Rebecca Berman, MD, FACP | [email protected]
Rebecca Berman is our program director for the Internal Medicine Residency program. After completing her chief residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, she joined Mass General Hospital, where she built a network of student-faculty primary care practices, the Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC). Over 1000 Harvard Medical students have participated in CCC gaining early exposure to primary care, to care for the underserved and interprofessional education opportunities. In 2013, Dr. Berman returned to BWH to direct its primary care residency program. To help reduce pay disparities and improve diversity in medical leadership positions, she teaches nationally on negotiation skills for physicians. Other areas of interest include novel curricular design, health literacy and care for the underserved.
SFPC Program Director
Joanie Addington-White MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). She is the Program Director of the San Francisco General Primary Care Track. She went to Medical School at the University of Chicago and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University. Before assuming her responsibilities at UCSF, Joanie was a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, where she started and served as the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Primary Care Track Residency. She is passionate about practicing medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, complex medical issues, care of the patient with a history of incarceration, and HIV primary care. Dr Addington-White teaches about health equity, general internal medicine, and focuses on creating a curriculum and program which attracts and mentors a diverse group of residents. She leads the Health Equity pathway for the Internal Medicine residency.
UCPC Program Director
Ryan Laponis, MD, MS, FACH | [email protected]
Ryan Laponis is Program Director for the Primary Care/General Internal Medicine (UCPC-GIM) Residency. After completing residency in UCPC-GIM, he served as Chief Resident of Ambulatory Medicine. As a faculty member in the Division of General Medicine he has served as Associate Program Director of the UCPC-GIM Residency as well as Educational Site Director at the Mount Zion General Medicine Clinic. He is a member of UCSF's Academy of Medical Educators teaching others how to teach in UCSF's Center for Faculty Educators. Equally passionate about improving relationships in healthcare, he teaches relationship-centered communication nationally as Fellow in the Academy of Communication in Healthcare.
Associate/Assistant Program Directors (APDs)
Associate Program Directors
Jennifer Babik, MD, PhD | [email protected]
Jennifer Babik is an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. After completing Internal Medicine residency at UCSF and a Chief Resident year at San Francisco General Hospital, Jen went on to complete an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at UCSF. She was the Site Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Parnassus for 5 years and then became an APD in 2016. Jen is also an APD for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship and a member of the Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF. Her interests include clinical infectious diseases (particularly immunocompromised patients) and medical education, with a focus on subspecialty education and mentoring within Internal Medicine Residency training.
Bryn Boslett is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the 360 Wellness Center, a medical home for patients impacted by HIV. She also served as Medical Director for Ambulatory COVID Response for UCSF Health over the past year. Bryn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her MD from Temple University. She completed internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital before moving to UCSF to complete fellowship in Infectious Diseases, during which time she served as a chief fellow and completed the Health Professions Education Pathway. She is an active primary care physician and preceptor of residents and fellows in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. She has been a Bridges coach in the Clinical Microsystems Clerkship since 2016, providing direct teaching and mentoring to students in the School of Medicine. She has also served as a career mentor to many junior faculty, fellows, and residents, and helped to develop a unique clinician educator track for the ID fellowship. For her efforts, she received the Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Medical Education Award in 2015, and a UCSF Exceptional Physician Award in 2020. Dr. Boslett recently gave birth to her second child (sweet baby Eva!) and will be joining the residency team fully in September.
Larissa Thomas, MD | [email protected]
Larissa Thomas is UCSF Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and a faculty hospitalist at Zuckerberg Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). She is an Associate Program Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Director of Well-being for UCSF Graduate Medical Education.
Larissa's interests include medical education and development of physician well-being initiatives, with a focus on trainee well-being. She is a member of the steering committee of the national Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM), a working group to establish best practice recommendations for physician well-being. She also has expertise on transitions of care for vulnerable populations and co-founded the ZSFG Care Transitions Taskforce. She has received awards for quality improvement and medical education and is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators.
After obtaining her medical degree and Masters of Public Health in global epidemiology at Emory University, she completed internship and residency training at the University of California, San Francisco in the San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care track.
Vanessa Thompson, MD | [email protected]
Vanessa Thompson is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a primary care provider at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She is a clinician-educator with medical education roles as a coach for the School of Medicine and an Associate Program Director for UCSF's Internal Medicine residency. Dr. Thompson is committed to diversity and equity and is a founder of the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program for the Department of Medicine. She is a participant in UCSF's Teaching Scholars Program for 2019-2020.
