Meet the Medical Staff

Physicians

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.   

Gabriela Baeza, MD

Interim Associate Medical Director

Dr. Gabriela Baeza joined UHS in 2023 as a Primary Care Physician. Dr. Baeza received a BA in Liberal Arts with a major in Philosophy, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994. She worked for the Social Security Administration and the Alzheimer's Association prior to returning to graduate education to undertake her studies in medicine. Dr. Baeza received her medical degree in 2010 from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her medical specialty training in Family Medicine in 2013. Her initial years of medical practice were spent teaching medical students and practicing full-spectrum family medicine at Rush University Medical Center. She later taught medical students and family medicine residents as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at UI Hospital and Health Sciences System in her hometown, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Baeza has a special clinical interest in women's reproductive health, depression, anxiety, and helping underserved populations. Outside of work, she enjoys travel, mild-to-moderate intensity hikes, searching for good eats, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Baeza is certified by the American Board of Family 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 

Logan Danielson, MD

Logan Danielson, DO

Dr. Logan Danielson joined UHS in 2022 as a Physician in Primary Care, Urgent Care, and Specialty Clinic. He received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Danielson attended Family Medicine Residency at the Community Health Care, Tacoma, WA, and 
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona.  

Clinical Interests: Sports Medicine, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Ultrasound, Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, Exercise as medicine, Nutrition, Men's Health

Outside of work, Dr. Danielson loves to travel, eat, and explore the outdoors with his wife. 

Dr. Logan Danielson is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine, CAQ Sports Medicine.  

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Miriam Dunham, MD

Dr. Miriam Dunham joined UHS in 2021 as a physician in Primary care. Born and raised in Berkeley, CA, she received her BA in MCB here at Cal and received her MD at Drexel University Medical School in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency at Contra Costa Family Medicine at UC Davis. Later, she joined Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, where she started their Family Medicine Clinic. While in Oakland, Dr. Dunham also assisted in opening the Kaiser Student Health Center on the campus of Mills College. Dr. Dunham has a special interest in Lifestyle Medicine, which focuses on a person’s day-to-day behaviors such as a healthy diet, exercise, sleep, social connectivity, and stress reduction.

Apart from work, Dr. Dunham enjoys spending time with her husband and their lovely, energetic twin girls. In addition to playing outdoors, they love making art projects, cooking, having dance parties, and sharing in laughter.

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

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.   

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David Goldstein, MD

Urgent Care

Dr Goldstein joined UHS as an Urgent Care Physician in 2023. He received his BA from UC Santa Cruz and MD from UC Irvine. He completed his residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Family Medicine.

Dr. Goldstein spent thirty years practicing Emergency Medicine in County and Community Hospitals prior to coming to UHS. He served in a variety of Administrative Leadership roles for Contra Costa County including Chief of Emergency Medicine, County EMS Medical Director, and Chief Medical Officer for Contra Costa County Hospital, Clinics, and Detention Health. During the Covid pandemic, he focused primarily on medical care and housing for homeless populations as Deputy County Health Officer.  

Outside of work Dr Goldstein spends most of his time with his wife and two daughters as well as playing as much Chamber Music as possible.  

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Robert Golomb, MD

Urgent Care

Dr. Golomb joined UHS as an Urgent Care Physician in early 2023. He attained his MD from Brown University in 1981. Following that, he completed his General Surgery residency from 1981 to 1984 at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, NY. Subsequently, he pursued his Emergency Medicine residency from 1984 to 1986 at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California.   

Michelle Ha, MD

Occupational Health

Dr. Michelle Ha joined UHS in 2024 as a physician in Occupational Health.  She received her BA in neurobiology and psychology from Northwestern University (2006) and her MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2010).  She then completed an anesthesia residency at Indiana University (2014).  A few years later, Dr. Ha completed an MPH in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at UC Berkeley (2018), followed by a second residency in Preventive Medicine at the Texas Department of State Health Services (2020).    
Dr. Ha has special clinical interests in infectious diseases and vaccinology, blood-borne pathogens, travel medicine, and medical toxicology.  
Dr. Ha is board-certified by the American Board of Preventive (General Preventive Medicine & Public Health) Medicine.  
Additional languages: Cantonese, Mandarin 
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

Dr. Annie Hope joined UHS in 2009 as a physician in Primary Care. Dr. Hope received her BA from Harvard University (1986), and 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 a 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.

