Alicia Agnoli, M.D. - Assistant Professor

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Dr. Agnoli began her Assistant Professor In Residence appointment with Family and Community Medicine in September 2017. Her clinical and research interests focus on issues of access to care, particularly for vulnerable populations and individuals with substance use disorders. Dr. Agnoli grew up in Massachusetts and she is committed to the Department’s mission of increasing access to quality primary care in California’s Central Valley.

 

Klea D. Bertakis, M.D., M.P.H. - Distinguished Professor

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Dr. Bertakis received her B.S. degree from UC Davis and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley. She attended medical school and completed her family practice residency at the University of Utah. She joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1980, and founded the UC Davis Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care in 1994. Dr. Bertakis was Chair of the Department from 1995 to 2017, and was elected Chair of the Council of Chairs (2000), as well as Chair of the UCDMC Practice Management Board (2009 and 2012). In 2005, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring for her role supporting the professional development of faculty and residents. Dr. Bertakis was the youngest recipient of the Curtis G. Hames Research Award in Family Medicine, which is a lifetime achievement award for contributions to family medicine research, and in 2018, shereceived the Hibbard E. Williams, MD Lifetime Achievement Award "In Recognition of Lifetime Commitment and Service to the School of Medicine ." She has sat on numerous editorial boards, and has also served on the National Board of Medical Examiners and Medical Board of California. While on a recent sabbatical, Dr.Bertakis was a Visiting Professor at the University of Crete School of Medicine, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care and Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, where she taught, assisted in writing research grant funding proposals, and consulted on the expansion of primary care education and health care services in Greece. Dr. Bertakis' research focuses on the doctor-patient interaction and the effects of physician practice style on patient outcomes and health care delivery. She also collaborates with Italian colleagues doing research in the area of geriatric depression. Her international activities with both Greece and Italy are ongoing..

W. Suzanne Eidson-Ton, M.D., M.S. - Professor, Director of Rural Program in Medical Education and Co-Director of FCM Medical Student Education Program

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Dr. Eidson-Ton completed her medical school training at University of California, San Francisco. After completing a joint residency in Family Medicine and Obstetrics at UC Davis, she joined the UC Davis Family and Community Medicine faculty in 2002 where she helped to coordinate the integration of women's health, obstetrics and newborn care in the Residency Program. Dr. Eidson-Ton is also the Co-Director of the family medicine medical student education program at UC Davis and Director of the Rural-PRIME program in the School of Medicine, a new model for non-urban medical practice. This innovative program is designed to increase student exposure to rural practice and allow for consistent teaching and mentorship by rural physicians to encourage students to enter rural practice. Dr. Eidson-Ton's clinical focus on women's health and maternity care allows her to support families as they are going through a transformative part of their lives. She is also passionate about cross-cultural issues in medicine, particular as they relate to maternity care. As part of her commitment to community medicine, Dr. Eidson-Ton volunteers at the Knights Landing Student-Run Clinic and supports medical students and residents in numerous community engagement projects. She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of OB/GYN as a provider on Labor and Delivery.

 

Joshua J. Fenton, M.D., M.P.H. - Professor and Co-Vice Chair of Research

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Dr. Fenton graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and completed his residency at San Francisco General Hospital. He subsequently served as a family physician on the Navajo Indian Reservation at Crownpoint, NM and as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington. Dr. Fenton’s research focuses on screening and prevention, patient-doctor communication, and increasing the value of primary care. Dr. Fenton is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine and is Associate Editor of the Evidence-Based Medicine.

 

Ronald L. Fong, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. - Professor and Network Director

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Dr. Fong obtained his B.S. degree from the University of California, Irvine before graduating from Wayne State of University, School of Medicine, with his medical degree. He subsequently completed a family medicine residency at the King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. After completing fellowships in clinical hypertension, nephrology and primary care outcomes research, he joined the faculty of the UC Davis Department of Family & Community Medicine in 2005. He has led federally and privately funded research studies focusing on improving outcomes in diabetes and hypertension control since joining the department. Dr. Fong currently serves as the director for the UC Davis Network of Affiliated Family Medicine Residency Programs and is also the faculty advisor to the resident advocacy group. He is also a member of Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s Sacramento Health Care Working Group. The group functions to aid Congresswoman Matsui’s office outreach efforts in implementing the Affordable Care Act in the Sacramento region.

 

Peter Franks, M.D., M.P.H. - Professor, Emeritus

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Dr. Franks received his M.D. degree from the University of London, England, and completed residency training in 1979 in Rochester, NY. For the next 20 years he adopted many guises, including residency director, research director, medical director, and associate chair before moving to Sacramento in 2000. He became Emeritus in 2018 and continues his interests in health services research with an emphasis on the role of primary care in the health care system, study design in primary care settings, and psychosocial factors affecting health, health care, and health care delivery.

