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Robert Cabaj, MD
Chair of Psychiatry, Medical Director, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Dr. Cabaj graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency at the Cambridge Hospital program at Harvard. He 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. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, a board certified psychiatrist, a certified addiction medicine specialist and maintains a small private practice of psychiatry.

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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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Clay Barnes, MD MPH
PGY4 Co-Chief Resident, Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Clay Barnes is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Track Program. After graduating with a BS from the University of Vermont, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and developed skills around advocacy and quality improvement while working with primarily rural communities in Vermont. During medical school, Clay coordinated a group that taught inner city youth leadership and advocacy skills through the lens of public health.

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Tram Nguyen, MD
PGY4 Co-Chief Resident, Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Tram Nguyen completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of California, Davis. Prior to attending medical school, she volunteered at one of the many student-run clinics hosted by the UC Davis School of Medicine as a medical translator. While in medical school, she returned to the student run clinics as a co-medical student director at the Willow Clinic which primarily serves the homeless population. She also led a nutrition internship which focused on lifestyle modifications for the management of long term chronic illnesses.

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