Redwood City ob-gyn Tanya Spirtos, M.D., becomes CMA president elect

October 23, 2022

Redwood City ob-gyn Tanya W. Spirtos, M.D., was today named California Medical Association (CMA) president-elect at the association’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Los Angeles. She will serve on the executive committee in that role for one year, and will be installed at the conclusion of next year’s annual meeting.

Dr. Spirtos is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist in full-time practice in a group of six physicians now part of foundation model Packard Medical Group/Stanford Medicine. She is also on the active medical staff of El Camino Hospital and Sequoia Hospital. 

Dr. Spirtos earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and her medical degree at Northwestern University Medical Center. She completed her residency at Los Angeles County Medical Center/ University of Southern California and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Sequoia Hospital Systems from 2003-07 and served on the Community Board of Directors of Sequoia Hospital from 2007-15. She has also been an adjunct clinical faculty of Stanford University Medical School since 1995, with an academic appointment as adjunct clinical assistant professor from 2006-14. Since 2010 she has served at the Arbor Free Clinic with the Stanford medical students and has been recognized for exemplary contributions in teaching. Despite this—and her participation on various health boards—she receives 100% of her compensation from patient care.

Dr. Spirtos has been a member of the CMA and AMA since 1985, and is a member of both the San Mateo County Medical Society and Santa Clara County Medical Association—the latter of which she served as president from 2005-06. She was elected to the CMA Board of Trustees in 2009 and continues to serve on the CMA delegation to the AMA. Since 2016, she has served on the CMA Executive Committee, first as vice speaker of the House of Delegates, then as Speaker. 

She lives with her husband Elias Eleftheriades in Redwood City, where they are both active in the Greek community and culture. Her children, Michael and Alexandra, born in 1989, have grown up surrounded by the practice and profession of medicine. Alex is currently a resident in Obstetrics/Gynecology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas; Mike is a practicing lawyer with Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton in New York City in the division of Mergers and Acquisitions.

The full 2022-2023 CMA Executive Committee includes:

  • President: Donaldo Hernandez, M.D., Santa Cruz

  • President-Elect: Tanya W. Spirtos, M.D., Redwood City

  • Chair of the Board: Shannon L. Udovic-Constant, M.D., San Francisco

  • Vice-Chair of the Board: Sergio R. Flores, M.D., San Diego

  • Speaker of the House: Jack Chou, M.D., Los Angeles

  • Vice-Speaker of the House: Lawrence Cheung, M.D., San Francisco

  • Immediate Past President: Robert E. Wailes, M.D., Oceanside/Encinitas


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