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  

Matthew Lynch, MD

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Hoki Min, MD

Dr. Hoki Min came to UHS as a retiree from Kaiser Permanente after serving for 27 years. He has a clinical interest in the evaluation of various manifestations of dermatitis (Dermatology). He published an article on the molecular weight determination of glycosaminoglycan including hyaluronic acid. 

Dr.Min likes to walk - both urban and nature walks. He also likes to study languages. He enjoys organizing community events like the benefit concert for Willow Clinic. 

Additional languages: Korean  

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Heather Readhead, MD

Dr. Heather Readhead joined UHS in 2018 as a physician in Primary and Urgent Care. She received her BA from Bowdoin College in Family Medicine, her MD from Penn State College of Medicine, her MPH from UCLA School of Public Health, and she completed her residency at Columbia University. Dr. Readhead also serves on the American College of Preventative Medicine's Diabetes Prevention Advisory Board. She has a special clinical interest in mental health, weight loss, women's health, preventive care, public health, and emergency disaster management.  

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

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, and rural family medicine, as 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, and writing and is learning to sail.   

Sarah Rikleen, MD

Sarah Rikleen, MD

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Ryan Romeiser, MD

Urgent Care

Ryan joined UHS in 2023 as a physician in Urgent Care. He received his BA in Classical Languages from Georgetown University and MD from Cornell University. He completed an internship in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Yale University and a residency in Emergency Medicine at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He worked in emergency departments in NYC and the Bay Area prior to transitioning to urgent care in 2022. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, swimming in natural bodies of water, and playing music with his family band. 

Dr. Romeiser 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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David Schumb, MD

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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   

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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), and 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

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. 

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Deborah Simon-Weisberg, MD

Dr. Simon-Weisberg joined UHS in 2023 and works in primary care, urgent care, and minor procedures clinic. She is a California native and grew up in Fresno. Dr. Simon-Weisberg received a BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MD from The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her Family Medicine internship at Ventura County Medical Center and her Family Medicine residency at the Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Simon-Weisberg spent most of her career practicing full-scope family medicine including hospital-based labor and delivery in safety net healthcare settings. She also spent many years engaging in medical education and academic medicine. Prior to joining UHS, she was working at a local community health center, where she served as the Family Medicine Residency Program Director. She approaches her medical practice with a whole-person care model and recognizes the connection between mind and body. Her clinical focus at UHS includes primary care, reproductive health, gender-affirming care, substance use disorders, and minor procedures. Dr. Simon-Weisberg is passionate about healthcare system innovation including promoting patient-centered, team-based care and the medical home model of care. 

Dr. Simon-Weisberg finds joy and mental health benefits from taking hip-hop and Salsa dance classes. Dr. Simon-Weisberg is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

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, and 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.  

Alexander Bennett, PhD

Behavioral Health Provider

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Lauren Gent, PsyD

Behavioral Health Provider  

Lauren Gent joined UHS in 2023 as a Behavioral Health Provider. He received his BA and MA in Cognitive Psychology from SUNY University at Buffalo (2005) and his PsyD from LaSalle University (2014) with a specialty in Clinical Sport and Exercise Psychology. He has a special clinical interest in co-morbid medical/mental health concerns, coping with acute and chronic illness or injury, motivating behavior change, behavioral weight management, and performance anxiety.

Robyn Shannon

Robyn Papathakis Shannon, PsyD

Behavioral Health Provider  

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 models. 

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 integrative mind/body health care approaches.

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

Raghav Suri, PsyD

Raghav Suri, PsyD 

Behavioral Health Manager

Raghav Suri joined UHS in 2017 as a Behavioral Health provider. Raghav received his Ph.D. 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

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Stephanie Takeuchi, PsyD

Stephanie joined UHS in 2023. She received her BA in Anthropology at Dartmouth College in 2012 and her
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute in 2022. Her clinical interests are mood and anxiety disorders, acculturation stress, adult attachment, neurodiversity, and chronic medical conditions.