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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Family Medicine Residency Faculty

CCRMC residency program has over 50 faculty members that are directly involved with resident teaching. The faculty shown below are a selection of the eclectic group of teachers representing many disciplines throughout the residency program.

Program faculty are full-time employees of Contra Costa County. Our staff model of hiring allows maximal teaching and avoids conflicts observed when faculty salaries are largely derived from patient care revenues.

  • 50 faculty teach residents at least one half-day per week.
  • Each service has "registrars" - most are Family Physicians with additional training and experience such that they function as another specialist, whether OB, pediatrics, intensive care or surgery.
  • Registrar system allows for teaching always through the eyes of a family physician.
  • Simultaneously, the resident gets "expert" knowledge through the eyes of the "specialist."
  • Faculty is culturally diverse.

Kristin Moeller, MD
Program Director

Originally from the East coast, I attended medical school at Tulane and came to Contra Costa for residency training. I'm still here almost 20 years later because I love the people, the place, and the mission. Social justice and working toward greater inclusion, diversity, equity and allyship are important to me and underscore my approach to medicine, health and education. I am privileged to be a family physician and I believe my purpose is to care for some of the most vulnerable people in our population.

Investing time and energy into the health and vitality of our communities is an essential investment in the future of our nation. Providing a broad range of services, including reproductive health and integrative medicine are important to me as a family doctor. I have worked primarily in the hospital for many years and am now re-expanding my practice into ambulatory care. I have been teaching residents for 15 years and love being at the helm of our residency program and guiding us into the future.

Brian Johnson, MD
Associate Program Director, Residency Leadership Group
Inpatient Medicine Services
Director of the UCSF Northern California Faculty Development Fellowship

A native of Seattle, Washington, and graduate of UW School of Medicine, I did my training at the University of New Mexico, completing my family medicine residency in 2009. In 2010, I joined CCRMC where I have had the great opportunity to work with and train our dynamite residents. My broader interests in medicine include Global Health and Health Professional Education. I joined the Residency Leadership Group in 2011 and became the Associate Program Director in 2013. I also have an interest in Faculty Development and help direct the UCSF FM Faculty Development Fellowship. Beyond CCRMC, my wife and I spend our time chasing our daughter, Ezzie, who spends her days getting into trouble and making us laugh. Cassie, our elderly lab, fills out the family, and keeps us happy leading us on slow walks around the neighborhood.

Ne (Melissa) Ferguson, MD
Core Faculty
Department of Hospital Medicine

I grew up in Southern California and came back to the west coast for residency at Contra Costa (by way of the Indiana, Washington DC, Chile, Peru, New York City and Chicago). Here, I found like-minded individuals passionate about providing excellent care for underserved communities and have stayed ever since. I primarily work with residents as an inpatient registrar and am part of the core faculty for the residency. Finding a good work environment is always about being surrounded by those that challenge and inspire you... I’m lucky to feel that way on a consistent basis at CCRMC. Outside of work, my husband and I (a fellow CCRMC alum) try to get outside as much as possible and experience the diverse cuisine, music and neighborhoods the bay area has to offer.

Sarah McNeil, MD
Core Faculty
Labor and Delivery
Reproductive Health

Like many CCRMC folks, I grew up on the East Coast, came out here for a Sub-I, and now, will likely never leave! My path actually wasn't that straight forward. The only thing I really loved about medical school was my involvement in Medical Students for Choice where I was drawn to the awesome mix of primary care, social justice, and public health. I applied to both OB/Gyn and Family Medicine, but kept on coming back to the fact that family docs are just "my people." I'm so happy to report that this philosophy has served me well; this place is full of "my people." Since graduating in 2012, I stayed on as faculty - teaching residents at Planned Parenthood, on OB, and in Family Medicine Clinic. I couldn't ask for a better job!

Daniel Moring-Parris, MD
Core Faculty, Director of Family Medicine Clinic Education
Primary Care Family Medicine
HIV Medicine

I grew up in slightly upstate New York, studied classics in New Mexico and then switched gears and went to medical school at SUNY Buffalo. After finishing my training at the Stanford-O'Connor Family Medicine Residency program I arrived at CCRMC with my wonderful wife who is an OB/GYN here. I am lucky to have been mentored in HIV medicine here at CCRMC and enjoy being able to combine my interests in addiction medicine, behavioral health, HIV and HCV treatment, outpatient procedural medicine and primary care. I am perpetually humbled by our incredible residents, fascinating patients and truly dedicated staff who strive to offer the best possible care to those most in need. In addition to clinical work and medical education I love getting out into California's glorious opens spaces to run, hike, bike, ski and climb.

