Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System

Faculty


Aaron Pardini, MD, FACE
Chief, Division of Endocrinology Alameda Health System

Medical School:

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine


Residency:

University of Texas Medical Branch


Fellowship:

University of Washington School of Medicine


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Diabetes, thyroid disorders, pituitary disorder; American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist Nutrition Scientific committee member- 2013-present



Rachel Baden, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine

Undergraduate School:

Princeton University


Medical School:

University of Texas Southwestern


Residency:

Parkland Health and Hospital System, University of Texas Southwestern 


Fellowship:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

1) HIV  

2) Hepatitis C 

3) Hepatitis B 

4) General Infectious Diseases


Research Interest:

1) HIV and Hepatitis Co-infection 

2) Hepatitis C in Women

3) Telemedicine to increase access to care



Sophie Barbant, MD
Director, NonInvasive Cardiac Lab

Division: Cardiology
Medical School:

Université René Descartes


Residency:

California Pacific Medical Center


Fellowship:

California Pacific Medical Center


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Echocardiography, Cardiovascular CT, Nuclear Cardiology, Women and Heart Disease, Medical Education


Research Interest:

Echocardiography, Cardiovascular CT



Lyn Berry, MD
Division Chief, Primary Care

Division: Primary Care
Undergraduate School:

UC Berkeley


Medical School:

UC San Francisco


Residency:

Highland Hospital Internal Medicine


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Health policy, patient centered medical home, process improvement and quality outcomes, reducing preventable hospital readmissions, diabetes care.


Research Interest:

Chronic disease management, quality improvement, diabetes care


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Quality improvement for residents--2 noon conferences Reducing Readmissions



Monica Bhargava, MD

Division: Critical Care
Undergraduate School:

Stanford University


Medical School:

Harvard Medical School


Residency:

Stanford Hospital and Clinics


Fellowship:

Stanford Hospital and Clinics


Recent Presentation / Publication:

“HIV in the ICU: National Outcomes of Patients in the ART Era.”
Authors: Monica Bhargava, Jay Bhattacharya
Organization: Abstract and poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society, San Francisco, CA (selected by ATS for press release)
Date: May 2012
 



Taft Bhuket, MD
Division Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Division: Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Undergraduate School:

University of Texas at Austin


Medical School:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School


Residency:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Fellowship:

University of Michigan Medical Center


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Complications of liver disease, gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer


Research Interest:

Colorectal cancer in the underserved



Brandon Boesch, DO
Hospitalist

Division: Inpatient Medicine
Medical School:

Touro University


Residency:

Alameda Medical Center- Highland Hospital


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Medicine Consult, Physician Wellness, Evidence Based Medicine, High Value Care


Research Interest:

Point-of-care ultrasound in internal medicine and perioperative medicine care.



Hena Borneo, DO
Associate Program Co-Director / Preliminary Track

Undergraduate School:

Stanford University


Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences


Residency:

Internal Medicine, UCLA-Olive View


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

International health, international development, health disparitites



Alex Diaz, MD
Core Faculty

Medical School:

Centro de Estudios Universidad Xochicalco


Residency:

Internal Medicine, Highland Hospital - Alameda Health System


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Primary Care, Latino Health, Human Rights Clinic


Research Interest:

Medical Education, Mentorship, Bedside Diagnosis


Greatest Accomplishment:

My wonderful marriage.



Howard Edelstein, MD
Division Chief, Adult Immunology

Division: Adult Immunology, HIV Services
Undergraduate School:

University of California at Berkeley


Medical School:

University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine


Residency:

Highland General Hospital


Fellowship:

Veteran's Administration, Martinez, CA



Colin Feeney, MD, FACP
Chief, Division of Critical Care; Director, MICU; Assistant Program Director, Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship

Undergraduate School:

Harvard College


Medical School:

Case Western Reserve University


Residency:

Highland General Hospital


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Chairman, Library Committee, Highland General Hospital Chairman, Critical Care Committee, Alameda County Medical Center Chairman, California Organ Donor Committee, Alameda County Medical Center Chairman, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Alameda Health System (formally ACMC) Chairman, ICU Operations Committee, AHS Clinical Competence Committee, AHS Hand Hygiene Campaign, Physician Champion, AHS Research Committee (RACI) – AHS Value Analysis Committee – AHS End of Life Committee - AHS


Research Interest:

Substance abuse; Scoring Systems; Palliative Care


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Kiefer, Matthew, MD, Feeney, Colin, MD, FACP, Management of Subcutaneous Emphysema with “Gills”: Case Report and Review of the Literature.  Journal of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 45, No. 5, pp. 666-669, 2013.

