urban county hospitals, community hospitals, and small resort communities, Dr. Backer joined the California Department of Health Services in 2000.

Dr. Backer is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Rahmat Balogun

Rahmat Balogun, DO, MPH

Occupational Health Clinic

Dr. Rahmat Balogun joined UHS in 2019 as an Occupational Health Physician. Prior to joining UHS, Dr. Balogun was a full-time faculty member at UCSF Occupational Health and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in both the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) department and OEM residency. She currently maintains her role as Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF OEM.

Dr. Balogun received her BS from CUNY City College, MS in Neuromuscular Skeletal Medicine from the NY Institute of Technology (NYIT), DO from NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her MPH from UC Berkeley. She has a special clinical interest in mindfulness and its role in health and healing, osteopathic manipulative treatment, occupational allergies and asthma, teaching medical students and residents, and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Balogun was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine last year, “Occupational Rhinitis and Occupational Asthma: Association or Progression?

Dr. Balogun is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive (Occupational and Environmental) Medicine.

Cynthia Carmichael

Cynthia Carmichael, MD

Medical Home Clinic 3

Fall 2020 Schedule

Tues, 8am-5pm

Dr. Cynthia Carmichael joined UHS in 2018 as a physician in Primary and Urgent Care. She completed her MD at UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco's joint medical program. Prior to joining UHS, Dr. Carmichael was a Family/HIV Physician at Kaiser Richmond/Pinole. She’s also previously worked at the North Richmond Center for Health as a Contra Costa Health Services and Family Practice resident teacher. Dr. Carmichael also has experience working at Jackson Memorial Hospital and clinics in Miami, FL and the Florida AIDS Education and Training Center.

Dr. Carmichael has a special clinical interest in HIV/AIDS medicine and caring for the underserved. She has been published in the HIV/AIDS Primary Care Handbook and received the TPMG Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Medical Evaluation in 2017. 

Dr. Carmichael is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Lavanya Chekuru

Lavanya Chekuru, MD

Dr. Lavanya Chekuru joined UHS in 2019 as a physician in Primary Care. She received her MD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and completed her residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Chekuru has a special clinical interest in integrative medicine, the impact of stress on health, and women's health.

Dr. Chekuru is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Jeff Chiu, DO

Jeff Chiu, DO

Dr. Jeff Chiu joined UHS in 2019 as a physician in Urgent Care. He also currently works as an attending physician in the emergency room. Dr. Chiu received his BA in Molecular Cell Biology, BS in Business Administration (UC Berkeley), MS in Medical Sciences, and DO (Touro University). He has a special clinical interest in urgent care, emergency, critical care, and point-of-care ultrasound.

Dr. Chiu is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Additional Languages: Mandarin

Mai Fleming MD

Montida Fleming, MD

Dr. Mai Fleming joined UHS in 2020 as a physician in Primary Care. She received her MD from Sydney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and completed her Family and Community Medicine residency at UCSF. In addition to working at UHS, Dr. Fleming is part-time faculty at the UCSF Family and Community Medicine residency program at SFGH (both in the hospital and primary care clinic). She also practices in the addiction medicine clinic. Dr. Felming helps coordinate reproductive health training for Bay Area family medicine residents and travels to low-resource areas to provide reproductive health care. She also volunteers at a clinic focused on care for sex workers. Dr. Fleming has a special clinical interest in reproductive health care and family planning, addiction medicine, homelessness, and care across the gender spectrum. 

Dr. Fleming is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Leslie Gee

Leslie Gee, MD

Dr. Leslie Gee joined UHS in 2014 as a physician in Primary Care. She received her MD from the University of Chicago (2005) and completed her Pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland (2008) followed by a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine (2011). Before joining UHS, Dr. Gee worked in Adolescent Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She has a special clinical interest in eating disorders and adolescent medicine.

Dr. Gee is board-certified in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics.

Michael Goertz Occ Health Physician

Michael Goertz, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Occupational Health Clinic

Dr. Michael Goertz joined UHS in 2019 as an Occupational Health Physician. He received his MD and MPH from the University of Minnesota and has a special clinical interest in disability prevention and management. Dr. Goertz has published papers on risk factors for poor outcomes in low back pain and is a member of the ACOEM and ICSI Low Back Pain Guideline Committees.