Tai Roe, MD PhD
CCRMC Medical Staff President
Core Faculty
Family Medicine Department

Though my childhood dream was to become a cosmologist, my work interests have progressively become more down to earth, transforming from the theoretical to the immediately practical, i.e. teaching, patient care, and leadership. I studied physics at Harvard then got a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Stanford. After three years as a postdoctoral fellow doing genetics research, I switched gears and became a doctor, graduating from medical school at Washington University. I completed my residency here in 2005 and have stayed here ever since. From 2010 - 2018, I was Associate Program Director of the Residency, then chair of the Family Medicine Department, then Medical Staff President. I am now core faculty.

Outside of work, my beautiful wife and son (born in 2008) are the center of my life. Hobbies include running, singing, board games, reading and listening to books, and watching lectures on all topics (including, of course, cosmology).

Leah Romito, MD
Core Faculty
Department of Family Medicine

Although I grew up in sunny Southern California, for a change of scenery I moved to the East Coast for college, a masters degree, and ultimately medical school at Boston University. After working in various underserved communities in Boston and training at a hospital that champions Exceptional Care Without Exception, I was looking for a family medicine program to reflect that mission. When I rotated at Contra Costa as a medical student, I knew I found my place and my people. I stayed on as faculty after I graduated in 2014 and in addition to outpatient clinic, educating residents has become a passion of mine. Outside of CCRMC, my husband, two kids, dog and I love to go on hikes and play in the water (while the cat gets to rule to roost at home!).

Fred Adler, MD
Assistant Program Director, Residency Leadership Group
Emergency Department

I came to Contra Costa in 2008 after many years of rural practice in Humboldt County and two years in Nicaragua in the early 1990's doing clinical teaching in the city of León. I am a graduate of the Merced Family Medicine Residency and of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. At this stage of my medical career, my passion is clinical teaching and the style of teaching here is very congenial. We attract a great group of residents who are a pleasure to work with. I have been an Emergency Medicine Registrar since 2008 and member of the Residency Leadership Group and Associate Director of the Residency Program since 2011. After many years away from academic medicine it has been fascinating and satisfying to try and meet the challenges of this leadership role. I am a musician, pianist and composer of what for lack of a better expression can be called "modern classical" music. I am fortunate to have excellent collaborators in the Bay Area with whom to work on my music. I have two adult children who both live in the Bay Area, whose company I enjoy and whose activities inspire me.

Aneela Ahmed, MD
Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatry

I am a Geriatric Psychiatrist at CCRMC, the place I love. I graduated from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan and completed my Psychiatry residency and Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at a renowned geriatrics program at UTSW in Dallas, Texas in 1999. I started my career at CCRMC in August 1999, thinking I would move to another job in CA soon thereafter. But almost 15 years later, I am still at CCRMC. I have great passion to serve the elderly in Contra Costa County. I love my job. What also keeps me so interested in CCRMC is the Family Practice Residency program. I am very lucky to work with dedicated, motivated, intelligent, empathic residents. Every day, I learn something from them. I enjoy teaching and interacting with residents - having fun, seeing patients with them and igniting a passion to care for the elderly. I am very lucky to be part of this strong residency program. In my fifteen years here, I have seen many residents bloom into extraordinary faculty members.

Karen Alingog, MD
Assistant Program Director, Residency Leadership Group
Outpatient Family Medicine

I completed my Family Medicine residency training at CCRMC in 2008. In 2009, I started precepting at Pittsburg Health Center and have enjoyed tremendously the opportunity to work closely with our amazing residents. I then joined the Residency Leadership Group (RLG) in 2010 and have learned various leadership, communication & interpersonal skills. I am currently the co-chair of the Ambulatory Curricular Group and in July 2011, became one of the Assistant Program Directors with a focus on faculty and resident development and support. I love spending time with family & friends, especially with my husband and my young son. I enjoy reading, dancing, hiking and became a certified instructor for women's kickboxing last year.

Vijay Bhandari, MD

I went to the UC-Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program, then did my residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF, where I graduated in 2008. I've been at CCRMC ever since, and I can't imagine working anywhere else! What drew me to CCRMC was the incredible sense of warmth and comradery, the vulnerable yet resilient patients we serve, and my passion for teaching. Ever since my involvement with Teach For America (Corps year '97), I knew I wanted teaching to be at the core of my job as a physician, and I love how our extraordinary residents keep me on my toes. I work in the hospitalist group at CCRMC, Internal Medicine clinic at the Concord Health Center, and Endocrinology clinic at the Pittsburgh Health Center. Outside of work, I love going on adventures with my wife, Melanie, and our 2 children, Thomas and Sage.