Feeney, Colin, MD, FACP, Validation of an Alcohol Withdrawal protocol, in progress. 

Losonczy, Lia, MD, Johnson, Brian, MD, Li, Jessica, MD, Sidhu, Jasmine, MD, Feeney, Colin, MD, FACP. Seronegative catastrophic antiphosphoslipid syndrome in a young female presenting with a headache. Submitted.



Laura Fernandez, MD
Associate Medical Director, K6 Primary Care Clinic
Medical School:

Emory University


Residency:

George Washington University


Fellowship:

Harvard Medical School Multicampus Geriatric Medicine Fellowship


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Comprehensive geriatric medicine, cognitive assessment, care of the cognitively impaired patient, frailty, mobility assessment, maintenance of independence in aging persons


Research Interest:

Medical education, including continuing education and inter-professional education; clinical innovation, including novel models of care delivery for management of complex, high-need patients


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Perry Fernandez L, Romanovsky L, Javedan H. “Geriatric Consultation and Expertise for the Hospitalized Patient.” Hosp Med Clin 5 (2016): 507-17.
Perry Fernandez L, Catalanotti J, Croffoot J. “Unwarranted Cancer Screening: A Teachable Moment.” JAMA Intern Med 176 (2016): 590-1.



Davida Flattery, DO, FACP
Primary Care Physician in Young Adult Transition Clinic

Undergraduate School:

University of California San Diego


Medical School:

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Residency:

Primary Care Internal Medicine, Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital


Research Interest:

Residency curricula for improving health outcomes for patients with chronic illness



Thomas Frohlich, MD
Division Chief, Cardiology

Division: Cardiology
Undergraduate School:

University of Michigan, BA and Stanford University, MA


Medical School:

University of Michigan


Residency:

Northwestern University, Chicago


Fellowship:

Northwestern University, Chicago


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Interventional Cardiology



Blake Gregory, MD
Core Faculty

Medical School:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Residency:

University of California San Francisco


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Mental Health in Primary Care; Quality Improvement; Resident Education; Wellbeing in Medicine; Integrative Medicine; Nutrition


Fun Facts:

My favorite pastime is baking. I rarely eat out and prefer to prepare my food myself at home. I make my own yogurt, bread, and kefir water.

Recent Presentation / Publication:

Gregory B, Larson AM, Reisch J, Lee WM; The Acute Liver Failure Study Group. Acetaminophen Dose Does Not Predict Outcome in Acetaminophen-Induced Acute Liver Failure. J Investig Med. 2010 Mar 19. PMID: 20305573



Duy-Hoa Huynh, DO

Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific


Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment is returning to the Bay Area for residency. I have always wanted to return to Oakland and give back to the same community that taught me so much while growing up. The opportunity to train and learn at Highland will inspire me even more to dedicate my future career to underserved communities all over the world.


Interesting Place Visited:

SAPA, Vietnam. This area of Vietnam is a playground for all photographers. Sapa is filled with natural beauty from countless layered rice patty fields to the breathtaking culture. The hill tribes, such as Hmong, Tay, and Dao fill the streets of Sapa with handmade items. The opportunity to trek through the villages and interact with the natives was an amazing experience. As a photographer, I was able to capture the priceless photos of the villagers and their beautiful landscapes. 