Assistant Program Directors
Sarah Goglin, MD | [email protected]
Sarah Goglin specializes in rheumatology, with a clinical focus on lupus and the systemic vasculitides. She joined UCSF in 2009 and currently practices at the UCSF Rheumatology Faculty Practice, as well as in the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Rheumatology clinic. She attends on the inpatient rheumatology consultation service at the Moffitt-Long Hospital.
She is very involved in many aspects of medical education at UCSF. Her primary leadership roles include serving as an assistant program director for the Internal Medicine Residency and as clerkship director for the Clinical Immersion.
Sarah Schaeffer, MD, MPH | [email protected]
Sarah Schaeffer is the Director of GME Diversity and an Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency. She divides her time between clinical, educational, and administrative roles.
Clinically, Sarah works as a hospitalist where she attends on the Medicine Teaching Service, Goldman Medicine Service, and both Parnassus and Mission Bay Medicine Consult Services. In her graduate medical education roles, Sarah has led a robust efforts in the residency program to enhance the recruitment, retention, and mentorship of trainees from diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about equity and inclusion in medicine, and conducts seminars for trainees and faculty on topics of unconscious bias, microaggressions, stereotype threat, and mentoring across differences. In 2018, Sarah joined Dr. Alicia Fernandez as a core faculty members in the newly-funded UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE). Within the LCOE, Sarah co-leads academic career development and mentorship programs for Latinx and UIM medical student and residents at UCSF.
Daniel Wheeler, MD | [email protected]
Daniel Wheeler is an Assistant Program Director and hospitalist at the San Francisco VA. Originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Dr. Wheeler earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota, and completed his residency and chief residency at UCSF. He began his post-residency career at the University of Minnesota, where he served as chair of the residency curriculum committee. In 2018, he received the residency program’s Faculty Teacher of the Year award.
Now back at UCSF, Dr. Wheeler helps lead our work in feedback and evaluation, quality improvement, and chief resident professional development. His other academic interests include communication, coaching, and clinical reasoning — all guided by an overarching passion for the clinical learning environment.
SFPC Assistant Track Director
Christy Soran is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). She is a primary care clinician and educator in the Richard Fine People's Clinic at SFGH and the Medical Director at the OBIC clinic in the Division of Substance Use and Addiction Medicine. She is the associate program director for the San Francisco General Primary Care residency. Her areas of interest are the integration of addiction medicine treatment in primary care, the overlap of substance use and chronic pain, and educating herself and trainees about the provision of patient-empowered clinical care.
UCPC Assistant Track Director
For over 13 years, Radhika has served as Associate Program Director for the UCSF Primary Care/General Internal Medicine Residency Program (UCPC-GIM). She is Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF, having earned her degree from Dartmouth Medical School, her Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and having completed research and educational fellowship training at Harvard Medical School. She has spent over 20 years on faculty at Harvard and the University of California following her professional passion of developing programs to improve mentoring and career satisfaction for medical students, residents and faculty. Having conducted some of the earliest studies on mentoring relationships among faculty and internal medicine residents, she has developed courses and mentoring programs for all levels of training based on her findings. She enthusiastically brings this expertise to improve the experiences of all residents and faculty, particularly those who are underrepresented in medicine.
Program in Residency Investigation Methods and Epidemiology (PRIME)
Jeff Kohlwes, MD, MPH - Director | [email protected]
Jeff Kohlwes is a Professor of Medicine at the San Francisco VAMC. After growing up on a boat in Sausalito, he was an undergraduate at UC Davis and a medical student at Dartmouth. After being a resident and chief resident at UCSF he was medical director of the methadone and AIDS clinic at ZSFG for two years. He was then a RWJ Fellow at the University of Washington before returning to run the PRIME Residency Program in 2000 focusing on residency scholarship where his residents have published almost 300 first author publications. His research focuses on residency training tracks, and scholarship. As Associate Editor for JGIM he developed the Exercises In Clinical Reasoning Series to create a case-based curriculum for educators. In 2018, Jeff was awarded the UCSF Academic Senate Teaching Award for senior faculty for his ongoing contributions as a teacher, mentor and scholar. An avid outdoorsman, Jeff has climbed most of the highest west coast mountains and raft-guided throughout the west.