Dr. Goertz is certified by the American Board of Preventive (Occupational and Environmental) Medicine.

Anna Harte

Anna Harte, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Anna Harte (née Bloxham) joined UHS in 2001. Dr. Harte was appointed Medical Director in January 2017 after serving as Associate Medical Director from 2011-2016. She received her BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz (1992), her MD from Yale University (1998), and completed her residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at UC San Francisco (2001). 

Dr. Harte has a special clinical interest in tuberculosis, HIV and infectious diseases, travel medicine, transgender health, and the care of underserved populations. She serves as a primary care provider on our UHS Trans Care Team and also consults for the City of Berkeley Public Health Division's Tuberculosis Program. Dr. Harte still loves music, which she shares with her husband Alexis and children Mia and Leo.

Dr. Harte is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Additional Languages: Danish, Swedish

Annie Hope

Annie Hope, MD

Medical Home Clinic 1

Fall 2020 Schedule

M-F, 8am-5pm

Dr. Annie Hope joined UHS in 2009 as a physician in Primary Care. Dr. Hope received her BA from Harvard University (1986), her MD from UC Los Angeles (1994), and completed her Family Practice residency at Moses Cone (1998). When she isn't working, you can find Dr. Hope hiking, reading, or driving her children (all five) to after-school activities.

Dr. Hope is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Eleanore Kim

Eleanore Kim, MD, FACOG

Dr. Eleanore Kim grew up in central Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree from the University of Illinois. After completing residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, she joined a private practice group in Berkeley for 7 years as a general obstetrician and surgical gynecologist before becoming part of the clinical staff at Tang in 2009.

Dr. Kim is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She is a member of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty at UCSF and Touro Medical Schools and a member of the American College Health Association.

Dr. Kim specializes in gynecology and women’s health with particular interest in contraception, cervical cancer screening, preconceptional health and family planning. She has given lectures at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and in the community on women’s health topics. Her current projects involve long acting contraception, family planning, and improving health equity and access for students.  Recreational interests include hiking, visiting national parks, and enjoying musical theater.

Jin Kwon MD

Jin Kwon, MD

Dr. Jin Kwon joined UHS in 2019 as an Urgent Care Physician. Dr. Kwon previously worked in primary care at Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland, and in Urgent Care at Kaiser in South San Francisco. She received her MD from Tufts Medical School and completed a UCSF Family Medicine Residency at Sutter Santa Rosa. She has a special clinical interest in international medicine and community health.

Dr. Kwon is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Lynne Lazarus, MD

Lynne Lazarus, MD

Medical Home Clinic 2

Fall 2020 Schedule

M-F, 8am-5pm

Dr. Lynne Lazarus joined UHS in 2017 as the Associate Medical Director and a clinician in Primary and Urgent Care. Dr. Lazarus received her BA in Religion and Studio Art from Wesleyan University and her MD from State University of NY, Downstate Medical Center. A family practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Lazarus joined UHS from Kaiser East Bay where she held a number of management and leadership positions including assisting with the intersection between primary care and behavioral health -- her area of special interest.

Dr. Lazarus is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Additional Languages: Proficient in medical Spanish

Odile Leland-Arizmendi

Odile Leland-Arizmendi, MD

Dr. Odile Leland-Arizmendi joined UHS in 2003 as a physician in Urgent Care. She received her BA from Harvard University and her MD from Columbia University. Prior to joining UHS, Dr. Leland-Arizmendi worked in the Kaiser ER and the Chinese hospital in San Francisco. She was lucky enough to spend some time within the French medical system in Paris during her training.

Dr. Leland-Arizmendi is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Additional Languages: French, Spanish

Rosemary Mann

Rosemary Mann, MD

Dr. Rosemary Mann joined UHS in 2008 as a physician in Urgent Care. Dr. Mann received her BS from the University of Santa Clara and her MD from UC San Francisco. Before joining UHS, she practiced emergency medicine at Kaiser Hayward and Kaiser Walnut Creek for 35 years. 

Dr. Mann is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

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Harris Masket, MD

Dr. Harris Masket is the Chief Urgent Care Physician and Associate Team Physician at UHS. Dr. Masket received his BA from UC Berkeley, his MD from George Washington University Medical School, and completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at Alameda County Medical Center with an emphasis in adolescent medicine. Dr. Masket is also the clinical lead for health care-related IT projects, including the eTang patient portal and UHS website.

