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Annual 2008

 

           
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The East Bay's Best Doctors

206 Physicians Earn Top Honors

Jan Stürmann

    Located in the midst of the Bay Area, Oakland benefits from its proximity to a score of world-class hospitals. But finding a good doctor—one, say, who is highly skilled, compassionate, dedicated and close by—isn’t always easy. You can talk to friends, but one person’s dream doc may be another person’s nightmare. You can check on various message boards, but sometimes the information is out of date. Or you can ask for references from other doctors you see—knowing, again, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    About once a year, several companies publish lists of the “best doctors” in the country. This year we chose the list compiled by Best Doctors Inc., a company founded by physicians at the Harvard University School of Medicine in 1989. Best Doctors maintains a worldwide database of 50,000 top medical specialists in more than 400 subspecialties—and makes regional lists available to media outlets.
    How do doctors make the list? Best Doctors consults with doctors across the country, asking them who the best in their particular field may be in any particular year. Most important, doctors can’t pay to be on the list nor do they get paid for giving their opinion.
    To determine five Oakland physicians for highlighting, we first pulled out the Oakland-based doctors from a longer East Bay list. Then we chose about a dozen specialties in which we thought Oakland readers might be interested, including obstetrics, internal medicine and pulmonology. From that list, we chose some names based on word of mouth (Dr. Goldee H. Gross, for instance, is well-known in these parts as an obstetrician) and some based on sheer curiosity (e.g., we really wanted to know what pediatric sleep and pediatric critical-care specialists did).
    As luck would have it, the resulting five physicians turned out to be just what we were looking for: highly skilled, compassionate, dedicated and, yes, close by. Moreover, in a health-care era marked by consumer cynicism and physician burnout, these doctors bring an inspiring passion to their work. Read on to learn about some of the best doctors in the East Bay.

Dr. Jorge A. Gutierrez Jr.

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Pediatric Critical Care

    Jorge Gutierrez was born in Oakland and grew up in Emeryville. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in genetics, he left California to attend Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of his studies, he began his training at UCSF Medical Center, where he researched acute lung injuries—and their treatment—in children. He moved back to the East Bay in 2005, to work at the Pediatric ICU at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. He now lives in Orinda with his wife and two children. In his spare time he coaches for the Orinda Baseball Association and plays second base in the Bay Area Men’s Senior Baseball League.

How did you decide you wanted to work with critically ill children?
    I knew all along I wanted to work with kids. I even coached kids in basketball when I was in high school. But it was when I was doing my residency in pediatrics at UCSF and I realized that I liked the thrill of working with very sick children that I decided to go into critical care. I find it very satisfying to use my skills to help children pull through.

What sorts of conditions do the children you treat have?
    Prior to working at Kaiser, I mainly took care of children who had just had open-heart surgery or bone-marrow transplants, or who were undergoing treatments for cancer. I even took part in a medical mission in 2002 that performed 22 open-heart cases in Nicaragua. At Kaiser, we see a large volume of pediatric patients who have undergone brain surgery, as we have become a specialized center for pediatric neurosurgery for the entire Kaiser Northern California region. We also take care of children suffering from conditions such as asthma, sepsis or pneumonia, and children who suffer from acute lung injury, one of the diseases I did research on for 10 years before joining Kaiser. I don’t treat babies in the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit, however.

What do you wish you could tell parents before they even walk into the ICU?
     I wish I could tell them that having a child in ICU is one of the toughest things that will happen in their lives, but that children can bounce back from being critically ill. What we do tell parents is the truth: We are very honest, even when the child’s condition is not reversible. We even allow parents to participate in our daily rounds to be sure they are included in their child’s care.

What sorts of changes have benefited critical care in the last few years?
    Certainly the movement toward “family-centered care”—in which ICU staff strive to meet the emotional needs of family members, as well as of the patient—has been an improvement. That’s why, for instance, parents are not only allowed to be part of our rounds, but are encouraged to actively participate. And, of course, technological advances have allowed us to support more children through critical illnesses than we were able to in the past. We have developed goal-directed therapies to improve outcomes in pediatric sepsis, for instance, and strategies that allow us to ventilate children while minimizing trauma to their lungs from our mechanical ventilators.

