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The East Bay's Best Doctors

180 Make the List

Saul Bromberger and Sandra Hoover

Who’s Who in Medicine
 

    The East Bay may be a medical Mecca, but finding a good doctor isn’t always easy. In an effort to help patients make informed medical decisions, Best Doctors (www.bestdoctors.com) regularly puts together a national list of physicians who have been deemed the best in their specialty area by their peers.
    Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School–affiliated physicians, Best Doctors says its goal is to give consumers information about specific diagnoses, the latest medical advances and where to receive state-of-the-art care. Every two years, Best Doctors polls doctors, asking, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” Only physicians identified by their peers in previous years as “best doctors” receive the Best Doctors survey.
    Out of 180 physicians named as the best doctors in the East Bay, we chose five outstanding physicians to profile. Each is a recognized leader in his field.
    Spanning a wide variety of specialties from allergy and immunology to child neurology and geriatrics, this list of local physicians serves as a guide for patients seeking some of the best medical specialists the area has to offer.

Dr. Hitendra Patel

Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Cardiology Medical Group, East Bay
Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland

     Growing up in Kenya, Patel went on to graduate from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, England, and completed pediatric residencies at Dudley Road Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children and Leeds General Infirmary, all in England. After moving to the United States, he completed a cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and became board certified in pediatric cardiology. At Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, Patel specializes in cardiac intensive care, and cardiac and interventional catheterization in both pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart disease. Patel, 46, was married last year and lives with his wife in Berkeley.

How has the field of pediatric cardiology changed?
    Over the past 26 years, the field of interventional cardiac catheterization has grown both in scope and complexity for infants and children who have been diagnosed with congenital heart disease. At most hospitals, including Children’s, interventional catheterization procedures outnumber purely diagnostic catheterizations. The main benefit of interventional catheterization is that it alleviates the need for cardiac surgery in many cases. Most patients go home the same day without the need for hospitalization.

Have your patient demographics also changed since you first started practicing medicine?
    The prevalence of obesity has increased drastically in recent years among children ages 2 to 19. It’s not unusual for me to see an 8-year-old who weighs over 200 pounds and suffers from high blood pressure. Childhood obesity has become a huge concern and can lead to health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and asthma. At Children’s, we are in the process of launching a preventative cardiology program. By utilizing our nutritionists, sports medicine staff, pediatricians and other physician specialists, we can encourage many of our young patients to adopt healthier eating habits and a regular exercise regimen.

What is your biggest challenge as a pediatric cardiologist?

    All parents expect their child to be born healthy, and it can be hard to learn your baby has a heart problem, sometimes a life-threatening condition, and needs to have surgery, or in some cases, multiple surgeries. In addition to ensuring that each child receives the best possible medical care, it’s my job to answer a family’s questions and make sure they understand the answers and the course of treatment.

What inspired you to become a doctor?

    I grew up in a small town in Kenya, and I remember three community physicians who were also friends of my family. They conducted house calls and their commitment to medicine inspired me to pursue my medical degree. The majority of my patients are 12 months old or younger, and it’s rewarding to practice at Children’s, where we provide care to all children regardless of their ability to pay.

Dr. David Walton

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center

    After finishing medical school at Boston University, Walton completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Hawaii. He then voluntarily enlisted in the United States Air Force and worked as a staff obstetrician and gynecologist at a small U.S. Air Force base in Northern Japan. After completing his three-year assignment, Walton and his family moved to Florida where he entered a maternal-fetal fellowship at the University of Miami. Upon completing the fellowship, he joined Kaiser Permanente in 1992. For the past 20 years, Walton has been an active member of the California Air National Guard. He also serves as chief of perinatology for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Walton, 53, lives in San Francisco with his wife and is the father of two daughters, 23 and 21.

How has your patient population changed over the years?

    We’re probably seeing twice as many older moms, and we’re also seeing more pregnant women who suffer from diabetes and hypertension. Many of our patients are very health-conscious, but we also see patients who suffer from obesity. This means bigger babies, making the delivery harder, and often leading to a C-section.