Dr. Masket is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Joann Moschella DO

Joann Moschella, DO

Medical Home Clinic 2

Fall 2020 Schedule

M, W, Th, F, 8am-5pm

 

Dr. Joann Moschella joined UHS in 2019 as a physician in Primary Care. Along with working at UHS, Dr. Moschella is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at UCSF ZSFGH, Family Medicine Residency. She has a special clinical interest in teaching medical students and residents, transgender and global health, reproductive health, and preventative care and education.

Dr. Moschella is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

Additional Languages: Spanish

Melanie E. Odeleye MD, MPH

Melanie E. Odeleye, MD, MPH

Dr. Melanie E. Odeleye joined UHS in 2017 as a physician in Primary Care. Dr. Odeleye received her BS from the University of Michigan, her MD from the University of Chicago, and her MPH from San Diego State University. She has a special clinical interest in health systems and population wellness. 

Dr. Odeleye is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

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Edna Prieto, MD

Dr. Edna Prieto joined UHS in 2018 as a physician in Primary Care. She received her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, her MD from UC San Francisco, and completed her residency at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Prieto is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine

Additional Languages: Spanish

Tom Richards

Tom Richards, MD

Dr. Richards is a physician in Urgent Care and also works at UCSF. He received his BA in Biochemistry from the University of Wyoming, his MS and MD from the University of Utah, and completed a family medicine residency at the Ventura County Medical Center. Dr. Richards has practiced in a variety of settings including multi-specialty primary care, urgent care, rural family medicine, a staff physician in Yellowstone National Park, and for most of his career, as an emergency department physician. He has a particular interest in travel medicine, sports medicine, infectious disease, and health IT with a focus on telemedicine and point of care application development. Dr. Richards enjoys exploring the Bay Area with his wife, Jennifer, and dog, Oliver. He enjoys reading, writing, and is learning to sail.

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Virginia Sauer, MD

Dr. Virginia Sauer joined UHS in 2016 as a physician in Urgent Care. She received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1979 and completed an internal medicine residency in 1982. Dr. Sauer practiced emergency medicine from 1982 to 2016. 

Dr. Sauer is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Erika Schwilk, MD, MPH

Occupational and Environmental Health Chief

Dr. Erika Schwilk joined UHS in 2011 as a physician in Occupational Health. She transitioned into the Occupational and Environmental Health Chief role in 2018 after six months in the interim position. Dr. Schwilk received her BA in Biology (with environmental emphasis) from Occidental College, her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed training in Internal Medicine at UC Davis where she worked as a hospitalist. Dr. Schwilk then completed fellowship training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UC San Francisco and obtained her MPH in Environmental Health from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Schwilk has a special clinical interest in public health, environmental health, toxicology, and infectious disease.

Dr. Schwilk is certified by the American Board of Preventive (Occupational and Environmental) Medicine.

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Dennis Shusterman, MD, MPH

Occupational Health Clinic

Dr. Dennis Shusterman joined UHS in 2014 as a physician in Occupational Health. Dr. Shusterman received his BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College (1971), his MD from UC Davis (1978), and his MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley (1982).

Dr. Shusterman is the author of roughly 90 peer-reviewed publications and received the Clean Air Award for Research from Breathe California in 2013. He has a special clinical interest in glove dermatitis occupational rhinitis and asthma and vocal cord dysfunction.

Dr. Shusterman is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Preventive (Occupational and Environmental) Medicine.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Rena Tacdol, MD

Medical Home Clinic 2

Fall 2020 Schedule

M-F, 8am-5pm

Dr. Rena Tacdol joined UHS in 2016 as a physician. Dr. Tadcol received her BA in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley (she used to be a Health Worker as an undergraduate)! She then received her MD from St. George's University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas (a UCSF affiliate). Prior to joining UHS, Dr. Tadcol worked at Kaiser in Family Medicine and in Salinas with a primarily Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker population. Rena has a special clinical interest in clinical procedures. 

Dr. Tacdol is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Additional Languages: Spanish

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Julie Thompson, MD

Dr. Julie Thompson joined UHS in 2013 as a physician in Urgent Care. Dr. Thompson received her BS in Mathematics from Metropolitan State University (2004), her MD from the University of Colorado (2008), and completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Palliative Care fellowship at UC San Francisco (2011, 2012). In addition to working at UHS, Dr. Thompson also works with seriously ill patients at a South Bay palliative care clinic. She's also worked at Student Health Services at San Francisco State.

