#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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    Future CMA Doc: Matt Allen

    February 06, 2024
    Matt Allen, a UCSD medical student who recently took Dr. Hertzka's class, shared his experience and takeaways after participating in the program

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    Future CMA Doc: Jesse Garcia

    February 06, 2024
    Jesse Garcia, a UCSD medical student who recently took Dr. Hertzka's class, shared his experience and takeaways after participating in the program.

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    Future CMA Doc: Kiersten Gabaldon

    February 02, 2024
    Kiersten Gabaldon, a UCSD medical student who recently took Dr. Hertzka’s class, shared her experience and takeaways after participating in the program

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    CMA Doc: Tait Shanafelt, M.D.

    June 20, 2019
    As a pioneer in burnout prevention and promotion of professional fulfillment, Dr. Shanafelt recognized early in his career its impact on physician performance and quality of care....

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    CMA Doc: Diana Ramos, M.D.

    June 10, 2019
    Diana Ramos, M.D., is set to become the first Latinx woman, as well as the first public health physician, to hold the position of president of the Orange County Medical Associatio...

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    CMA Doc: Melvin S. Donaldson, M.D.

    May 28, 2019
    Melvin S. Donaldson, M.D.,  started practicing medicine in 1952, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was President and gasoline was 29 cents per gallon.

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    CMA Doc: Ruben Kalra, M.D.

    April 17, 2019
    Ruben Kalra, M.D., is an Interventional Pain Specialist who started his own group practice in the Bay Area, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and general pain manageme...

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    CMA Doc: Jasmeet Bains, M.D.

    April 01, 2019
    Jasmeet Bains, M.D. had planned to spend her life working in business and the automotive industry until she witnessed the effects of the recession

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    CMA Doc: Richard Chinnock, M.D.

    March 18, 2019
    Pediatrician Richard Chinnock, M.D., was recently recognized with the Outstanding Clinician Award at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 26th annual gala.  ...

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    CMA Doc: Kenneth Bird, M.D.

    March 04, 2019
    Kenneth Bird, M.D., recently retired Public Health Officer for the Fresno County Department of Public Health, was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fre...

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    CMA Doc: Davis Cracroft, M.D.

    February 04, 2019
    Cracroft isn't sure why, but he always felt drawn toward medicine, coming from a family of businessfolk and English professors without a doctor in sight.

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    Future CMA Doc: Sarah Mae Smith

    January 22, 2019
    Smith has been a member of AMA and CMA since she began medical school in August 2013. She is currently serving her second one-year term on the AMA Council on Medical Service and c...

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    CMA Doc: Stephen Hansen, M.D.

    January 07, 2019
    Passion. Dedication. An unwavering moral compass. Sensitivity to social justice. For more than four decades as a physician, San Luis Obispo's Stephen Hansen, M.D., brought these t...

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    CMA Doc: Charity Dean, M.D.

    December 17, 2018
    Public health physician Charity Dean, M.D., was recently named the 2018 Physician of the Year for Santa Barbara County by the Central Coast Medical Association.

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    CMA Doc: Satinder Swaroop, M.D.

    September 15, 2018
    Orange County physician Satinder Swaroop, M.D., received the 2018 Physicians for a Healthy California Robert D. Sparks, M.D., Leadership Achievement Award. The award is presented ...

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    CMA Doc: David Goldschmid, M.D.

    September 15, 2018
    Bay Area physician David Goldschmid, M.D., today was named the 2018 recipient of the Physicians for a Healthy California’s Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Access to Health Care & Dispariti...

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    Future CMA Docs: CNUCOM Global Health Dream Team

    August 31, 2018
    A team of five medical students from California beat out applicants from across the country to win the American Medical Association (AMA) Global Health Challenge

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    CMA Doc: Jorge Robles, M.D.

    August 03, 2018
    Family physician Jorge F. Robles, M.D., has been a community leader since his arrival in the Imperial Valley in the early 1990’s. In addition to his formal training and profession...

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    CMA Doc: Gemma Kim, M.D.

    July 20, 2018
    Palm Springs physician Gemma Kim, M.D., is the director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, a partnership between Desert Regional Medical Center, Desert Healthcare District ...

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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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