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​​Preventive Medicine Residency Program Graduates 2007 - 2021

Statistics: 1980 to 2021

  • 120 graduates

  • 63% work within the state of California in local or state public health agencies, public health institutes, community clinics serving underrepresented populations, or at academic institutions conducting research*

  • 3 current California County Health Officers; 2 Deputy Health Officers 

  • 100% first-time pass rate for board certification in GPM/PH (graduates in the past 5 years)

*Totals and percentages are based on those graduates who have not retired, passed away, or are seeking employment

2020-2021 Residents

Alanna Bares, MD, MPH

Dr. Alanna Bares completed a two-year preventive medicine resident in the CDPH Preventive Medicine Residency Program. She is a board-certified pediatrician who earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health, and Society from Cornell University in 2008 and her medical degree from the State University of New York-Downstate College of Medicine in 2012, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society during her fourth year. After medical school, she moved to California and completed her residency training in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco in 2015. After practicing as a pediatric hospitalist for a few years, she went back to school to study public health and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Davis in 2019. While at UC Davis, her practicum research project focused on the assessment of health disparities among children with disabilities in California and whether telemedicine-based physiatry services was a plausible solution to address these disparities. Dr. Bares is passionate about promoting health equity and health in all policies by using a health equity lens to analyze data and to develop and evaluate public health programs. She completed her practicum at Yolo County Health and Human Services Community Health Branch and continued providing pediatric care at the Hansen Family Health Center in Woodland, CA.  

Stipend and tuition supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies grant that funds the Public Health Priorities Track and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.  

Jennie Chen, MD, MPH

Dr. Jennie Chen completed the Preventive Medicine Residency Program in the PM2 year.  She is an Internal Medicine and Pediatric physician who obtained her BA in Biochemistry from Cornell University in 1990 and her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1995. She completed her combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric residency program at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 1999. She then practiced primary care in a Cook County, Illinois community clinic that served a predominantly Latino population. Concurrent to her clinical practice, she taught medical students and residents as an attending physician for the county hospital and Rush University Medical College. She completed her MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health in 2004. In 2007, she moved to California and has been a primary care internist, pediatrician and a teen clinic provider at Kaiser Permanente Fremont, Union City and San Leandro facilities. She has always had an interest in public and preventive health, especially in the Infectious Disease field. She is looking forward to this opportunity to make a career change from individual medical care to population health care. She completed her practicum training at the TB section of the Division of Communicable Disease Control & Prevention at the Alameda County Public Health Department.

Stipend and tuition supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies grant that funds the Public Health Priorities Track and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.  

Ada Ezenekwe, MD

Dr. Ada Ezenekwe completed a two-year resident at the CDPH Preventive Medicine Residency Program. She obtained her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Princeton University and her medical degree from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She completed her intern year in general surgery at University of California, Irvine Medical Center. Beginning in college and continuing through medical school and residency, she has been involved in community health education throughout her community including faith-based organizations. Through the residency program, Dr. Ezenekwe has earned her MPH at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed her practicum training at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She is interested in working towards finding solutions for health disparities and the health issues that arise from systemic poverty and marginalization. 

Stipend and tuition supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies grant that funds the Public Health Priorities Track and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.  

Sheena Gordon-Harris, MD

Dr. Sheena Gordon-Harris completed her two-year preventive medicine resident in the CDPH Preventive Medicine Residency Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of California, San Diego and an MD degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Subsequently, she practiced General Pediatrics in Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall, a Southern California private practice clinic, and Kaiser Permanente Fresno over the past 12 years. These experiences in diverse settings and caring for often-disadvantaged children crystalized her understanding of the effects of social determinants such as poverty and racism on childhood health and well-being.  Dr. Gordon-Harris completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of California, Davis where she completed her MPH practicum project through CDPH's Climate Change and Health Equity program. Her research project examined local health department participation in climate change related grant programs toward climate justice and health equity.  Dr Gordon-Harris participated in the COVID-19 response at Sacramento County Public Health. She is most enthusiastic about implementing health equity through policy change. 

Stipend and tuition supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies grant that funds the Public Health Priorities Track and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant.

