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Core Faculty

Cynthia Chatterjee, MD: Clinical work: Psychiatrist on the San Mateo County Interface Team, a multidisciplinary mental health 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, California Society of Addiction Medicine, The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction. 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.

Vanessa de la Cruz, MD: Medical Director, San Mateo County BHRS. Academic Affiliation: Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Professional Organizational Affiliations: County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, Medical Service System of Care Committee. American Psychiatric Association, California Psychiatric Association, Co-Chair of the CPA Public Psychiatry Committee. Medical Training: Tulane University School of Medicine –MD; University of California, San Francisco–Residency in Psychiatry; Columbia University–Public Psychiatry Fellowship. Clinical/Scholarly interests: Addiction Medicine, Public Psychiatry. 

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 S. 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 Humility, Public 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.

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.

Selected publications by faculty:  

Saal D, Lee F. (2020): Rapid Induction Therapy for Opioid-Use Disorder Using Buprenorphine Transdermal Patch: A Case Series. Perm J. 2020 Mar 13. 

Sayers Van Neil M, Bhatia R, Riano NS, de Faria L, Catapano-Friedman L, Ravven S, Weissman B, Nzodom C, Alexander A, Budde K, Mangurian C. (2020): The Impact of Paid Maternity Leave on the Mental and Physical Health of Mothers and Children: A Review of the Literature and Policy Implications. Harv Rev Psychiatry. Mar/Apr 2020. PMID 32134836

Hearn JK, Reiff T, McBride A, Kelly MB. (2020): Caffeine-Induced Psychosis and a Review of Statutory Approaches to Involuntary Intoxication. J Am Acad Psychiary Law. 2020 May 13. PMID 32404360

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

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

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.

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. 

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 BHRS—Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Multifamily group therapy, immigration issues.

G. Adam Crits, MD: Clinical work: Medical Chief, North County Mental Health clinic, SMC. Medical Training: Medical College of Virginia–MD; UC Irvine Medical Center – Psychiatry Residency. Scholarly/ Clinical Interests: Public psychiatry and substance use disorders.

Peter Dell, MD: Clinical work: Staff psychiatrist, Central County Regional Clinic. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Psychiatric Association, Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. Medical Training: University of California, San Francisco–MD; San Mateo County BHRS–Psychiatry Residency; Columbia/Cornell Psychiatry and the Law–Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Police interrogation of the mentally ill, Insanity defense in California.

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.

Whitney Daniels, MD (affiliated): Clinical work/ Academic Affiliation: Site Director SMC Child Psychiatry rotation at Stanford, Stanford University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Professional Organizational Affiliations: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Medical Training: Georgetown University School of Medicine–MD; Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Psychiatry–Residency in Psychiatry; Stanford University School of Medicine–Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Scholarly/Clinical Interests: Forensic Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry, Cultural Psychiatry, Sports Psychiatry, Graduate Medical Education.

Michael Kelly, MD (affiliated): Clinical work: Program Director, San Mateo County BHRS Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Staff psychiatrist, Coalinga State Hospital. Professional Organization Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association. Medical Training: Tulane University School of Medicine–MD; New York University School of Medicine–Psychiatry Residency; Stanford University School of Medicine–Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; University of California, Davis School of Medicine–Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: School violence, legal aspects of inpatient geriatric psychiatry.

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.

Tamar Meidav, MD: Clinical work: Child and Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist, Central County Regional Clinic. Medical Training: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine—MD; Mount Sinai Medical Center—Internship in Internal Medicine; Cambridge Health Alliance–Psychiatry Residency; UCSF–Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Scholarly/Clinical Interests: medical education and public psychiatry.

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.

Daniel Saal MD PhD (affiliated): Clinical work: Addiction Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Medical Training: Yale University School of Medicine (MD); Stanford University—Psychiatry residency.

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.

Barbara 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.

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.

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.

Adjunct Clinical Faculty

Miriam Bar, PhD

Neil Brast, MD

Jacqueline Chang, MD

Maria Daehler, MD

Marvin Firestone, MD JD

Shela Fisk, PhD

Cynthia Florin, MD

Karen Johnson, MD

Jeffrey Kline, PhD

Sharon Levin, LCSW

Mali Mann, MD

Catherine Phillips, LCSW

Maureen Ruffell, MD

Jacob Towery, MD

Laura Tully, MD

Milada Urban, MD

Paul Wachter, MD

George Wilkinson, MD

Jeremy Wilkinson, MD

Jeffrey Yost, MFT

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