Judy Bliss, MD
Chief, OB/Gyn Department
HIV Medicine

I have been at CCRMC since 1989 working primarily in obstetrics, gynecology, and HIV medicine. I enjoy working all the time, especially with the residents delivering babies. I have spent time recently working in Indonesia and Tanzania and I support the residents spending time overseas during residency. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my colleagues – we recently did the John Muir Trail.

Angela Tambunting Echiverri, MD, MPH
Lead Preceptor
Outpatient Family Medicine

I came to Contra Costa in 2015 and serve as a family medicine physician at North Richmond, and faculty with a passion and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; community engagement; and strengthening health career pathways. I have grounded my work in urban under-resourced communities in various capacities, including pediatric literacy programming at the Venice Family Clinic, African American health disparities research at Charles Drew University, policy and advocacy on health workforce diversity at Greenlining Institute. I completed my MPH at Johns Hopkins in social behavioral sciences, graduated from UCSF School of Medicine’s PRIME Urban Underserved, trained in Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, and am a 2018 Health Equity Fellow at George Washington University. I enjoy exploring Bay Area neighborhoods and local arts and food scene; disrupting racism and advocating for equity, justice, and diversity; supporting local artists; and spending time with my family and partner.

Stuart Forman, MD
Medical Director of the ICU
Inpatient Family Medicine Surgery Service

Stuart Forman graduated from the CCRMC Family Medicine Residency in 1993 and never left. Before his daughter was born he did everything from C-sections to debriding gunshot wounds, but he's settled down since and now is the Medical Director of the ICU. He also is a part time Gastroenterology Registrar doing full spectrum GI procedures and is a Family Medicine Surgery Registrar. His special interests are procedural medicine, including ultrasound, and critical care medicine. He is the founder of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Hospital Medicine and Procedural Training, and has published two articles on procedural training in Family Medicine residencies in the Family Medicine Journal. A geek in every sense of the word, he is an avid amateur astronomer and he knows his way around a 20-sided die.

Kim Haglund, MD
Inpatient Family Medicine Surgery Service
Inpatient Informatics

I went to University of Michigan for medical school and have been at CCRMC since 2001. I started as an attending in the Surgery Department after graduating in 2004. After doing full-spectrum Family Practice and inpatient Family Medicine Surgery Service for 8 years, I gave up my family practice clinic to take on my half-time Inpatient Informatics role in February 2013. In that role, I focus on tweaking ccLink, our electronic health record (Epic-based), so that review of patient information and workflows for hospital staff are as streamlined as possible. I still do a lot of inpatient clinical work and have a special interest in wound care. If you want to learn how to do a toe amputation, I can teach you. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time in the summer up in the mountains with my dog and friends.

Patty Hennigan, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Director of Behavioral Medicine

Born and raised in Virginia, I came to Contra Costa as a psychology intern in 1993 and ended my internship year thinking it would be my dream job to work here some day. After working with Berkeley Primary Care and the Berkeley Mobile Crisis and Homeless Outreach Teams, I was thrilled to return to Contra Costa in 2001. I love working with the underserved and with such talented and dedicated Family Medicine faculty and residents. My clinical interests are in community and health psychology, integrative medicine, and motivational interviewing. I specialize in working with chronic pain patients. I love teaching residents Behavioral Medicine and supporting their well-being and growth throughout residency. Outside of work, I enjoy time with my husband and 14 year old son, friends, reading, travel, and cheering on the Warriors and Giants.

Estela Hernandez, MD
Emergency Department

I attended UC Davis School of Medicine, did a sub-I in medicine at what was then Merrithew Hospital, fell in love with this place and the patient population and continue to feel at home. I completed my residency in 2001 and joined the Emergency Department full time while still doing my clinic and monthly shifts in Labor and Delivery. After much deliberation, I now only work in the ED where I continue to enjoy working for and with our underserved patients. I love the hands on learning, speaking Spanish large part of my day, and teaching residents. My other passion is working with the residency program to recruit and retain a more diverse resident cohort. I love spending time with family and friends, especially my two young kids, Cristian and Camila. I also enjoy dancing, cooking, and running with my German Shepard, Lulu."