Has any new technology been introduced recently in the field of obstetrics and gynecology?
    Yes. Years ago, if a pregnant woman over 35 opted to have prenatal genetic testing (to determine if her fetus had chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome), she would have to undergo an amniocentesis. For the past year and a half, we’ve been using new technology that allows us to perform a high-resolution ultrasound, known as first-trimester screening, that measures nuchal translucency, a transparent space behind the fetus’ neck that’s temporarily visible in the first trimester. A widening of this space is linked to an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

Tell us about your work with the California Air National Guard.
    I train with the National Guard one weekend each month and go on deployments throughout the year. We were in Guatemala for two weeks in August on a medical mission where we saw numerous patients who lived in rural villages and had little or no access to medical care. We had a small, portable ultrasound machine and were able to take photos of fetuses for expectant moms, conduct exams and distribute items such as prenatal vitamins and Tylenol.
    It was an incredible experience. My primary role in the National Guard is serving as a physician to our flight teams.

If you could offer your patients one piece of health advice, what would it be?
    Start taking folic acid before you get pregnant. All women, especially younger women ages 18 to 24, need 400 micrograms of folic acid daily through fortified foods, supplements or both. In pregnant women, consuming folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects. My other piece of advice would be to do your best to attain a healthy lifestyle and get regular exercise. I take my own advice by biking to work two to three days a week.

Dr. Ted Tsukayama

Internal Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center

   After graduating from the University of California Berkeley, Tsukayama attended the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He started his internal medicine residency in 1982 at Kaiser’s Oakland Medical Center and never left. He serves as an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and lives in Oakland with his wife of 20 years and his three children ages 17, 15 and 12.

What do you enjoy the most about your practice?

    In internal medicine, you treat a variety of patients with different conditions, so every day is a different challenge. I enjoy helping my patients to make the right healthcare decisions to achieve the best possible outcomes. Since I live in Oakland, I often run into my patients around town at stores and restaurants. Even though Oakland is a big city, I often feel like a small-town doctor, and I enjoy that sense of community.

If you were to offer your patients one piece of health advice, what would it be?
    I tell my patients to develop a passion in their life. It’s hard to tell people to get out there and exercise, but if they have a passion like hiking or biking, then exercise doesn’t seem like a chore. I also tell people not to overeat. Many people have a problem adhering to specific diets, so I encourage my patients to eat the foods they like, just in moderation.

What has been your proudest accomplishment as a physician?
    I’ve been able to help a lot of patients and their families after they received a difficult diagnosis. It’s my job to sit down and counsel them about the consequences of different medications and procedures, to find out what their goals are, and help them go down the correct path as they make some hard decisions. There’s no greater compliment than having a family member request you as their doctor because of the difference you made in their loved one’s life.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work?
    I recently started biking to work, a distance of three and a half miles each way. I just turned 52 and I jokingly call this my “midlife crisis.” I like to spend as much time as possible with my family and to attend my kids’ soccer and baseball games and concerts. Childhood is so short that I want to enjoy as many special moments as possible in my kids’ lives.

Dr. Mark D’Esposito

Neurology
Director, Henry H. Wheeler Jr.
Brain Imaging Center, UC Berkeley
Neurologist, Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Center, Martinez

    D’Esposito grew up in New York City and earned his medical degree at the SUNY Health Sciences Center at
Syracuse. He completed his clinical training in neurology at the Boston University Medical Center. After residency training, he was awarded a Javits Fellowship to pursue research training at the Memory Disorders Research Center at Boston University and Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. In 1993, he was appointed assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he was also the chief of the cognitive neurology division. In 2000, he was recruited to the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology at the University of California Berkeley to become a professor of neuroscience and psychology, and the inaugural director of the newly created Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center. He is also a practicing neurologist at the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health System’s Medical Center in Martinez and an adjunct professor of neurology at the University of California San Francisco.
    In 2007, D’ Esposito was elected chairman of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping and president of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology. He lives in El Cerrito with his two children ages 13 and 9.

