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Core Faculty

Robert Cabaj, MD: Clinical work: Chair of Psychiatry, Medical Director, SMC Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Academic Affiliation: Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF (Voluntary Faculty). Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society, California Psychiatric Association, California Mental Health Directors Association. Medical Training: Harvard School of Medicine–MD; Cambridge Hospital–Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: administration, substance abuse, gay and lesbian mental health, HIV/AIDS.

Hung-Ming Chu, MD, PhD: Clinical work: Deputy Medical Director of SMC Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Academic Affiliation: Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF Department of Psychiatry (Voluntary Faculty). Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, California Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society. Medical Training: National Taiwan University–MD; Harvard University–PhD Neurobiology; Harvard University McClean Hospital–Residency in Psychiatry; UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute–Research Fellow in Psychiatry; UCSF VA Medical Center, Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Asian-American Issues, Psychopharmacology, Substance Use.

John Herbert, MD: Clinical work: Medical Chief, South County Clinic SMC Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Assistant Residency Program Director. Academic Affiliation: Assistant Clinical Professor (affiliated) Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Associate, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association. Medical Training: University of Minnesota School of Medicine–MD; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program–Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: administration, severe mental illness.

Zachary Plaut, MD: Clinical work/Academic Affiliation: San Mateo Medical Center inpatient psychiatrist, Associate Program Director-San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Medical Training: UC Davis School of Medicine–MD; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program–Residency in Psychiatry; UCSF–Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship (SFVA and Kaiser). Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Emergency and Addiction psychiatry.

Raziya Wang, MD: Clinical work: Psychiatry Program Director, San Mateo County Residency Program; Academic Affiliation: Clinical Assistant Professor (affiliated) at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society. Medical Training: NYU School of Medicine–MD; Yale University Department of Pediatrics–Internship; Yale University Department of Psychiatry–Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Residents-As-Teachers, Community Psychiatry.

Diana Wertz, MD PhD: Clinical work/Academic Affiliation: San Mateo Medical Center inpatient psychiatrist. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association,  American Medical Association, American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Medical Training: Stanford University School of Medicine–MD, Residency in Psychiatry, and Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry. Doctoral Training: UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry–PhD. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Inpatient, Addiction psychiatry, global mental health.

Nicole Westercamp, MD: Clinical work: Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Emergency Service, San Mateo Medical Center. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Medical Training: University of Nebraska Medical Center—MD with distinction; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program—Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Emergency Psychiatry, Resident Wellness.

Stephan Wyss, MD: Clinical work/Academic Affiliation: San Mateo Medical Center inpatient psychiatrist. Medical Training: Duke University School of Medicine–MD; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program–Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Psychotic disorders, Addiction psychiatry.

Selected publications by core faculty:  

Westercamp, N., Wang, R., Fassiotto, M. (2017): Resident perspectives on work-life policies and implications for burnout. Academic Psychiatry. Published online: 25 August 2017. PMID: 28842868

Szabo K., White C., Cummings S., Wang R., Quanbeck C. (2015): Inpatient Aggression in Community Hospitals. CNS Spectrums.   PMID: 25715971

Bonasera, S.J.*, Chu, H.M.*, Brennan, T.J., and Tecott, L.H. (2006).  A null mutation of the Serotonin 6 receptor alters acute responses to ethanol.  Neuropsychopharmacology  31, 1801-1813.  *equal contribution PMID: 16452990

Shen, S.H., Wertz, D. L.; Klinman, J. P (2012). “Implication for functions of the ectopic adipocyte copper amine oxidase (AOC3) from purified enzyme and cell-based kinetic studies” PLOS One: 2012, 7(1), e29270. PMID: 22238597

Cabaj, R (2009): Strike While the Iron is Hot: Science, Social Forces and Ego-Dystonic Homosexuality, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 13(2):87-93, April 2, 2009

Cabaj, R (2011): Substance Abuse and The Gay Community, Chapter for: Lowinson, Ruiz, Millman (eds.) Comprehensive Textbook of Substance Abuse, Revised Fifth Edition, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD

Clinical Faculty

Kathleen Akiyama, MD: Clinical work: Staff Psychiatrist Central County Regional Clinic. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society. Medical Training: UCLA—MD; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Asian American issues.

Daniel Becker, MD (affiliated): Clinical work: Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services, Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Academic Affiliation: Clinical Professor at UCSF (Voluntary Faculty), Adjunct Clinical Professor Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society, California Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American College of Psychiatrists, American Medical Association, California Medical Association, San Mateo County Medical Association, San Mateo County Psychiatric Society. Medical Training: University of Wisconsin Medical School–MD; Yale University Department of Psychiatry–Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Eating disorders, Personality disorders, Substance use disorders.