Beth Cohen, MD, MA - Associate Director | [email protected]
Beth Cohen is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a Staff Physician at the San Francisco VA. After completing medical school and residency at UCSF, she joined the SFVA as a Women's Health fellow. Since joining the faculty in 2008, she has developed a clinical research program designed to improve the health of patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. She studies the mechanisms connecting PTSD to chronic physical illness as well as the comparative effectiveness of treatments for PTSD. She is actively involved in research training through her roles in the PRIME program and the SFVA based Measurement Science QUERI.
Evan Walker, MD - Associate Director | [email protected]
Dr. Walker will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF and the San Francisco VA. Dr. Walker graduated from UCSF School of Medicine completing the UCSF Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship Program. He graduated from residency, chief residency at SFVA and oncology fellowship here at UCSF. In addition to his educational work as a Chief Resident and facilitator for several medical student and resident programs, Dr. Walker co-directs the My Life, My Story Program at the San Francisco VA. Dr. Walker is also an active researcher with a focus on pancreatic cancer and clinical trial design. He has a specific interest in reducing disparities in cancer care and clinical trial access, and he has examined institutional practices that lead to racial/ethnic disparities in molecular testing and clinical trial enrollment. In addition to designing clinical trials, he is studying the relationship between chemotherapy and the gut microbiome of patients with cancer. He recently received the American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award.
Health Equities (HEAAT)
Joan Addington-White, MD - Director | [email protected]
Joan Addington-White is the track director for the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care program. She joined UCSF in October. Prior to coming to UCSF, Joanie was a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, where she launched and served as the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Primary Care Track Residency and the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Categorical Residency Program. Joanie's foci include clinical care of the underserved, complex medical issues, HIV, and training the next generation of physicians.
Health Professions Education (HPE)
Daphne Lo, MD, MEd - Director | [email protected]
Daphne Lo obtained her medical degree from Saint Louis University and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. She subsequently completed a two-year Geriatrics fellowship with a focus on health professions education. Dr. Lo is a graduate of the Health Professions Education (HPE) Pathway which inspired her to pursue a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of California Berkeley. In addition to her role as a Course Director for HPE, Dr. Lo is a clinician educator researcher and Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics. Her education and research interests include interprofessional education, interprofessional learning, and curricular development. When she is not working, Dr. Lo enjoys being outdoors with her family and dancing.
Health Systems Leadership (HSL)
Edgar Pierluissi, MD - Director | [email protected]
Edgar Pierluissi has cared for vulnerable populations his entire career and is committed to healthcare quality improvement. He grew up in Chicago and received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed training and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF and a fellowship in Quality Improvement through the Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellowship. After working at the County of San Mateo as a staff physician, as the medical director of the North County Health Center, and as VP for Quality Improvement for the San Mateo Medical Center and community clinics, he returned to join the UCSF Division of Geriatrics in 2006 as the Founding Medical Director of the Acute Care for Elders Unit at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He has led the Health Systems Leadership track focusing on quality improvement and healthcare policy since 2012. He was named a Master Clinician in the Department of Medicine in 2018. When he is not working you can find him backpacking, flyfishing, traveling, baking bread, making jam, or in his garden.
Neil Shah, MD, PhD - Director | [email protected]
Neil Shah has served as Director of the Molecular Medicine Residency Pathway since 2015. He completed his MD and PhD training at UCLA, where he remained for clinical training in Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology. He was recruited to UCSF as an Assistant Professor in 2006 and has led a laboratory research program focused on targeted therapeutics for hematologic malignancies. In addition to working to support lab-based physician-scientists, he is interested in ways to make this career path a reality for individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Aparna Sundaram, MD -- Associate Director | [email protected]
Aparna B. Sundaram, MD is an Assistant Professor in Residence at UCSF, where she attends in the intensive care units at Moffitt-Long Hospital. Dr. Sundaram received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern, and came to UCSF for Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine fellowship. After completing additional research training with Dr. Dean Sheppard, she joined the faculty of the division in 2014. Dr. Sundaram has also taken an active role in mentorship of trainees and has served as a facilitator for the inquiry curriculum in the UCSF School of Medicine.
Dr. Sundaram’s primary academic focus is the development of a more detailed understanding of the mechanisms of smooth muscle mediated airway narrowing that play a role in chronic airway diseases such as asthma and COPD. Her current research focuses on the role of cellular tethering proteins in regulating force transmission, with the goal of leveraging these targets to design more potent inhibitors of smooth muscle contraction using a combination of in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo models of disease.