How has the scope of your practice changed over the years?
    Earlier in my career, my practice was predominantly patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Since arriving in California I have concentrated on neurorehabilitation, especially with patients who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

What has been your biggest challenge as a neurologist?
    My goal has always been to find effective treatments that help my patients. In my specialty, cognitive neurology, that means either pharmacological treatments or cognitive remediation treatments. I am actively involved in research for both types.

Can you tell us more about the research you’re currently conducting at UC Berkeley?
    My research focuses on investigating how the brain creates mental experiences such as forming memories and making decisions. My lab uses a brain imaging method called functional MRI to identify the brain regions and the course of brain activity. While traditional MRIs take a photo of the brain, they don’t tell us anything about cognitive function. A functional MRI can help us to track a patient’s recovery from brain injury and help us determine what therapies might work best. I also conduct research studies with patients who have suffered memory loss from stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease to further understand the brain mechanisms that underlie memory function. Finally, we are attempting to understand normal aging and why individuals become forgetful as they get older. We ultimately hope our findings will lead to earlier detection of neurologic disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Do you think researchers are close to discovering a cure for neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s?
    Absolutely. I think we are closer to finding cures for many neurological disorders, and I believe I will see cures in my lifetime for both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. We are already exploring ways to detect Alzheimer’s earlier with functional MRIs. If we can begin treating patients before they become symptomatic, we could stop the progression of the disease until a cure is found.
    If you or a family member suffers from a neurological condition and would like to participate in one of Dr. D’ Esposito’s clinical research studies at UC Berkeley, please contact Donatella Scabini, patient coordinator, at (510) 643-6660.

Dr. Katie Rodan

Dermatology
Alta Aesthetic Associates, Oakland

    Rodan, 53, was born in Southern California and received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Virginia, and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. She completed her internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and her residency in dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she was appointed chief resident.
    A world-recognized expert in her field, Rodan is the co-developer of the Proactiv Solution, a three-step acne management system, and the Rodan and Fields line of skin-care products developed with her business partner, Dr. Kathy Fields, a San Francisco dermatologist. Rodan has a private practice in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology in Oakland. She is the mother of two daughters, 22 and 19, and resides in the Oakland area with her husband.

How has the field of dermatology evolved?

    I used to treat a lot of women and teens suffering from acne. When I moved my office from Fremont to Oakland eight years ago, I began practicing cosmetic dermatology. My clients are women, primarily in their 40s to 60s, who want to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. Some of my more popular anti-aging procedures include Botox, a cosmetic injection for frown lines, and Restylane, a cosmetic dermal filler. We also use lasers to treat patients who have redness, wrinkles and broken facial capillaries.

So is 60 really the new 40, and have society’s views on aging changed over the years?

    Absolutely. I look back at what 60 looked like in the media when I was a child, and I remember images of Granny Clampett from The Beverly Hillbillies and Aunt Bee from The Andy Griffith Show. Today’s images of 60 are vital, beautiful women like Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon who are still in the game. Both of my parents are in their 80s and continue to work full time. The last thing I want to think about is retirement—my job is my youth pill.

Your Proactiv Solution, which debuted in 1995, has helped a lot of people effectively fight acne. How did the idea for Proactiv come to fruition?
    I suffered from acne as a teenager, and I know how the condition affects a person’s self-esteem and confidence. My colleague, Dr. Kathy Fields, and I saw a huge hole in the way that acne was being treated. Oral antibiotics used to be one of the only ways to prevent acne, but they aren’t the best solution for long-term use. We weren’t looking to create a big business. We just wanted to create a product that would help treat and
prevent acne in people of all ages.

Are you in the process of developing any new skin-care products?

    Dr. Fields and I hope to be to skin care what Dr. Scholl is to the podiatry field. We are developing many new products that effectively treat common dermatologic conditions and are tackling problems such as sun damage with our new Reverse product line. We also recently made our products available through independent consultants as opposed to being sold in retail stores. We’re excited to offer women the opportunity to work from home and be their own boss.