2019 - 2020 Residents

Bianca Argueza, MD, MPH

Dr. Bianca Argueza earned her undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford University and her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco in 2018. During residency, she coordinated her clinic's Reach Out and Read program for early child literacy, created a mindfulness program for transitionally housed families, promoted resident wellness, and championed diversity efforts. Through the Preventive Medicine Residency, Dr. Argueza earned her MPH degree at the University of California at Berkeley and completed her practicum year of residency at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Office of the California Surgeon General. Her MPH research explored the association between maternal acculturation and obesity in Asian American children in California.  She provided clinical care at the UCSF Mount Zion pediatric clinic and was excited for the opportunity to learn how to improve children's health not only in the clinic but also in the communities in which they live. 

Dr. Argueza's stipend and tuition  were supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies with Integrative Health Care Training grant and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant. 

Prasad Acharya, MD, MPH, MBA

Dr. Prasad Acharya earned an MD degree from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. Prior to that, he studied Information Systems and Decision Science at the University of Maryland and went on to Xavier University where he earned an MBA while doing research in health informatics at the University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical Effectiveness. Dr. Acharya earned an MPH degree at the University of California at Berkeley during his first year with the Preventive Medicine Residency. In his second year of training, he was involved in research related to understanding the use and usability of patient facing digital health tools with a special focus on reaching medically underserved populations. Dr. Acharya enjoys social innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and advocacy efforts to enhance the role of prevention in systems that impact health. Additionally, Prasad is quite interested in clinical lifestyle interventions to prevent and treat chronic diseases. Dr. Acharya's practicum site was in the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. 

Dr. Acharya's stipend and tuition were supported by HRSA Preventive Medicine Residencies with Integrative Health Care Training grant and the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant. 

2016 - 2018 Residents

Dr. Maggie Ford earned her MD from the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program in 2012, and recently completed residency in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in June 2016. Prior to medical school, she obtained a Master of Science in clinical nutrition at Columbia University, which included breast cancer research. During her Internal Medicine Residency, she published a manuscript highlighting pediatric racial/ethnic differences in dietary and lifestyle behaviors with regard to moderate and severe obesity. Maggie participated in the CDPH Preventive Medicine Public Health Residency Program's Integrative Health Care track. She earned a Master of Public Health degree at UC Berkeley during the PGY-2 training year, completed clinical rotations at Lifelong East Oakland Clinic, and was placed at the San Francisco Department of Public Health for the PGY-3 practicum year. Dr. Ford's stipend and tuition were supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Preventive Medicine Residencies with Integrative Health Care Training grant, and the CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

Preceptors – Dr. Rita Nguyen and Dr. Susan Philip

Dr. Sefanit Mekuria completed residency in Pediatrics at Kaiser Oakland in 2015. Through her residency, she completed an MPH at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. For her master's project, she conducted a needs assessment of the juvenile justice system through key informant interviews. During medical school and her residency, she worked in several underserved settings including a rotation with the Indian Health Service and global health rotations in Cambodia, Lesotho, and the Dominican Republic. Throughout her medical training, her focus has been on community education to improve health outcomes by taking part of community classes, and community educational initiatives globally and locally. Her research interests include health disparities, obesity prevention in childhood, nutrition and food security, adolescent health, and health policy, particularly issues pertaining to children's and adolescents health. She returned to training in the Preventive Medicine Residency Program to further explore her interests in public health with a goal for a career in public health. She was placed at Contra Costa County Public Health for her practicum experience. Dr. Mekuria's stipend and tuition were supported by the HRSA Preventive Medicine Residencies with Integrative Health Care Training grant and the CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

Preceptor – Dr. Louise McNitt

Dr. Christine Wu earned her MD from UCLA School of Medicine and has a background in anesthesia. Before starting the Preventive Medicine Residency Program, she worked as a community leader helping establish Yu Ming Charter School, a Mandarin immersion public school. She returned to health care to attain a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley and to explore her interests in cancer prevention and patient advocacy. As part of the Integrative Health Care Track, Dr. Wu completed an additional 200 hours of Integrative Medicine curriculum. She fostered partnerships with communities using a variety of modalities for engagement to improve health. She believes the strength and assets of a community can be harnessed to make positive changes to everyone's health. Her interests include the mind-body connection, the integration of non-traditional methods in treating the "whole" person, and how design and spirituality can promote healing. Dr. Wu was placed with the Solano County Department of Public Health for her practicum experience. Her stipend and tuition were supported by the HRSA Preventive Medicine Residencies with Integrative Health Care Training grant and the CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