How has being a critical-care pediatrician affected how you parent your own two children?
    I admit it makes me a little paranoid. But at the same time, I fully understand that bad things sometimes happen in life. Families can’t always prevent the accidents their children have or the illnesses that they acquire.

Dr. Goldee H. Gross

OB/GYN Partners for Health, Oakland
Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Goldee H. Gross, 55, was born in Oakland but left the Bay Area when she went to Raymond College in Stockton for her undergraduate work. She went from there to UC San Diego, where she took premed courses, and San Diego State University, where she earned a counseling degree. She got her medical training at Washington University in St. Louis and did her residency in Washington, D.C. Today she is a senior partner in her practice, OB/GYN Partners for Health, with offices in Oakland, Lafayette and Berkeley. She lives in Orinda with her husband of 30 years; she has one son in high school and another in college.

How has your training as a counselor affected your practice as an OB/GYN?
    Part of what I like best about my job is hearing the patient stories. Often we end up talking about things that aren’t directly related to the symptoms the patients come in with—like stressors of work and family. I think sometimes these are the real issues that underlie problems with our physical health.

What’s it like to treat women throughout their reproductive life?
    This is something I absolutely love about my practice. Most people think of obstetricians as delivering babies all the time. But the majority of my patients come in for gynecological services. There are some patients I’ve had for the last 20 years. We’ve had kids together, dealt with aging parents together, grown old together. It’s a very special relationship.
    The downside of that is that sometimes it gets frustrating to see that people sometimes cannot help themselves. I can keep talking about the importance of eating right, exercising and reducing stress, yet sometimes they are unable to do those things—perhaps because they can’t afford it or they truly don’t have time. Sometimes there are social issues holding them back. But I’m aware that women, especially, juggle a lot and often lead very complex lives.

What else do you like about your job?
    With offices in Lafayette, Oakland and Berkeley, I get to see a wide variety of women. And I’ve learned that even if they look different on the surface—because of their clothing or their jobs, for instance—once they get behind closed doors and start talking about what’s going on in their lives, they’re mostly dealing with the same kinds
of problems.
    In addition, I really like the people I work with. The Bay Area attracts some very high-quality people. And it’s not just my work partners—who are fabulous, by the way. I truly enjoy the nurses and the security guards and all the people I work with. I love hearing their stories.

What advice would you give to a woman looking for a new gynecologist?
    I would say find the best hospital in the area. Then politely ask the nurses which gynecologists they would recommend. Nurses have experience with these doctors, so they are a good resource. I know it can be hard to find a doctor you like. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error and conferring with friends.

Dr. Ananse Taharka

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

    Born in New Orleans, Ananse Taharka left his hometown to attend undergraduate school at the University of Notre Dame and medical school at the University of Cincinnati. He did his residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and now works as both a pulmonologist and the director of the Adult Intensive Care Unit at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. He is also an associate professor of medicine at UCSF. He lives with his two children in East Oakland.

What made you want to be a doctor?
    I started wanting to be a doctor when I was 7. My aunt had gotten sick. When the doctor came, he was handsome, well-spoken, and he really ministered to my aunt. I noticed that my parents got real quiet while he was there. After he left, I thought, “I want to be like him.” I saw there was something special about his profession, about having a relationship with people that involves having the skills and knowledge to make them feel better. Doing that, I knew, I would feel good, too.

And what spurred your interest in both pulmonology and critical care?
    When I was a child, I had a cousin who was asthmatic and I saw him struggle. I was very concerned about him. In medical school, I realized I had some curiosity about respiratory illnesses. Then our physiology professor—who was quite good—couldn’t teach the class. We had a substitute, who wasn’t quite as good. I was worried that I wasn’t getting enough instruction in pulmonary physiology, so I started reading up on it on my own.
    As it happened, my first rotations as a resident were in the pulmonology ward, and the attending physicians were great—they were smart, friendly and loved to teach. Those same attendings were on my ICU rotation. By the end of the year I knew what I wanted to study.