Jason Bromley, MD: Clinical work/Academic Affiliation: Staff psychiatrist San Mateo County BHRS South County clinic. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, California  Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society, Medical Training: UC Davis School of Medicine; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program; Scholarly/Clinical Interests: emergency and community psychiatry. 

Cynthia Chatterjee, MD: Clinical work: Psychiatrist on the San Mateo County Interface Team, a mental health and substance use disorder team embedded in primary care clinics. Academic Affiliation: Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society, American Society of Addiction Medicine. Medical Training: UCSF School of Medicine–MD; Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences–Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Integrated care, addiction medicine, medication-assisted treatment for addictions, mood disorders, anxiety disorders.

Juanchito Crisostomo, MD: Clinical work: Staff psychiatrist, North County Regional Clinic. Professional Organizational Affiliations: University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society of America, President Northern California Chapter. Medical Training: University of the Philippines College of Medicine—MD; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program—Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Multifamily group therapy, immigration issues.

Bradford Crowell, Jr. MD (affiliated): Clinical work: Staff Psychiatrist, Assistant Chief of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. Site Director SMC Psychiatry Residency Consult-Liaison rotation. Medical Training: Duke University School of Medicine; Yale University School of Medicine–Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: consultation-liaison psychiatry, administrative psychiatry including systems/program planning and development, HIV psychiatry, work with the LGBTQI communities, sexuality and spirituality in psychiatry.

Nang Du, MD: Clinical work: Medical Chief North County Regional Clinic. Academic Affiliation: Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Medicine (voluntary). Professional Organizational Affiliation: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society (Asian American Issues Committee). Medical Training: University of Saigon, Faculty of Medicine—MD; Choquan Hospital for Tropical Diseases, S. Vietnam—Residency in Internal Medicine and Tropical Medicine; UCSF—Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Cross-cultural psychiatry, PTSD, Depression, Psychosis, Ethno-psychopharmacology, Asian mental health issues, Psychiatry education and clinical training.

Todd Feeley, MD: Clinical work: Medical Chief, Central County Clinic SMC Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society. Medical Training: Tufts University School of Medicine–MD; California Pacific Medical Center–Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Community Psychiatry; LGBT Focus.

John Furman, MD JD: Clinical work: Psychiatrist Psychiatric Emergency Service, San Mateo Medical Center. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, California Medical Association. Medical Training: Ohio State University College of Medicine—MD; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program—Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: HIV Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry.

Alyse Gabriel, DO: Clinical work: Geriatric and Community Psychiatrist OASIS Team, SMC Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, American Osteopathic Association. Medical Training: Western University of Health Sciences–DO; Tripler Army Medical Center, Maricopa County Medical Center–Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Adult ADHD, PTSD.

Murtuza Ghadiali, MD (affiliated): Clinical work: Addiction Medicine Physician, Assistant Physician In Chief, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. Site Director SMC Psychiatry Residency Addiction rotation. Medical Training: University of Florida Coll of Med; Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center–Internal Medicine Residency, UCSF-VA Addiction Medicine Fellowship. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: addiction medicine.

Gary Y. Huang, MD (affiliated): Clinical work: Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Assistant Chief of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. Site Director SMC Psychiatry Residency Child and Adolescent psychiatry rotation. Medical Training: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; University of Hawaii Combined Residency in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, quality improvement, physician wellness, patient experience.

Shashank Joshi, MD (affiliated): Clinical work/ Academic Affiliation: Site Director SMC Child Psychiatry rotation at Stanford, Stanford University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (by courtesy), and Associate Professor Graduate School of Education. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Oversight Committee, Health Care Alliance for Response to Adolescent Depression. Medical Training: Baylor College of Medicine–MD; Einstein College of Medicine–Residency in Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School Mental Health, Cultural aspects of pediatric health, Faculty development, Therapeutic alliance.

Gilda Major, MD: Clinical work: Staff Psychiatrist, North County Regional Clinic. Medical Training: UCSF School of Medicine—MD; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program—Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Cross-cultural psychiatry, women’s mental health.

Perry Maliuanag, MD (affiliated): Clinical work: Staff Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center specializing in psychosomatic medicine and palliative care medicine. Medical Training: University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines), MD; SUNY Stony Brook—Psychiatry Residency and Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: psychosomatic medicine, psych-oncology, palliative care medicine, bioethics.

Grace C. Niu, PhD: Clinical work: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Medical-Psychiatry Services, San Mateo Medical Center. Research Affiliations: AIMS Center at University of Washington; Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis Health. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Geropsychology, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Association for Psychological Science. Training: Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University—MS, PhD; Veterans Administration Northern California Healthcare System—Clinical Internship; NIMH Fellow, Clinical Services Research Program at UCSF; Certificate in Implementation Science UCSF. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Testing integrated and collaborative care models in different health systems, implementing evidence-based health and mental health services to underserved populations.