2014-2016

Dr. Sona Aggarwal completed residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital in 2005. Since then she has worked in primary care and hospital medicine in Bay Area county health systems. In 2008, she joined healthcare services in the California Department of Corrections at San Quentin where she served as Director of Quality Improvement and staff physician. Through that experience she honed skills in quality improvement and population health management using registry-driven metrics. She participated in the Preventive Medicine Residency program (PMRP) to further explore interests in health system management and public health. During the PGY2 training year Sona completed a Masters of Public Health in the Health Policy & Management track at UC, Berkeley. She served her PM (preventive medicine) residency at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Population Health Division.

Stipend and tuition supported by the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant. Preceptors – Dr. Tomas Aragon and Dr. Cora Hoover

Dr. Andrea Garcia earned her MD/MS degrees from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program in 2013. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at White Memorial Medical Center. Prior to medical school, she spent two years in the National Institutes of Health Academy where the primary objective was training on health disparities. Her research interests include chronic disease prevention, health policy, and particularly issues pertaining to the health of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities. Her former projects have examined AIAN injury prevention and the intersection with public laws, AIAN adult vaccination rates, and the health of American Indian Elders in California. Her goals include a career in public health and health policy that addresses the needs of underserved populations, and increasing the number of underserved minority physicians. Andrea served her in PM residency at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health within the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention.

Stipend and tuition supported by the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant. Preceptors – Dr. Tony Kuo and Dr. Paul Simon

2011 - 2013

Dr. Julia Logan completed her training with the program in June 2013. Her PGY3 placement sites were the Department of Health Care Services and the Sacramento County Health Department. Julia joined the program in 2011 and completed her PGY2 year through UC Davis, obtaining a Masters in Public Health degree and clinical experience with the CommuniCare Clinic in Davis. Prior to joining the Preventive Medicine Residency, Julia graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in American Culture, and received her MD from Drexel University College of Medicine. After completing her residency training in Family Medicine, she practiced as a primary care physician within a group practice in Sacramento, CA. Her area of focus during her PM residency was addressing health inequities in colorectal cancer prevention and the quality of care in Medi-Cal. Preceptors – Dr. Olivia Kasirye and Dr. Neal Kohatsu

Stipend and tuition supported by a grant awarded to the Preventive Medicine Residency Program and the University of California, Davis, by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

2011 - 2012

Dr. Cora Hoover obtained her MS/MD degree from the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program in 2000. She trained as a family physician at Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa CA, and since 2002 has practiced family medicine in safety net clinics in the Bay Area. She obtained her MPH from UC Berkeley in 2010. Her research and public health practice interests include the health implications of policy decisions outside the health realm, chronic disease prevention, immigrant health, health disparities, and occupational health. She also has a strong interest in promoting the teaching of public health in medical education as seen by her co-authorship of a public health Problem-Based Learning case that became part of the Joint Medical Program curriculum. Dr. Hoover's practicum placement was at the San Mateo County Department of Public Health.

Stipend supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant awarded to the University of California, Davis. Preceptor – Dr. Scott Morrow

Dr. Heather Tindall Readhead is located at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She completed her family medicine residency at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. She received her MD from Penn State University and her MPH in Community Health Sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Readhead has worked as a family physician in several primary care settings, including a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program and a community health center serving an inner-city Latino immigrant community. Prior to pursuing her medical and public health training, she taught science at a public middle school in Los Angeles County. Her interests include health policy, evidence-based medicine and public health practice, family planning, communicable disease control, improving health disparities, and public health education for physicians and other providers. Her goals include a public health career and participation in academic medicine as both a preventive medicine and family medicine physician.