What sorts of conditions do you treat in your two specialties?
    In the pulmonology department we see patients with lung injuries, malignancies, asthma, pneumonia and emphysema. In critical care, we see patients with a wide variety of illnesses, including really bad pneumonias, respiratory failure, heart failure, severe asthma, COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease], and, of course, we handle post-surgical needs.

What do you like about working in the ICU?
    Physiology! It’s a place where you can look at what’s gone gravely wrong with the human body and how it might be reversed. The ICU is also fast-paced. And I like working with families. It’s important to be able to bridge and build a relationship with families when patients are too sick to fend for themselves. We talk to the families a lot, try to help them and comfort them. I’m fortunate enough to have the personality and the upbringing that allows me to do that.
    I also find physiology to be fun. What greater creation is there than the human body? What a gift to be able to understand it and to get a glimpse into the nature of a greater creator, too.

What’s the biggest breakthrough in critical-care medicine in the last few years?
    The biggest one in the last five years is the improvement in our way of managing septic shock (which is when a bacterial infection in the blood causes a potentially lethal drop in blood pressure). We’ve recently learned crucial lessons about how to use fluids, antibiotics and other treatments to maintain the patient’s blood pressure until the underlying infection has been cured.

Dr. Dean Nickles

Associated Internal Medicine Medical Group
Internal Medicine (General)

    Dean Nickles started his medical school career after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Although the West Virginia native headed off to airborne school, in the back of his mind he really wanted to be a doctor, so after a stint at a ranger school and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he went to medical school at West Virginia University and did his internship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. Now 59, he lives with his wife in Piedmont; his two children both attend the University of Oregon.

What made you decide first to become a doctor?
    I knew even in my last year at West Point that I wanted to be a doctor. But first I had to learn a very important lesson for all physicians: how to jump out of airplanes. More seriously, I also knew that I wanted to be able to help my fellow human beings in their times of need.

And what drew you to internal medicine?
    During my residency rotations, internal medicine just spoke to me. I knew I wanted a discipline with patient contact—versus disciplines like pathology or anesthesiology, which have so little patient contact. So I was drawn to both the social and the scientific aspects of internal medicine.

What do you enjoy about your practice?
    I very much enjoy the continuity of care I’ve developed over the last 25 years of my practice. As I’ve gotten older, many of my patients have gotten older—I now have some patients who are well into their 90s. I also enjoy the diversity of cultures and ethnicities we have in the Bay Area. I feel like I have the UN walking through my doors every day—and I like that.

You’ve lived in West Virginia, Washington State and New York. How did you end up in the Bay Area?
    That’s a funny story. My very best friend from kindergarten—who went to elementary school with me and was my roommate in medical school—had trained at Highland Hospital while I was training at Tripler Army Medical Hospital in Honolulu and, later, stationed in Texas. Then I got out of the military and I had no place to go. I came to Oakland just with the intention of seeing what it’s like in the Bay Area. I started to like the area, then I got married, got the mortgage, had two kids … and suddenly I’ve been here for 26 years.
    Funny thing was, in kindergarten, our teacher was my mother. And my best friend from kindergarten is still my best friend.

Dr. Karen Hardy

Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Pulmonology

    An East Coast native, Karen Hardy received her medical training at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. Today she is the director of the pulmonology division at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, as well as the director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center and medical director of Children’s Hospital Oakland Sleep Lab, Respiratory Therapy. She lives in Piedmont and has two college-aged children.

What are your areas of expertise as a pulmonologist?
    I decided to go into pediatric pulmonology after working with a teen-aged girl who had cystic fibrosis. She was critically ill, but she touched my soul. She was really an inspiration: Her goal was to reach her 18th birthday, and she made it, but just barely. So now, as a pulmonologist, I specialize in cystic fibrosis. But I also treat asthma, allergies, former premature infants whose lungs haven’t yet developed and children with congenital lung abnormalities.

What sorts of sleep disorders do you treat?
    I do work with dysomniacs—that is, children who have trouble staying or falling asleep. But we’re also seeing an alarming increase in the rate of children with sleep apnea. It’s something the public normally associates with overweight, middle-aged men. But because of the pediatric obesity epidemic among children, we’re seeing it in that age group, too. Unfortunately, it’s very dangerous, because sleep apnea can lead to increased blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, weight loss and even heart failure.