Neil Jayasekera, MD
Residency Leadership Group
Global Health Fellowship Director
Emergency Department

I was hooked on Contra Costa after I did a surgery Sub-I. I finished my residency in Family Medicine at Contra Costa in 1997 and I have never left home. As an Attending in the Emergency Department, I enjoy teaching residents evidence based medicine, procedural skills, principles of Global Health and bedside, point-of-care ultrasound. I am the Global Health and Ultrasound Director for the Residency. (See our Global Health page on the Residency website). Outside of work, I enjoy austere/disaster medicine and I have been an expedition doctor for the Juneau Ice field Research Program as well as a long term member of Oakland FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, Fremont Disaster Medical Team, and Relief International. As a physician member of these disaster medical teams I have been deployed to hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and other disasters both nationally and internationally. I believe in community service and I am the Team Leader of the Contra Costa Medical Reserve Corps. My training at Contra Costa has been perfect for doing all of the above!! My biggest joy in life is my family and I love to hang out with my beautiful wife, Leah, and my two girls, Sophia and Audrey. I relax and find solice in pretty much anything that gets me outdoors with my family.

Tom McCoy, DO
Chief, Emergency Department

Dr. McCoy is a native Californian who had the pleasure of growing up in a small Midwestern town of 4000 people before eventually finding his way back home to the West Coast. Dr. McCoy completed his residency training at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center where he is the current Chief of the Emergency Department. He continues to play an active role in residency training and teaches point of care ultrasound courses to both residents and attending physicians. When not working, Dr. McCoy enjoys fly fishing, camping and spending time with his beautiful wife, two amazing children and lovable dog.

Jamie Pehling, MD
Outpatient Family Medicine
HIV Medicine

Jamie Pehling graduated from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program in 2003 and was a resident at CCRMC from 2003 to 2006. Since then he has practiced family and HIV medicine at Richmond Health Center, which is now the West County Health Center. He serves on the Residency Leadership Group Selection Committee and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees. His interests include health informatics, science fiction, and sustainable living.

Lisa Rodelo, MD

Hi! I graduated this residency program in 2013 and then joined the OB/GYN department afterwards, where I really enjoy teaching the residents and fostering a sense of pride and joy in their work with pregnant and laboring women. I also work in Addiction Medicine, and have developed an interest in working with moms who struggle with substance use disorders. Finally, I also enjoy rounding on the inpatient medicine service every so often to keep up my hospitalist skills. My favorite job, however, is being a mama to an energetic toddler and a wife to an extremely supportive and loving husband.

Michel Sam, MD MS
Lead Preceptor
Outpatient Family Medicine

Before pursuing a medical career, I spent several years designing prosthetic feet for landmine survivors in low-income countries. I then graduated from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program in 2008 and came to CCRMC for residency because I knew it would give me the best training to work with the underserved. I have loved working here ever since. I became a lead preceptor in 2013 and greatly enjoy teaching our stellar residents. I am also appreciative of the breadth of opportunities that CCRMC offers: in addition to a very diverse family practice panel at West County Health Center, I also provide outpatient minor procedures and work in South East Asian language clinics. Outside of work I treasure spending time with my beautiful wife and beautiful baby (who was born at our hospital), as well as surfing, windsurfing, or snowboarding.

Jessica Selvin, PsyD
Clinical Psychology, Residency Leadership Group

I am a Clinical Psychologist, born and raised in the Bay Area with a strong interest in underserved populations. At CCRMC, I help our talented residents to provide thoughtful care to all of their patients. I am also concerned with resident well-being and hope to help them with all the joys and challenges of residency. I enjoy music and reading novels as well as baking (sometimes for the residents!).

Alan Siegel, MD
Lead Preceptor
Outpatient Family Medicine

I have been at Contra Costa since 1999 after training at University of Virginia. I have been involved with resident education and teaching, faculty development, and med staff education. Presently, I am a Lead Preceptor, helping to oversee outpatient resident education and our UCSF medical student program. I also lead our Art of Health and Healing program, bringing the arts into our healthcare system. When not at work, I help keep up with my amazing toddler. I've also have been leading a band as the guitarist over the last 5 years.

Sergio Urcuyo, MD
Chief of Inpatient Division, Inpatient Medicine Service

The path leading me here was a bit circuitous. I studied business economics and accounting before working as a business and technology consultant. Then a case of appendicitis and a sense that I was meant for something more meaningful pulled me into medicine. I spent much of medical school intending on becoming a surgeon of some sort, but ultimately, I was drawn to the broad scope and close interpersonal connections that Family Medicine fosters. And then I found CCRMC, which is where I found so many others who feel like I do: that everyone deserves excellent healthcare. Here, I learned how to take care of patients in many different arenas, and I learned that some training and a can-do attitude gets you a long way in this field. I stayed on after residency to teach on the inpatient services where I enjoy working with residents and honing my hospital and critical care skills. In my spare time I enjoy running, skiing, music, and spending time with my friends and family.

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