Stipend supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant awarded to the University of California, Davis. Preceptor – Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser

2010 - 2011

Dr. Benjamin Bristow is located at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He received his MD and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles. He also received his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Bristow has worked as an expedition medic in Nicaragua and as a volunteer physician in Malawi and Guatemala. His previous research has focused on health disparities related to congenital cytomegalovirus infection in the United States. His interests include communicable disease control, especially concerning the relationship between poverty and tropical infectious diseases, as well as, public health emergency preparedness for vulnerable populations. His goals include advanced training in applied epidemiology, participating in global health fieldwork and a career in public health within the State of California.

Stipend supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant awarded to the University of California, Davis. Preceptors – Dr. Ellen Alkon, Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser and Dr. Alonzo Plough

Dr. Marie Denise Green obtained her medical degree from the "Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana" of Mexico and was trained as a general pediatrician at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in New York. Dr. Green received her MPH degree in community-oriented primary care from George Washington University. Dr. Green has great interest in community involvement and empowerment and has participated in various researches involving underserved and immigrant populations. Her goal is to work at a community level within California to help strengthen our public health system. She served her PM residency at the San Diego Public Health Department.

Stipend support by the Public Health & Health Services Block Grant. Preceptor – Dr. Wilma Wooten

2009 - 2010

Dr. Tanya Phares is located at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She received her D.O. from Western University of Health Sciences and her MPH in International Health from Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Phares has served as a research fellow at the CDC with the Division of Reproductive Health and the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Her previous research has focused on health disparities and health behavior in maternal health. Her interests include women's reproductive health, international health and maternal & child health. Her goals include working as a medical director in a local health department.

Stipend support by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Preceptors – Dr. Ellen Alkon and Dr. Bob Kim-Farley

2008 - 2009

Dr. Byron Kennedy is located at the CDPH Tobacco Control Branch in Sacramento. Dr. Kennedy received his MD and PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University and completed his internship in Family Medicine at Georgetown University. Dr. Kennedy will be focusing on gaining experience in public health policy, administration and research within Tobacco Control. His focus is on addressing chronic disease, and he has published many articles on cardiovascular disease.

Stipend support by the CDPH Tobacco Control Branch and the Public Health and Health Services Block Grant. Preceptors – Dr. Neal Kohatsu, April Roeseler, RN, MPH

Dr. Jillian Martin is located at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She received her MD from Boston University and her MPH from San Diego State University. Dr. Martin previously worked as a General Medical Officer in the US Navy and Marines, in which she was on active duty in Indonesia and Iraq. Dr. Martin will be focusing on public health policy, administration and research. She is interested in obesity and chronic disease prevention, as well as quality assurance.

Stipend support by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Preceptors – Dr. Ellen Alkon and Dr. Bob Kim-Farley

2007 - 2008

Dr. Carrie Jones' major project in the CDPH Cancer Registry was mapping colorectal cancer rates by legislative district. She also coordinated a Youth Substance Abuse Summit at Yolo County DPH. She is the Chair of the Yolo County Health Council. Dr. Jones has a background in educational psychology, and has done research in autism prior to joining our program.

Stipend support by the CDPH Cancer Registry and the Public Health and Health Services Block Grant. Preceptor – Dr. Bette Hinton, Dr. Margaret McCusker and Dr. Janet Bates.

Dr. Timur Durrani's major project at the Los Angeles County DPH was a pilot study of a novel triage method to increase access while maintaining quality in the county STD clinic. Dr. Durrani completed a Family Medicine residency, is a member of the Army Reserve, and will be deploying to Afghanistan in August 2008 to work as a Preventive Medicine Physician in the Army.

Stipend support by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Preceptor – Dr. Ellen Alkon and Dr. Bob Kim-Farley

Dr. Aimee Sisson's major project at the Placer County DHHS was writing, obtaining and managing a California Endowment grant to build community capacity around air quality and asthma. She was located at the CDPH Asthma program working on the CDPH Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Plan. Dr. Sisson, who has a background in surgery and is a triathlete, currently works at CDPH as a Public Health Medical Officer II.

Stipend support by the Public Health and Health Services Block Grant. Preceptor – Dr. Richard Burton and Dr. David Nunez.

 

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