Dr. Thompson is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

David Turnoff

David Turnoff, MD 

Interim Primary Care Chief

Medical Home Clinic 3

Fall 2020 Schedule

M-F, 8am-5pm

Dr. David Turnoff joined UHS in 2013 as a physician in Primary and Urgent Care. Dr. Turnoff received his BS and BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from Case Western Reserve University. Having worked in student health services at both New York University and Columbia University, Dr. Turnoff comes to UHS with a wealth of college population experience. He has a special clinical interest in infectious disease, musculoskeletal injuries, travel medicine, and preventive medicine.

Dr. Turnoff is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Read Dr. Turnoff's Staff Highlight

Jeffrey Weitzman

Jeffrey Weitzman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Weitzman joined UHS in 2014 as a physician in Urgent Care. Dr. Weitzman received his BA from Pennsylvania State University, his MD from Drexel University, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusettes Medical Center. He has a special clinical interest in career mentoring for health-related fields.

Dr. Weitzman is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

Behavioral Health Providers

Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.

Catherine Ciano, PhD

Catherine Ciano, PhD

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home Clinic 3

Catherine Ciano joined UHS as a Behavioral Health provider in 2017. Catherine received her BS in Psychology from Cleveland State University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego. She completed her internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the ER at El Camino Hospital. Catherine has a clinical interest in mindfulness, emotion regulation, and dual diagnosis.

Read Catherine's Staff Highlight.

Robyn Shannon

Robyn Papathakis Shannon, PsyD

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home Clinic 1

Robyn Papathakis Shannon joined UHS in 2019 as a Behavioral Health Provider. She received her BA in Psychology from UC Davis (2009) and her PsyD from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia (2016). Robyn has a special clinical interest in anxiety disorders, depression, identity development, insomnia, and the continued development of integrative behavioral healthcare model.

Yanni Rho MD MPH

Yanni Rho, MD, MPH

Psychiatric Support Clinician

Yanni Rho joined UHS in 2020 as a Psychiatric Support Clinician. She received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin, her MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. She obtained her Adult and Child and Adolescent psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School. She is currently the Medical Director at the John Muir Adolescent Outpatient Program.

As a trainee, Dr. Rho co-edited a book and co-hosted a symposium on acculturation and its impact on Asian mental health. She has an interest in understanding intersectionality factors in health.  She is also interested in exploring and implementing more prevention interventions and incorporating more intergrative mind/body health care approaces.

Dr. Rho is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for both Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.

Heath Schechinger, PhD 

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home Clinic 3

Heath Schechinger joined UHS in 2015 as a doctoral intern with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). After completing the CAPS internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs, he joined Primary Care as a Behavioral Health Provider in 2017. Heath received his BS in Psychology and MEd in Higher Education from Iowa State University (2007, 2010) and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas (2016). Heath has a special clinical interest in gender and sexual diversity, social justice, and multicultural issues, first-generation students, identity development, insomnia, and anxiety disorders.

Xiaoxia Song

Xiaoxia Song, PhD 

Behavioral Health Provider

Xiaoxia Song, PhD, joined UHS in 2020 as a Behavioral Health Provider. Xiaoxia has previously worked as a staff psychologist at the University of Oregon and the University of the Pacific. She received her MAs from East China Normal University in Shanghai and Palo Alto University. Xiaoxia earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Ohio University and completed her internship at the University of Texas in Austin.

Xiaoxia’s clinical interests include mood disorders, trauma, family of origin issues, eating disorders, grief and loss, personality disorders, international student adjustment, cultural identities, and acculturation. She’s also interested in certain research areas including psychotherapy processes and outcomes, therapeutic alliance, therapist and client matching, cross-cultural issues in psychotherapy, and help-seeking behaviors. She has published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Additional language: Mandarin

Raghav Suri, PsyD

Raghav Suri, PsyD 

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home Clinic 2

Raghav Suri joined UHS in 2017 as a Behavioral Health provider. Raghav received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University and has a special clinical interest in complex trauma, co-morbid medical/mental health concerns, and childhood abuse/trauma survivors.

Additional languages: Hindi and Punjabi