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#CMAdocs

#CMADocs: Helping Communities Thrive

California's doctors aren't just health care and medical experts. They're also community leaders, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and policymakers dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care at an affordable cost. Our #CMAdocs campaign celebrates physicians leading the charge to help their communities thrive. We profile these stories on our website, bi-weekly newsletter, social and local media.

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Featured Profiles

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    CMA Doc: Randal Pham, M.D.

    June 25, 2018
    Randal Tanh Pham, M.D., a Silicon Valley oculofacial plastic surgeon, was recently honored with one of the inaugural UCSF Campaign Alumni Awards in the category of “The Innovato...

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    CMA Doc: Dee Lacy, M.D., Ph.D.

    June 07, 2018
    As an infectious disease physician, Dee Lacy, M.D., is accustomed to asking herself how her patients’ pain and suffering might have been prevented. But an encounter with one patie...

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    CMA Doc: Kris Karlen, M.D.

    May 25, 2018
    For three decades, Milpitas ophthalmologist Kris Karlen, M.D., has led annual missions to Ghana to perform sight restoring surgeries in a county that currently has less than 50 op...

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    CMA Doc: Ron Chambers, M.D.

    May 14, 2018
    Dr. Ron Chambers, a family physician with Dignity Health, is trying to prepare the next generation of doctors for situations like Marie’s. His South Sacramento clinic is one of fe...

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    CMA Doc: Issa Fakhouri, M.D.

    April 30, 2018
    For Stockton internist Issa Fakhouri, M.D., having support can make all the difference. Whether it be from his family, the community to which he moved as a teenager or the medical...

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    CMA Doc: Kent Yamaguchi, M.D.

    April 16, 2018
    Kent Yamaguchi, M.D., a recently retired UCSF Fresno clinical professor specializing in reconstructive plastic and hand surgery, was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement ...

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    CMA Doc: C. Freeman, M.D.

    March 29, 2018
    President-elect of the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA), C. Freeman, M.D., will be the first African American—and thus the first African American female—to serve as ...

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    CMA Doc: Kelly Pfeifer, M.D.

    March 19, 2018
    Santa Rosa family physician Kelly Pfeifer, M.D., is director of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) High-Value Care team, which supports policies and care models that ali...

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    CMA Docs: Shannon Udovic-Constant, M.D., and James Constant, M.D.

    February 14, 2018
    On this Valentine’s Day, the California Medical Association (CMA) thought there no better time to highlight one of our outstanding physician couples...

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    Future CMA Doc: Kayla Sheehan

    February 08, 2018

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    CMA Doc: René Bravo, M.D.

    February 04, 2018
    San Luis Obispo (SLO) pediatrician René Bravo, M.D., strives to galvanize his community each and every day. His passion for the practice of medicine and his belief that he has an ...

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    CMA Doc: Alan Pierrot, M.D.

    January 19, 2018
    It's more and more common to hear about physicians leaving their medical practice for other careers — mostly citing burnout. A Mayo Clinic-funded survey of nearly 7,000 physicians...

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    CMA Doc: Edward Ellison, M.D.

    December 18, 2017
    “Physicians are ailing...We need to change our thinking, and change our culture inside and outside of the medical profession across society…We have to declare our physicians’ human...

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    CMA Doc: Vanila Singh, M.D.

    December 04, 2017
    “The opioid epidemic is impacting men and women of all communities, including Indian-Americans...I have seen it from close up and have the necessary skills to address it."

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    CMA Doc: Scott Nass, M.D.

    November 09, 2017
    West Covina family physician Scott Nass, M.D., has been named president-elect of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Medical A...

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    CMA Doc: Pratima Gupta, M.D.

    October 30, 2017
    When I say I’m 'pro-life,' I mean that the literal sense of the word 'life,' not the way it's been twisted by anti-choice advocates who want to shame, punish, and control women, t...

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    CMA Doc: Daniel "Stony" Anderson, M.D.

    October 16, 2017
    San Diego gastroenterologist Daniel “Stony” Anderson, M.D., has been named the 2017 recipient of the CMA Foundation Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Access to Health Care ...

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    CMA Doc: Hector Flores, M.D.

    October 02, 2017
    Long-time California Medical Association (CMA) member and leader, Hector Flores, M.D., has been named the 2017 recipient of the Robert D. Sparks, M.D. Leadership Achievement ...

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    CMA Doc: Patricia Cantrell, M.D.

    September 17, 2017
    Five years ago when San Diego pediatrician Pat Cantrell, M.D., was invited to give a lecture about food insecurity at a community planning conference, she said, “Honestly, it made...

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    CMA Doc: J.C. Pickett, M.D.

    September 05, 2017
    Retired Napa orthopaedic surgeon J.C. Pickett, M.D., will be inducted this week into the Vintage High School Athletic Hall of Fame . Dr. Pickett—a past president of the Californi...

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    Future CMA Doc: Cecilia Bonaduce-Leggett

    August 21, 2017
    Under the direction of San Diego anesthesiologist and UCSD professor Robert Hertzka, M.D., medical students have the opportunity to take a course on health care policy, One of Dr....

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    CMA Doc: Richard Pan, M.D.

    August 07, 2017
    "Vaccines are so effective that parents, and even many younger physicians, have never seen many vaccine preventable diseases. This lack of personal experience with these diseases h...

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    CMA Doc: Jesus Rodriguez, M.D.

    July 23, 2017
    To qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon, experts say to try to run faster than the set standard for each age group to get first dibs when registering. Throughout his life, ...

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    CMA Doc: Thomas Horowitz, D.O.

    July 06, 2017
    I entered my medical training later in life than most. I had trained and worked in public administration and as such had an acute understanding of the dependence medical practice ...