What’s the current thinking on the best treatment for asthma?
    The biggest parental concern has been whether or not children should use inhaled steroids to control their asthma. Parents understandably are reluctant to give their children steroids. But according to the newest guidelines from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, inhaled steroids have been soundly proven to be the best treatment for controlling pediatric asthma.

What’s your philosophy as a physician?
    My life mantra is “practice what you preach.” So I try to eat right, floss and get exercise. I like to walk and hike. In fact, I recently completed my first half marathon. I’m also a big advocate of meditation, which can be more relaxing and restful for the mind and body than sleep. And I try to act on my concerns about the health of children around the world, which is why, over the years, I’ve done volunteer medical work in Africa, China and Russia.

How many hours of sleep do you get?
    I feel good if I get seven hours of sleep each night. Eight hours a night would be lovely but that only happens on vacation. Lately my life has been so busy I only get five or six.

The East Bay's Best Doctors


>Allergy & Immunology

Barbara Karpel
Allergy and Asthma Medical Group of Diablo Valley
Bishop Ranch II, Building C, Suite 225
2305 Camino Ramon
San Ramon, CA  94583
(925) 327-1460

Michael A. Le Noir
Comprehensive Allergy Services
2940 Summit St., Suite 1
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 834-4897

>Anesthesiology

Crystal Terry
Alameda Hospital
Department of Anesthesiology
2070 Clinton Ave.
Alameda, CA  94501
(510) 814-4064

>Cardiovascular Disease

David Jarvis Anderson
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 452-1345

Richard P. Bails
Berkeley Cardiovascular
Medical Group
2450 Ashby Ave., Suite 2784
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 204-1691

Ralph Brindis
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94610
(510) 752-6474

John Edelen
Berkeley Cardiovascular
Medical Group
2450 Ashby Ave., Suite 2785
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 204-1691

Robert C. Feldman
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 452-1345

Robert Gwynn
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 452-1345

Eric L. Johnson
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 452-1345

J. R. Saphir
2435 Webster St., Suite C
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 832-1357

Richard S. Stern
East Bay Cardiology Medical Group
2101 Vale Road
San Pablo, CA  94806
(510) 233-9300

Richard Terry
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 452-1345

>Colon & Rectal Surgery

David Bitar
2900 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 845-4638

>Dermatology

Jeffrey A. Carmel
Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
2557 Mowry Ave., Suite 34
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 797-4111

Sunil S. Dhawan
Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
2557 Mowry Ave., Suite 34
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 797-4111

Ervin H. Epstein Jr.
400 30th St., Suite 205
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-8282

David C. Gorsulowsky
Fremont Dermatology
39210 State St., Suite 218
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 790-0477

Camilla McCalmont
6431 Fairmount Ave., Suite 3
El Cerrito, CA  94530
(510) 527-8865

Katie Rodan
Alta Aesthetics Associates
3300 Webster St., Suite 1106
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 763-2662

>Endocrinology & Metabolism

Randall A. Ammon
1 Country Club Plaza
Orinda, CA  94563
(925) 254-3805

Craig Norman Sadur
Kaiser Permanente - Pleasanton Medical Offices
Department of Endocrinology
7601 Stoneridge Drive
Pleasanton, CA  94588
(925) 847-5050

>Family Medicine

Cynthia Gail Carmichael
North Richmond Center for Health
1501 Third St.
Richmond, CA  94801
(510) 374-7330

Gordon Lake
2921 McClure St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 763-4083

Stephen Sommer
Avenue Family Practice
4333 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 654-2494

Stephen J. Whitgob
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
2850 Telegraph Ave., Suite 120
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 883-9883

>Gastroenterology

Anmol S. Mahal
Medical Associates of Fremont
39225 State St.
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 794-1990

Cynthia Morton
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Gastroenterology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1282

Jed Ira Weissberg
The Permanente Federation
Ordway Building, 27th Floor Lakeside
1 Kaiser Plaza
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 271-6847

>Hand Surgery

Kendrick E. Lee
Webster Orthopaedic Medical Group
80 Grand Ave., Suite 400
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 238-1200

>Infectious Disease

Roger Baxter
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Infectious Diseases
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94610
(510) 752-1275