The East Bay's Best Doctors

>Allergy and 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 2785
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 204-1691

Ralph Brindis
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
280 West 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 Terry
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
365 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 452-1345

>Colon and Rectal Surgery

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

>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 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1282

>Dermatology

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

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

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

>Endocrinology and Metabolism

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

>Family Medicine

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

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

John J. Smucny
Castro Valley Primary Care
20130 Lake Chabot Road, Suite 201
Castro Valley, CA  94546
(510) 728-8000

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.,vSuite 120
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 883-9883

>Gastroenterology

Cynthia Morton
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Gastroenterology
280 West 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 OrthopaedicvMedical 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 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1275

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 and HIV Specialist
350 30th St., Suite 511
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 874-1415

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

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

>Internal Medicine

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

Michael Clement
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Infectious Diseases
280 West 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 West 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  94596
(925) 947-0417

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

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 Internal Medicine
280 West 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 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1190

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

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

>Medical Genetics

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

>Nephrology

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

>Neurological Surgery

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

>Neurology

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

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

>Obstetrics and Gynecology

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

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 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1080

John B. Girard
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA  94563
(510) 204-8180

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 208
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-0790

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

David L. Walton
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
3779 Piedmont Ave., Third Floor
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 208
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-0790

>Ophthalmology

Daniel A. Brinton
East Bay Retina Consultants
3300 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-1600

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

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

Scott S. Lee
East Bay Retina Consultants
3300 Telegraph Ave.
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
3300 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 444-1600

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

>Orthopaedic 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
Division of Pathology
280 West 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.,Suite 220
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

James Gregg Helton
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical Group - East Bay
747 52nd St.,Suite 220
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3380

Gregory H. Kurio
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Pediatric Cardiology Medical Group - East Bay
747 52nd St., Suite 220
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., Suite 220
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
Division of Critical Care
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3710

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

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

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

Rama Devi Pullela
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Pediatric Critical Care Unit
280 West MacArthur Blvd., 10th Floor
Oakland, CA  94611

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

>Pediatric Developmental and 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
15250 Hesperian Blvd, Suite 100
San Leandro CA 94578
(510) 276-6121

>Pediatric Endocrinology

Suruchi Bhatia
California Pacific Medical Center
Pediatric Specialty Office
3000 Colby St., Suite 205
Berkeley, CA  94705
(415) 600-0770

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

Catherine A. Egli
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Mosswood Building, 12th Floor
280 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-7813

Yvette C. Fan
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
280 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-7813

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 52nd 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
Division of Infectious Diseases
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3336

Ann Petru
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Division 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 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-7813

>Pediatric Neurological Surgery

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

>Pediatric Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedics
Hospital Building, First Floor
280 West 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) 428-3233

>Pediatric Pulmonology

Karen Hardy
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Bay Area Pediatric Pulmonary
747 52nd St.
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 428-3209

John C. McQuitty
Pediatric Pulmonary Center
2123 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite K-100
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 280-8131

Gregory F. Shay
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology
280 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-7098

>Pediatric Radiation Oncology

Patrick S. Swift
Alta Bates Summit 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) 428-3209

>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 and 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/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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

> 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 Specialist/ Neurology, General

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

> Pediatric Surgery

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

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

>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
744 52nd St., Suite 4100
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 Medical Group
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
3300 Webster St., Suite 1106
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 763-2662

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

>Psychiatry

Janis Ann Baeuerlen
2702 Dana St.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 666-0563

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

Jeanne L. 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 Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 843-4660

>Pulmonary 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 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 752-1282

>Radiation Oncology

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

>Radiology

Paul Radosevich
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Radiology
280 West 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) 204-8120

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

Lisa Bailey
Bay Area Breast Surgeons
3300 Webster St., Suite 212
Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 835-9900

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

>Thoracic Surgery

Alden H. Harken
Alameda County Medical Center
East Bay Surgery Program
1411 E. 31st St.
Oakland, CA  94602
(510) 437-8500

>Urology

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

>Vascular Surgery

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

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