Richa Pathak, MD (affiliated): Clinical work: Consult-Liaison Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Site Director SMC Psychiatry Residency Consult Liaison rotation. Medical Training: G.S.V.M Medical College, Kanpur, India (MD); SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn—Psychiatry Residency, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System—Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.

David Pating, MD (affiliated): Clinical work: Chief Addiction Medicine, Medical Director Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, Chair Physician Wellbeing and Wellness Committee, Kaiser Medical Center San Francisco. Academic Affiliation: Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, Site Director, VAMC Fellowship in Addiction Medicine. Professional Organizational Affiliations: California Institute of Mental Health, California Hospital Association, California Society of Addiction Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine, California Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, California Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Association. Medical Training: UCLA School of Medicine—MD; UCSF School of Medicine internship and resident in General Surgery, and Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Substance abuse, systems of care, health care reform, adolescent substance abuse.

Cameron Quanbeck, MD: Clinical work: Medical Director, Cordilleras Mental Health Center, San Mateo Medical Center. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Northern California Psychiatric Society, American Medical Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Physicians Organizing Committee. Medical Training: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine–MD; Harbor-UCLA Medical Center—Internship in Psychiatry, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and West LA VAMC–Residency in Psychiatry, UC Davis School of Medicine—Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical interests: Violence and safety assessments, severe mental illness.

Brendan Scherer, MD: Clinical work/Academic Affiliation: Staff psychiatrist San Mateo County BHRS Central County clinic, Staff psychiatrist San Mateo Medical Center Psychiatry Emergency Services. Medical Training: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program; Scholarly/Clinical Interests: emergency and community psychiatry. 

Suhail Sheikh, MD FAPA (affiliated): Clinical work: Consult-Liaison Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Medical Training: Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Pakistan (MD); Michigan State University—Psychiatry residency; Stanford University School of Medicine—Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: psychosomatic medicine, geriatric psychiatry, interface between medicine and psychiatry.

Michael Vagts, MD, MBA: Clinical work/Academic Affiliation: Staff psychiatrist San Mateo County BHRS Central County clinic. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Society of Addiction Medicine. Medical Training: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program; Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Addiction psychiatry. 

Barbara Yates Weissman, MD: Clinical work: Senior Clinical Faculty OASIS Team (Geriatric psychiatry). Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Medical Association, California Medical Association (Chair of Specialty Delegation), San Mateo County Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association (Assembly Executive Member), Northern California Psychiatric Association, California Psychiatric Association, San Mateo Psychiatric Society. Medical Training: Harvard Medical School –MD; Children’s Hospital of San Francisico—Intern in Internal Medicine; UCSF–Post Graduate Fellowship Radiation Oncology; Stanford—Residency in Psychiatry. Clinical/Scholarly Interests: geriatric psychiatry, organizational psychiatry.

Chin-Po Paul Yang, MD, PhD: Clinical Work: Staff psychiatrist, South County Regional Clinic, San Mateo. Academic Affiliation: Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society, Association for Transpersonal Psychology, Taiwan Society for Psychiatry, San Mateo Psychiatric Society. Medical Training: Taipei Medical College—MD; University of Washington—MPH; University of Washington—PhD Epidemiology; UC Irvine—Intern in Psychiatry; Stanford—Residency in Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, positive psychology, religion, Buddhist psychology, transpersonal psychology, mystical experiences, spiritual emergency, spiritual problems, empathy, compassion, existential psychotherapy, mental health recocvery, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), group therapy, geriatric psychiatry, end of life issues.

Farah Zaidi, MBBS: Clinical work/Academic Affiliation: San Mateo Medical Center hospital psychiatrist. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association, Northern California Psychiatric Society. Medical Training: Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Pakistan–MBBS; San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program–Residency in Psychiatry; UCSF Public Psychiatry Fellowship. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Community Psychiatry and Addiction psychiatry.

Adjunct Clinical Faculty

Miriam Bar, PhD

Melvin Brown, MD

Jacqueline Chang, MD

Cynthia Florin, MD

Marilyn Gradeck, PhD

April Holman, PhD

John Jemerin, MD

Karen Johnson, MD

Jeffrey Kline, PhD

Ronnie Sue Leith, MD, PhD

Mali Mann, MD

Mary Ann Norfleet, PhD

Donald Newman, MD

Maureen Ruffell, MD

Amy Tyson, MD

Milada Urban, MD

Paul Wachter, MD

Randy Weingarden, MD

Jeff Weiner, MD

George Wilkinson, MD

Jeremy Wilkinson, MD

Susan Yamaguchi, LCSW

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