Susan J. Jacobson
Kaiser Fremont Medical Center
Department of Infectious Disease
39400 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 248-3363

W. Patrick Joseph
California Infection Control Consultants
5601 Norris Canyon Road, Suite 220
San Ramon, CA  94583
(925) 277-2050

Joseph B. Marzouk
Infectious Disease Specialist
350 30th St., Suite 511
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 874-1415

Roger T. Phelps
Infectious Disease Specialist
350 30th St., Suite 511
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 874-1415

>Internal Medicine (General)

Muni M. Barash
Washington Medical Group
2557 Mowry Ave., Suite 12
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 793-3722

Martin Braker
John Muir Medical Group
1455 Montego Way, Suite 207
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 937-4057

Brian Candell
1 Country Club Plaza
Orinda, CA  94563
(925) 254-3805

Michael Clement
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1190

W. Irving Johnson
418 30th St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 208-5100

John T. Jones
Associated Internal Medicine Medical Group
350 30th St., Suite 320
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 465-6700

Carolyn B. Klebanoff
3000 Colby St., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 848-7977

Eric Lipsitt
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1160

James L. Naughton
Alliance Medical Group
2160 Appian Way, Suite 200
Pinole, CA  94564
(510) 724-9110

Dean Nickles
Associated Internal Medicine Medical Group
350 30th St., Suite 320
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 465-6700

Maeve O’Regan
Walnut Creek Medical Group
1777 Oakland Blvd., Suite 103
Walnut Creek, CA  94956
(925) 947-0417

Mary Patton
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1190

Kashmira Ragi
Washington Hospital
Healthcare System
Department of Internal Medicine
740 Mowry Ave., Suite 102
Fremont, CA  94536
(510) 790-0530

Mark S. Reginato
1 Country Club Plaza
Orinda, CA  94563
(925) 254-3805

Andrew Ross
Internal Medicine Associates
of Berkeley
2500 Milvia St., Suite 214
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 843-8002

James R. Saunders
Oakland Medical Group
424 28th St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 452-4824

Kate Scannell
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Rheumatology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1125

Victor Silvestre
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
3801 Howe St.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1190

Leslie Tim
Associated Internal Medicine Medical Group
350 30th St., Suite 320
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 465-6700

Wilson Tse
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1190

Ted Tsukayama
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1190

Richard Robert Unger
Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center
Department of Adult Medicine
Medical Office Building,
Second Floor
1425 S. Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA  94596
(925) 295-4070

Susan Wakerlin
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Geriatric Medicine
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 675-5500

Joseph Young
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1190

>Medical Genetics

Ronald Bachman
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Genetics
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-6571

>Nephrology

Malcolm L. Karlinsky
East Bay Nephrology
2905 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 841-4525

Peter Lunny
1999 Mowry Ave., Suite R
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 745-8186

H. Evan Strong
1999 Mowry Ave., Suite R
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 745-8186

David T. Tay
1999 Mowry Ave., Suite R
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 745-8186

>Neurological Surgery

Sandeep Kunwar
39500 Mowry Ave., Suite 100
Fremont, CA  94538
(415) 353-7500

John G. Zovickian
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1749

>Neurology

Mark T. D’Esposito
University of California at Berkeley
Neuroscience Institute
132 Barker Hall
Berkeley, CA  94720
(510) 642-2593

Robyn G. Young
947 Marina Village Parkway
Alameda, CA  94501
(510) 748-5363

>Neurology, Child

Jean Hayward
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Neurology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1660

>Obstetrics & Gynecology

Edward M. Blumenstock
OBGYN Partners for Health
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 301
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 893-1700

Albert L. Brooks
Washington Hospital
Medical Staffing
2000 Mowry Ave.
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 795-2026

Ryszard (Richard) J. Chetkowski
Alta Bates In Vitro Fertilization Program
2999 Regent St., Suite 101A
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 649-0440

Ann Eastman
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1080

John B. Girard
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
12 Camino Encinas, Suite 15
Orinda, CA  94563
(925) 254-9000

Goldee H. Gross
OBGYN Partners for Health
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 301
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 893-1700

Thomas Lee Hambrick
OBGYN Partners for Health
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 301
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 893-1700

