#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: 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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    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 Aw...

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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
    Second year medical student, Kayla Sheehan, was recently awarded the 2017 Medical Student Scholarship from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) for her academic ac...

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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
    Alan Pierrot, M.D. never set out to be an entrepreneur or to pioneer a new surgical delivery model. "I picked my profession when I was in seventh grade. I loved biology and I had a...

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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’ huma...

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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 ...

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