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Vanessa de la Cruz, MD
Chair of Psychiatry, Medical Director, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Dr. de la Cruz graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She is currently the Medical Director of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, an integrated system that delivers and monitors mental health and substance abuse services for San Mateo County, and previously served in the same role at Santa Cruz County.

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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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John L. Herbert, MD
Assistant Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Medical Director, South County Mental Health Clinic

Dr. Herbert graduated from Gustavus Aldolphus College and the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his psychiatric residency at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. He serves as the Assistant Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency, Medical Director of the South County Mental Health Clinic, and previously served as Acting Medical Director of San Mateo County Mental Health Services.

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Jonathan Tsang, MD
PGY4 Co-Chief Resident, San Mateo-UCSF Public Psychiatry Fellow

Jonathan Tsang is a graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to medical school, Jonathan served as an AmeriCorps Justice Corps member and committed more than 500 hours to serve litigants who could not afford attorneys in self-help centers in California Superior Court. As a medical student, Jonathan volunteered with the East Harlem Outreach Partnership free clinic as both a student clinician and case manager.

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Michael Lee, MD
PGY4 Co-Chief Resident

Michael Lee completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Louisiana State University. As a medical student, Michael participated in a medical mission trip to Mexico and served as the treasurer for the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. His experiences in the student-run homeless clinics in New Orleans were formative in his desire to work with underserved populations and to work to make sure that resources are available and are implemented correctly.

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