Janie D. Hirata
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
3779 Piedmont Ave., Third Floor
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1100

Risa Kagan
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2915 Telegraph Ave., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 845-8047

Katarina Lanner-Cusin
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2915 Telegraph Ave., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 845-8047

Christine Kim Lee
OBGYN Partners for Health
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 301
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 893-1700

Stuart Lovett
East Bay Perinatal Medical Associates
350 30th St., Suite 205
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-0790

Jim Hisao Nishimine
2507 Ashby Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 644-3000

James R. Sakamoto
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1080

David L. Walton
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
3779 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1100

Jonathan Weiss
East Bay Perinatal Medical Associates
350 30th St., Suite 208
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-0790

Kurt R. Wharton
970 Dewing Ave., Suite 201
Lafayette, CA  94549
(925) 962-0002

Eve F. Yalom
East Bay Perinatal Medical Associates
350 30th St., Suite 205
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-0790

>Ophthalmology

Kristina H. Austin
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Department of Eye Services
Building B
3553 Whipple Road
Union City, CA  94587
(510) 675-2020

Daniel A. Brinton
East Bay Retina Consultants
3300 Webster St., Suite 1110
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-1600

James N. Cohn
Washington Hospital Healthcare System
Department of Ophthalmology
38024 Martha Ave.
Fremont, CA  94536
(510) 791-2233

Stewart Daniels
Bay Area Retina Associates
122 La Casa Via, Suite 223
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 943-6800

David R. DeMartini
Northern California Cornea Associates
122 La Casa Via, Suite 222
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 947-0888

James Michael Lahey
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Department of Eye Services
Building B
3553 Whipple Road
Union City, CA  94587
(510) 675-2020

Ernest James Langham
491 30th St., Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94609
(510)-836-2122

Scott S. Lee
East Bay Retina Consultants
3300 Webster St., Suite 1110
Oakland, CA  94609
(510)-444-1600

Craig Leong
Bay Area Retina Associates
122 La Casa Via, Suite 223
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 943-6800

Eugene S. Lit
East Bay Retina Consultants
5401 Norris Canyon Road, Suite 200
San Ramon, CA  94583
(925) 867-9000

David W. Vastine
Northern California Cornea Associates
491 30th St., Suite 101
Oakland, CA  94609
(510)-444-0603

Allen Z. Verne
Bay Area Retina Associates
491 30th St., Suite 102
Oakland, CA  94609
(510)-832-6554

>Orthopedic Surgery

Robert A. Eppley
California Sports and Orthopaedic Institute
2999 Regent St., Suite 225
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 704-7760

Jerrald R. Goldman
Webster Orthopaedic Medical Group
80 Grand Ave., Suite 400
Oakland, CA  94612
(510)-238-1200

O. Barry McKinley
Berkeley Orthopaedic Medical Group
3010 Colby St., Suite 118
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510)-845-3856

Peter Slabaugh
Webster Orthopaedic Medical Group
80 Grand Ave., Suite 400
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 238-1200

Charles Randall Strotz
Berkeley Orthopaedic
Medical Group
3010 Colby St., Suite 118
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 845-3856

>Otolaryngology

Barry M. Rasgon
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Head and Neck Surgery Clinic
3779 Piedmont Ave., Ground Floor
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1115

Bruce James Rice
East Bay Head and Neck Surgery Group
2316 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 845-4500

>Pathology

Jerome S. Burke
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Department of Pathology
2450 Ashby Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 204-1642

Gregory Rumore
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Pathology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-6813

>Pediatric Anesthesiology

Maurine Heard
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Anesthesiology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3070

Kristen L. Johnson
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Anesthesiology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3070

Richard W. Rowe
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Anesthesiology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3070

>Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Olaf Reinhartz
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

>Pediatric Cardiology

Kishor Avasarala
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

Casey Culbertson
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

James Gregg Helton
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

Gregory H. Kurio
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

Kathleen Newkumet
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

Hitendra T. Patel
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

Howard Rosenfeld
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

Ziad Saba
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical
Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

>Pediatric Critical Care

Natalie Cvijanovich
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Division of Critical Care
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3710