David Irwin, MD

About Me:

Dr. Irwin trained in Pennsylvania, receiving medical degrees in Hematology and Medical Oncology with special interest in cancer research. Dr. Irwin has been in practice in the Bay Area for 13 years, and is currently a principal investigator in SWOG clinical trials


Jennifer Hughes, MD

Medical School:

St. Georges University


Residency:

Internal Medicine, Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Hospitalist



Claudia Landau, PhD, MD
Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Division: Geriatrics and Palliative Care
Undergraduate School:

UC Berkeley


Medical School:

UC Davis


Residency:

University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics


Fellowship:

Stanford University


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Cognitive Impairment

Affective Disorders

Stress and Coping

Integrative Medicine for Elders

Falls


Research Interest:

Neuroendocrinology of Stress, Cognitive Assessment in Diverse Cultures, Community Bases, fall prevention



Tamsin Levy, MD
Associate Program Director / Categorical

Division: Inpatient Medicine
Undergraduate School:

University of California, Berkeley


Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco


Residency:

California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Clinical decision-making, physical diagnosis, bedside and classroom-based teaching



Benny Liu, MD
Core Faculty

Undergraduate School:

Washington University in St. Louis


Medical School:

University of Texas - Medical Branch at Galveston


Residency:

University of Michigan


Fellowship:

Gastroenterology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Cholesterol Metabolism; Niemann Pick Type C Disease


Research Interest:

Cholestrol Metabolism and Lynsosmal Storage Disease



Scott Lynch, MD
Associate Program Co-Director / Preliminary Track

Undergraduate School:

Emory University


Medical School:

St. George's University


Residency:

Highland Hospital Internal Medicine


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Simulation medicine, bedside and classroom teaching, point-of-care ultrasound



Annemarie Mallick, DO
Chief of Inpatient Division

Undergraduate School:

Boston College


Medical School:

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific


Residency:

ACMC/Highland Hospital-Primary Care Residency


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Hospital Medicine; Simulation Medicine; and Sepsis


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Presentations: Alcohol Withdrawal, On Call Cases



Amy Matecki, MD, MSc, L. Ac.

Division: Integrative Medicine
Medical School:

Qingdao Medical College, Qingdao University, China


Residency:

Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Preventive Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Integrative Oncology, Geriatric Medicine


Research Interest:

Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Integrative Oncology



Robert McCabe, MD, FACP, FCCP

Medical School:

Harvard Medical School


Residency:

Duke University Medical Center


Fellowship:

Pulmonary: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas TX; Infectious Diseases: Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Community-acquired infections requiring hospitalization; Infection control; Antimicrobial stewardship; Hospital readmissions



Sunita Mistry, MD, FACP
Chief of Inpatient Division

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Davis


Medical School:

St. George’s University Medical School


Residency:

Alameda County Medical Center


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Faculty mentor for ongoing QI projects

SHM/AAIM training in Quality Education Safety Academy



David Moskowitz, MD, MAS
Medical Director, HOPE Center

Division: Ambulatory and Preventative Medicine
Undergraduate School:

University of Washington


Medical School:

University of Washington School of Medicine


Residency:

University of Washington Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency


Fellowship:

University of California San Francisco(Primary Care Research Fellowship)


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Team-based care, complex care management, addressing social determinants in healthcare settings


Research Interest:

Implementation science in safety net settings


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Peer coaching to improve diabetes self-management: which patients benefit most?  Moskowitz D, Thom DH, Hessler D, Ghorob A, Bodenheimer T. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jul;28(7):938-42. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2367-7. Epub 2013 Feb 13.

Reconsidering the effects of poverty and social support on health: a 5-year longitudinal test of the stress-buffering hypothesis. Moskowitz D, Vittinghoff E, Schmidt L. J Urban Health. 2013 Feb;90(1):175-84. doi: 10.1007/s11524-012-9757-8.