Sharon McCoy George, M.D. - Professor

Dr. Sharon McCoy George studied Human Development & Social Policy with a concentration in Public Health at Northwestern University where received her bachelors degree in 1985. She received a Masters of Pastoral Studies (MPS) focused on Health Care Ethics at Loyola University of Chicago's Institute of Pastoral Studies in 1987. Dr. George received her M.D. from University of Missouri, Columbia in 1991, and completed her residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.
She practiced full spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics, in Seattle and then in Southern California, including at UC Irvine between 1994-2005. After spending a sabbatical year in Siena, Italy with her family, she ran a solo-solo practice out of her home office in Irvine, CA including house calls from 2006-2015. She spent two years in St. Louis caring for her aging mother, teaching at Washington University, and practicing at a community health center before resettling in Northern California and joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2017.
Areas of Interest include Student, Resident, and Physician Mentorship; balancing parenting, family responsibilities, and a medical career; Mindfulness; Physician Well-Being; Spirituality & Healing; Integrative Medicine; and new models of primary care including Direct Primary Care (DPC), relationship-centered care, Community Medicine & Community Partnerships, and Participatory Medicine. Dr. George is a student in the Living School of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Micaela Godzich, M.D., M.S. - Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director

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Dr. Micaela Godzich received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 2007. Prior to this, she had completed a master's degree in cell biology from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She trained in Family Medicine at Contra Costa County Health Services in Martinez, California, finishing her residency in 2010. Dr. Godzich then stayed on at Contra Costa to provide primary care, supervise residents, and staff inpatient medicine and labor and delivery through 2012. She subsequently moved to Shasta county in rural Northern California in the summer of 2012 to work as a full spectrum family physician in a traditional practice, providing inpatient, outpatient, operative obstetric, and emergency room care. She moved to rural north eastern Washington state in 2014 to continue her full spectrum practice. Dr. Godzich began her Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in July 2017. She is thrilled to be working with learners again and is eager to share the joys of full spectrum family medicine with new doctors. Her clinical interests include effective longitudinal relationships with patients in a variety of clinical contexts, and physician well being and professional fulfillment. She is committed to the Department’s mission of increasing access to quality primary care in California.

 

Shelly Henderson, Ph.D. - Associate Clinical Professor

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Dr. Henderson earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. After completing her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care Psychology at UC Davis, she joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine faculty where she is the director of behavioral medicine. Her interest is in the integration of behavioral and primary care. She practices as a health psychologist in the Family Practice Clinic and uses motivational interviewing, among other approaches, to promote health behavior change in patients with chronic diseases. She emphasizes mindfulness in her work with learners and patients alike. Dr. Henderson completed her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz and received a master’s degree in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College where she also studied her life long passion, modern dance.

 

Anthony F. Jerant, M.D. - Professor and Department Chair

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Dr. Jerant earned his M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine under an Army Health Professions Scholarship (HPS), and then completed family medicine residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center. He spent his four-year HPS service commitment on the teaching faculty of the family medicine residency program at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. He joined the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1998, and was appointed as Chair in January 2018. As Chair, Dr. Jerant strives to embody the servant leadership philosophy, maintaining a primary focus on cultivating the growth and well-being of the people in the Department and the patients and communities it serves.

Before becoming Chair, Dr. Jerant had many other Departmental leadership roles, including Vice Chair, Mentoring Director, Medical Student Education Director, and Associate Residency Director. In 2014, he received the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching, UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest teaching award, recognizing sustained and enduring contributions to medical education. Dr. Jerant practices broad scope family medicine, with particular interest in primary mental health care, preventative care, chronic illness care, and outpatient procedures. He is also a health services researcher with a strong interest in developing and evaluating interventions to activate patients to participate more effectively in their own care. Dr. Jerant has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been awarded more than $9 million in career extramural research funding as a principal investigator, including grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. When not working, Dr. Jerant cherishes spending time with his two sons and enjoys walking, playing the guitar, and listening to records (yes, vinyl!) and other recordings.

 

Huey Lin, M.D. - Professor, Associate Residency Program Director and Clinic Medical Director

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Dr. Lin received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine residency followed by a one year Geriatrics fellowship at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. His professional interests include geriatrics training, residency training, and continuous quality improvement in the inpatient and outpatient settings. He has a strong interest in care of the elderly in long-term care facilities and in the home environment. He enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, solving puzzles, and table tennis.

 

Elizabeth Magnan, M.D., Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

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Dr. Magnan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Her primary interest is research to improve health outcomes and the patient experience for patients with complicated health needs, including diabetes and multiple chronic conditions. Outside of research, Dr. Magnan loves to teach and showing trainees how wonderful family medicine and the patient-doctor connection can be. Clinically, she believes in working with patients to find plans that work for them and enjoys chronic condition management and behavioral health.