Heidi Rosanna Flori
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Intensive Care Unit
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3710

Jorge A. Gutierrez Jr.
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Critical Care
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1080

James H. Hanson
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Intensive Care Unit
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3719

Vivienne Newman
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Division of Critical Care
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3000

Arup Roy-Burman
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Children’s Critical Care Medical Group
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3710

>Pediatric Developmental & Behavioral Problems

Brad D. Berman
Progressions Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
3021 Citrus Circle, Suite 240
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 279-3480

Renee C. Wachtel
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3351

>Pediatric Endocrinology

Suruchi Bhatia
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Endocrinology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3654

Susan C. Conrad
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Endocrinology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3654

Catherine A. Egli
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Endocrinology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3654

Yvette C. Fan
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
280 W. MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-6906

Soffia G. Jonasdottir
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Endocrinology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3654

Jennifer Ann Olson
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Endocrinology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3654

>Pediatric Gastroenterology

Elizabeth Gleghorn
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Gastroenterology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3058

>Pediatric Hematology Oncology

James H. Feusner
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Hematology and Oncology
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3372

Caroline Hastings
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Hematology and Oncology
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3372

Bertram H. Lubin
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Division of Hematology and Oncology
747 Fifty Second St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 450-7601

Elliott P. Vichinsky
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Hematology and Oncology
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3372

>Pediatric Infectious Disease

Parvin H. Azimi
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Infectious Diseases
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3336

Ann Petru
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Infectious Diseases
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3336


>Pediatric Nephrology

Barbara B. Botelho
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Division of Nephrology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3335

Sheldon Orloff
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Nephrology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-7813

>Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Dachling Pang
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Mosswood Building, 12th Floor
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1749

Peter Sun
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Children’s Neurosurgical Associates
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3319

John G. Zovickian
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1749

>Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Scott A. Hoffinger
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Orthopaedics
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3238

Todd L. Lincoln
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Orthopedics
Hospital Building, First Floor
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1155

>Pediatric Otolaryngology

Frederick Rosen
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Otorhinolaryngology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3000

>Pediatric Pulmonology

Karen Hardy
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Bay Area Pediatric Pulmonary
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3305

Nancy Church Lewis
UCSF Pediatric Specialties
2123 Ygnacio Valley Road,
Suite K100
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 280-8131

John C. McQuitty
Pediatric Pulmonary Center
2123 Ygnacio Valley Road,
Suite K100
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 280-8131

Gregory F. Shay
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-6906

>Pediatric Radiation Oncology

Patrick S. Swift
Alta Bates Comprehensive Cancer Center
2001 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 204-1244

>Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Karen Hardy
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Bay Area Pediatric Pulmonary
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3305

Nancy Church Lewis
UCSF Pediatric Specialties
2123 Ygnacio Valley Road,
Suite K100
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 280-8131

>Pediatric Specialist/Abused Children

James Edward Crawford
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Center for Child Protection
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3742

>Pediatric Specialist/Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine

Barbara Staggers
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Adolescent Medicine
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3387

>Pediatric Specialist/Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

David J. Durand
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Neonatology
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3276

>Pediatric Surgery

James M. Betts
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Surgical Associates
of the East Bay
Outpatient Center, Suite 4100
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3022

Karen C. Cartwright
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Surgical Associates
of the East Bay
Outpatient Center, Suite 4100
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3022

Olajire Idowu
Pediatric Surgical Associates
of the East Bay
744 52nd St., Suite 4100
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 547-1600

>Pediatric Thoracic Surgery

Olaf Reinhartz
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

>Pediatric Urology

James M. Betts
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Surgical Associates
of the East Bay
Outpatient Center, Suite 4100
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3022

>Pediatrics (General)

Myles B. Abbott
East Bay Pediatrics
2999 Regent St., Suite 325
Berkeley, CA  94705
(925) 254-9203

Arnold J. Blustein
1235 Harrison St.
San Leandro, CA  94577
(510) 352-2425

Patricia A. Chase
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Primary Care Services
5220 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA  94618
(510) 428-3226

James G. (Jim) Cuthbertson
Berkeley Pediatric Medical Group
1650 Walnut St.
Berkeley, CA  94709
(510) 848-2566

