Program Leadership

Program Director

Rebecca Berman, MDFACP | [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.

Rebecca Berman
Rebecca Berman, MD, FACP



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.

Jen Babik
Jennifer Babik, MD, PhD



Katherine Julian, MD [email protected]
Katherine Julian is the track director for the UC Primary Care (UCPC) General Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is at the forefront of ambulatory education in internal medicine. After graduating from the UC Primary Care General Internal Medicine Residency Program, she served as a Chief Resident at San Francisco General Hospital, and then served as the assistant director of the UCPC program. Dr Julian became the director of the UCSF Primary Care track in February 2006. Dr. Julian is also the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Affairs, a member of the Academy of Medical Educators, and Director of Outcomes and Optimization for Graduate Medical Education.

Katherine Julian
Katherine Julian, MD



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.

Larissa Thomas
Larissa Thomas, MD



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.

Vanessa Thompson
Vanessa Thompson, MD


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.

Educational Interests:
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 Goglin
Sarah Goglin, MD



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.

Sarah Schaeffer
Sarah Schaeffer, MD, MPH



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.

Daniel Wheeler
Daniel Wheeler, MD



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.

Jeff Kohlwes
Jeff Kohlwes, MD, MPH



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.

Beth Cohen
Beth Cohen, MD, MA



Denise M. Connor, MD - Associate Director [email protected]
Denise M. Connor is an Associate Program Director of the PRIME pathway, an area of distinction which aims to foster residents’ critical thinking skills and expertise in the research and clinical domains, while also exposing trainees to a broad range of professional development opportunities. Dr. Connor’s clinical home is in the Faculty Hospital Medicine Division at the San Francisco VA. She earned her MD at the University of Pennsylvania, came to UCSF for residency, and joined the faculty after a chief resident year. Her scholarly work focuses on designing curricula to teach clinical reasoning with the aim of encouraging life-long self-improvement in reasoning. In addition to leading a clinical reasoning curriculum in PRIME, Dr. Connor is also the theme leader for Clinical Reasoning in the longitudinal Clinical Microsystems Clerkship, and the Director of the Diagnostic Reasoning Block, a capstone course for pre-clerkship medical students. Dr. Connor pairs her interest in reasoning with a focus on promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within medical education. Reducing bias in clinical decision making is fundamental to her interest in clinical reasoning, and she is proud to work with a diverse patient population at the SFVA, a vital part of San Francisco's safety net. 

Denise Connor
Denise Connor, MD


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. 

Joan Addington-White
Joan Addington-White, MD


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. 

Daphne Lo
Daphne Lo, MD, MEd



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.

Edgar Pierluissi
Edgar Pierluissi, MD



Molecular Medicine

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.

Neil Shah
Neil Shah, MD, PhD


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.

Aparna Sundaram
Aparna Sundaram, MD