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Brendan Scherer, MD
Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Dr. Scherer graduated from Columbia University and completed his medical training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, where he also served as Co-Chief Resident. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Since finishing his residency he has consistently worked at San Mateo Medical Center in the psychiatry emergency room.

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Zachary A. Plaut, MD
Associate Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Inpatient Psychiatrist at San Mateo Medical Center

Dr. Plaut graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Davis School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, where he also served as Co-Chief Resident. He then completed his Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at UCSF (SFVA and Kaiser) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After his fellowship, he returned to San Mateo Medical Center as an inpatient psychiatrist and core faculty member of the residency program. Prior to walking down the path to medical school, Dr.

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Tamar Meidav, MD
Assistant Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Outpatient Clinic and School Services

Dr. Meidav graduated from St John’s College, and completed her MD and medical internship at Case Western Reserve University. She completed her psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School, and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Harvard and UCSF. During residency, Dr. Meidav served on the American Psychiatric Association Council on Children and Families as a Mead-Johnson Fellow.  Upon graduation, Dr. Meidav joined San Mateo County. She served as the inaugural site director for the Stanford-San Mateo Community Track Child Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr.

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Connie Chen, MD
PGY4 Co-Chief Resident

Dr. Chen completed her medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia University. As a medical student, she participated in research on subthreshold PTSD through the World Trade Center Mental Health Program. She also participated in her school’s Homeless Communities Elective and served on the LCME Admissions sub-committee. As a PGY3 resident, she served as the Co-Chair for the San Mateo County Chinese Health Initiative, a collaboration between BHRS and community members.

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Tomoki Kimura, MD
PGY4 Co-Chief Resident

Dr. Kimura completed his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and his undergraduate degree at Yale University. As a medical student, he served as senior clinician, senior director, and head of the medical education committee for the Harvard Crimson Care Collaborative Student Clinic. This experience highlighted for him the extent to which mental health needs are not being met for many vulnerable populations, and the impact this deficit has on everything from substance abuse and obesity to medication non-compliance and healthcare utilization.