 

Sarah Marshall, M.D. - Associate Professor and Associate Residency Director

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Dr. Marshall received her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed a combined residency program in Family Medicine and Obstetrics at the University of California, Davis in 2007. She loves teaching residents and medical students  especially in areas of, obstetrics, family planning, and abortion care, and well child care. She is the director of Family Medicine Obstetrics Program and an Associate Program Director.

 

Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H. - Professor, Co-Vice Chair of Research and Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

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Dr. Melnikow received her M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her family practice residency training at the University of Massachusetts in 1987. She served as a family physician at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital before joining the faculty of Case Western Reserve University. Since joining the department in 1992, Dr. Melnikow has explored her professional interest in women's health through her research on cancer screening and prevention issues in underserved populations, evaluation of women with abnormal pap smears, and cost effectiveness analyses. She is a nationally recognized leader in health services research with appointments on the United States Preventative Services Task Force, the National Institutes of Health’s Health Delivery and Methodologies Integrated Review Group, and is the vice chair for public health for the California Health Benefits Review Program. In addition to her role within the department, Dr. Melnikow also serves as the Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy & Research, an official organized research unit at UC Davis.

 

Thomas Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H. - Professor, Emeritus

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Dr. Nesbitt graduated from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1979 and did his family practice residency at the University of Washington affiliate in Spokane, WA. After practicing in California and Idaho for several years, he completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Nesbitt joined our faculty in 1988. Among the many leadership positions Dr. Nesbitt held prior to becoming an Emeritus Professor, he founded and for many years led UC Davis’ award winning and world renowned telemedicine program. His research interests include rural health, OB access to care issues, and telemedicine.

 

 

Jim Nuovo, M.D. - Professor, Vice Chair of Education Programs and Residency Program Director

Dr. Nuovo attended medical school at the University of Vermont and completed his family practice residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington in 1983. After working in private practice and on staff at Madigan, Dr. Nuovo joined the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle where he completed a faculty development fellowship. He was the residency director there for two years before joining UC Davis in 1992 to become the director of the family medicine residency program.  Dr. Nuovo’s clinical and research interest in management of chronic diseases led him to become the founding director of the UC Davis Chronic Disease Management Center. He has also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Career Advising for the UC Davis School of Medicine.

 

Joann Seibles, M.D. - Teaching Staff Physician

Dr. Seibles received her medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine, and completed family medicine residency training with the California Department of Health Services. She also has a Certificate of Added Qualification in geriatric care. She is particularly interested in the use of technology via electronic health records (EHRs) to make primary care delivery more effective, since EHRs have greatly improved the ability of health systems to provide care that can make a difference in individual patients’ lives and in communities. Many patients live with multiple chronic illnesses and Dr. Seibles believes the additional challenges they face can be addressed, in part, with more sophisticated uses of data in EHRs. Accordingly, she strives to use and develop tools for clinical informatics, with the goal of providing individualized care and enhancing physician-patient relationships.

Blanca Solis, M.D. - Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Blanca Solis received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in 1997. She was the first to complete the integrated Family Medicine and Obstetrics Residency at UC Davis in 2001. She is a member of the faculty of UC Davis School of Medicine and has practiced Women’s Health for over 15 years. Her professional interests include women’s health, medical education and supporting the next generation of physicians. Over the past several years, she has developed curriculum for the UC Davis School of Medicine Community Health Scholars: TEACH-MS, Rural Prime and SJV PRIME. Dr. Solis currently serves as a coach for all of the UC Davis Community Health Scholars in their first two years of medical school. Her clinical work (in conjunction with UC Davis Health) is at One Community Health, an FQHC in downtown Sacramento, where she provides ambulatory Gynecologic care. She has completed the Faculty Development Fellowship at UCSF and recently completed the UCD Health Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program.

Kris Srinivasan, M.D. - Assistant Professor and Co-Director FCM Medical Student Education Program

After studying English and genetics at UC Davis and a brief diversion studying molecular biology at UC Berkeley, Dr. Srinivasan became interested in health care after learning of the work of Paul Farmer and Partners in Health -- in particular the concept of treating poverty as a social disease with profoundly negative health consequences for people. He worked for Partners in Health briefly and then decided to pursue a career in primary care, mainly as a way to address the health disparities associated with social inequity. He learned how to be a family physician at UC Davis and is proud to join the terrific faculty that has provided mentoring for all these years. He works and teaches both here and at the Salud Clinic in West Sacramento, which is a community health center serving those with public or no insurance. Dr. Srinivasan's medical interests continue to include social disparity, but more practically include full-spectrum primary care including procedures, non-operative obstetrics, and inpatient care of patients of all ages.