James R. Eitel
La Clinica de la Raza
Department of Pediatrics
3451 East 12th St.
Oakland, CA  94601
(510) 535-3500

Mika Hiramatsu
Castro Valley Pediatrics
20101 Lake Chabot Road, Suite B
Castro Valley, CA  94546
(510) 581-1446

Jane E. Hunter
Pediatric Medical Group
2320 Woolsey St., Suite 301
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 849-1744

Olivia Lang
Berkeley Pediatric Medical Group
1650 Walnut St.
Berkeley, CA  94709
(510) 848-2566

Richard L. Oken
East Bay Pediatrics
2999 Regent St., Suite 325
Berkeley, CA  94705
(925) 438-1100

Daniel L. Robbins
Lamorinda Pediatrics
930 Dewing Ave.
Lafayette, CA  94549
(925) 284-1800

Robin Winokur
Kiwi Pediatrics Medical Group
1744 Alcatraz Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94703
(510) 652-1720

>Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Robert Haining
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Rehabilitation
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3655

>Plastic Surgery

Michael G. Cedars
Alta Aesthetics Associates
3300 Webster St., Suite 1106
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 763-2662

Ronald E. Iverson
Plastic Surgery Center
1387 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA  94566
(925) 462-3700

Glen K. Lau
80 Grand Ave., Suite 810
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 451-6950

>Psychiatry

Janis Ann Baeuerlen
5335 College Ave., Suite 27
Oakland, CA  94618
(510) 653-9472

Gloria S. Burk
2702 Dana St.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 548-6583

Lee P. Grossman
5335 College Ave., Suite 27
Oakland, CA  94618
(510) 653-9435

Laura Beth Klein
2435 Russell St.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 644-9824

Jeanne Leventhal Alexander
The Alexander Foundation
For Women’s Health
1700 Shattuck Ave., Suite 329
Berkeley, CA  94709
(510) 527-3010

Maurice G. Marcus
560 Vincente Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94707
(510) 843-1393

Carolyn Wilson
2960 A Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 848-3250

Mitchell D. Wilson
2960 A Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 843-4660

>Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Gloria S. Burk
2702 Dana St.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 548-6583

Herbert A. Schreier
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Department of Psychiatry
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3571

>Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Glen W. Petersen
Berkeley Pulmonary Medical Group
2450 Ashby Ave., Suite 2736
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 204-1894

Ananse Taharka
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1282

>Radiation Oncology

Brenda M. Shank
Doctors Medical Center
J.C. Robinson, M.D. Regional Cancer Center
2000 Vale Road
San Pablo, CA  94806
(510) 970-5239

Patrick S. Swift
Alta Bates Comprehensive Cancer Center
2001 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 204-1244

>Radiology

Paul Radosevich
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Radiology
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-7573

>Rheumatology

Jonathan B. Ellman
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
2850 Telegraph Ave., Suite 120
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 845-2529

Brian R. Kaye
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
2850 Telegraph Ave., Suite 120
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 845-2529

C. Michael Neuwelt
East Bay Rheumatology
Medical Group
13851 East 14th St., Suite 301
San Leandro, CA  94578
(510) 357-1303

>Surgery

Ramsey A. Araj
Washington Hospital Healthcare System
Department of General Surgery
1900 Mowry Ave., Suite 404
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 797-1770

Lisa Bailey
2500 Milvia St., Suite 120
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 883-1095

Christopher M. Ceraldi
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Surgery
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-7064

William Dugoni
Washington Hospital Healthcare System
Department of General Surgery
1900 Mowry Ave., Suite 404
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 797-1770

John Thomas Mehigan
Bay Area Cardiovascular
Medical Group
39300 Civic Center Drive,
Suite 140
Fremont, CA  94538
(510) 791-1005

Kelly O’Neal
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Surgery
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1105

Steve Webster
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Surgery
280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-6405

>Thoracic Surgery

Alden H. Harken
Alameda County Medical Center
East Bay Surgery Program
1411 East 31st St.
Oakland, CA  94602
(510) 437-4091

>Urology

Robert W. Kindrachuk
NorCal Urology Medical Group
3300 Webster St., Suite 710
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 465-5800

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