Elizabeth Ringrose, MD
Chief of Dermatology

Division: Dermatology
Undergraduate School:

Louisinana Polytechnique


Medical School:

Louisiana State University


Residency:

Temple University 1959-1961; Stanford University 1961 - 1962


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Pediatric Dermatology


About Me:

Dr. Elizabeth Ringrose is a dermatologist in Oakland, California. She received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and has been in practice for over 58 years


Steve Sackrin, MD
Core Faculty

Undergraduate School:

Yale University


Medical School:

UC San Francisco


Residency:

ACMC/Highland Hospital


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Simulation Medicine



Herbert M. Schub, MD, FACP
Chief Pulmonary Medicine

Division: Pulmonary
Undergraduate School:

New York University 1952-1956


Medical School:

New York University School of Medicine. 1956-1960


Residency:

Pulmonary 1963-64, Maimonides Hospital Brooklyn, NY 1962-63, Brookdale Hospital Brooklyn,NY 1960-62


Fellowship:

Bellevue Hospital, New York,NY 1963-1964, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 1966-1967


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Pulmonary Medicine


Research Interest:

Tuberculosis


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Monthly Lectures to Housestaff  on Pulmonary Medicine



Archana Sridhar, MD, M. Ed
Core Faculty

Undergraduate School:

Yale University


Medical School:

Harvard Medical School


Residency:

University of California, San Francisco


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Medical Education, in-patient quality improvement



Indhu Subramanian, MD, FACP
Residency Program Director

Division: Pulmonary and Critical Care
Undergraduate School:

Washington University in St.Louis


Medical School:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School


Residency:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Fellowship:

University of Michigan Medical Center


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Director – Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic; Sepsis Harm Reduction Committee; Critical Care Committee


Research Interest:

Medical education; Sepsis; Quality improvement; Point of care ultrasound


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Ora Fried, MD and Indhu Subramanian, MD. Video Education Breaks through the Language Barrier in a Resource Limited Environment. ACMC Faculty Development Grant; in progress



Marina Trilesskaya, MD
Director, Interventional Cardiology

Division: Cardiology
Medical School:

University of California, Davis


Residency:

California Pacific Medical Center


Fellowship:

California Pacific Medical Center

Interventional Fellowship - Banner-University Medical Center - Phoenix, Arizona


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology



Robert Wong, MD, MS
Core Faculty

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Berkeley


Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine


Residency:

California Pacific Medical Center


Fellowship:

Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Chronic liver disease, including viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma


Research Interest:

Clinical epidemiology and outcomes research with a specific focus on viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver transplantation-related outcomes



Stephen Yee, MD
Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology

Division: Hematology/Oncology
Medical School:

University of California at San Francisco, School of Medicine



Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH
Attending Physician

Division: Critical Care Medicine
Undergraduate School:

Stanford University


Medical School:

Case Western Reserve University


Residency:

Brigham and Women’s Hospital; UC San Francisco


Fellowship:

UC San Francisco Medical Center


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Palliative Care in the ICU


Research Interest:

Palliative Care in the ICU


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Treated to Death, The Pacific Standard, 9/24/14

Protecting Herself From Hero Doctors, Huffington Post, 924/14

A Doctor's Dilemma, Pulse Magazine, 9/12/14

Food and the Dying Patient, New York Times, 8/21/14

Who Can Speak for the Patient, New York Times, 6/19/14

I helped One Grandmother Live and Helped Another Die, The Atlantic Monthly, 5/22/14

A "Code Death" for Dying Patients, New York Times, 4/10/14

How to Make Decisions About Death for a Loved One, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/17/14

Advance Directive Lets Loved Ones Know Final Medical Wishes, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/17/13

Patient-Centered Care: Pairing Medicine with Compassion, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/19/13

They Call Me Dr. Kevorkian, New York Times Well Blog, 11/14/13

We've Lost the Age-Old Ability to Help People Die, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/11/13

Planning Ahead for End-of-Life Decisions, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/11/13



Barry Zorthian, MD, FACP
Medical Director for Quality

Division: Primary Care
Undergraduate School:

San Francisco State University


Medical School:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY


Residency:

Alameda County Medical Center


Fellowship:

Primary Care Fellowship at ACMC


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Quality and Patient Safety, Peer Review, Chair of Interdepartmental Professional Practice Committee, Member of Quality Council, Board of Trustees


Research Interest:

Quality Improvement


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Presentations: Patient Safety (Practicing State of the Art Medicine in 2011), National Patient Safety Goals