Patrick Dowling, MD: Department Chairman, Kaiser Professor of Community Medicine
Patrick T. Dowling, MD, MPH has been Professor and Chair of the UCLA Dept. of Family Medicine since 1998. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio and the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago under Jorge Prieto, MD and Michael Stocker, MD. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Prior to joining UCLA in 1998, Dr. Dowling directed Family Medicine Residency training programs at Cook County Hospital, Brown University in Rhode Island and at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has served on the National Advisory Council of the National Health Service Corps, as a Commissioner of Public Health for LA County and is presently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Drew University of Medicine and Science in South-Central LA. His professional interests involve linking graduate medical education to underserved communities as a means to improve access and reduce health outcomes disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. Further, his research interests include chronic disease management cross cultural and bi-national medicine and the integration of substance abuse treatment programs within primary care. He is presently involved in an innovative program to prepare bilingual (English-Spanish) International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to become eligible for licensure and residency training in California. He has believed that health care is a unique social goal and basic right since serving as Medical Director of the United Farm Workers Clinics (UFW) under Cesar Chavez in California’s Coachella and Imperial valleys.
Denise Sur, MD: Department Vice Chairman, Residency Director
Dr. Sur received her BA from UC Berkeley in Biology and her MD from UC Davis. After teaching for the family medicine residency at UMass, Dr. Sur joined the family medicine faculty at UCLA in 1991 where she now directs the family medicine residency and teaches UCLA medical students in multiple venues. Her areas of academic and clinical interest include immunizations in primary care, women’s health, and care of underserved patients. Her personal interests include balancing her life as a wife and mother of four with her professional interests
Daniel Lee, MD, MA: Clinical Professor, Associate Program Director
Dr. Lee is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has been on the full-time faculty of the UCLA-Santa Monica Family Medicine Residency Program since 1994. Dr. Lee graduated from Baylor University with a BS in Physical Education in 1987 and he received his medical degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in 1991. He completed his residency training at the UCLA-Santa Monica Family Medicine Residency Program in 1994. Additionally, Dr. Lee obtained a MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University in 2002. In addition to practicing and teaching the full-scope of Family Medicine to residents and medical students, Dr. Lee also holds several other positions at UCLA. He is the Associate Director of the Primary Care College for the 4th year medical students at UCLA. He is a member of the Ambulatory Practice Clinical Associates. He is also the faculty advisor for the Family Medicine Interest Group at the medical school. Dr. Lee is also a long-standing member of the Pharmacy, Therapeutics, and Nutrition Committee at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital and a member of the Executive Medical Board. Dr. Lee has published numerous articles in primary care journals and textbooks. Furthermore, he occasionally does manuscript reviews for the American Family Physician journal and serves as an expert reviewer for the Medical Board of California. Dr. Lee is a long-standing volunteer attending at the Venice Family Clinic. He enjoys playing tennis. He also coaches his son’s basketball and his daughter’s soccer teams. He guest speaks at various churches around Los Angeles whenever he has a chance.
Arthur Ohannessian, MD: HS Assistant Clinical Professor, Associate Program Director
Dr. Arthur “Art” Ohannessian is a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA and Associate Program Director for the UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Ohannessian obtained his medical degree from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine in 2008. He completed his specialty training in Family Medicine at UCLA and subsequently joined the UCLA Family Medicine Residency Core Faculty in 2011. He serves as the Site Director and Lead Physician for the UCLA Family Medicine Clinic at the Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center in Van Nuys, CA. He is a full-time clinician and educator who practices full spectrum Family Medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, including obstetric care. He is active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and has served in multiple leadership roles at the state and national level. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Chapter of the AAFP and is a member of the National AAFP Commission on Education. His academic interests include providing primary care services to underserved communities and developing healthcare related legislative policy. He is actively engaged in community advocacy through service projects at UCLA and is the Director of Project H.E.A.L (Health Education and Leadership) at UCLA. During his free time Dr. Ohannessian enjoys playing basketball, attending live concerts, and a devout supporter of UCLA Athletics."
Anne Arikian, MD
I attended Tulane University School of Medicine after obtaining my B.S. degree at UCLA. I zeroed in on primary care during my 3rd year clerkships because I loved the idea of treating the whole individual rather than being relegated to a single organ system. Family Medicine spoke to me in part because I loved OB/Gyn and Pediatrics and didn’t want to give either up. When applying for residency programs, I knew I wanted to work with the underserved because of my own background living in poverty. I completed my residency training and faculty development fellowship at Harbor-UCLA before working at Venice Family Clinic for over 10 years. In 2011 I joined the faculty at the UCLA Family Medicine Program. I’m enjoying the return to academics and the stimulating environment working with talented residents and faculty. Here the patients are as diverse as they come, ranging from well-adult professionals from the UCLA campus community, to homeless, drug-addicts battling two different cancers (yes, I saw one of those yesterday!). In the clinic, there are amazing opportunities to learn the spectrum of office procedures, and there’s a wonderful sports medicine program on-site. We also have unique access to on-site cardiology, as well as pain and palliative care specialists and an addiction medicine team. I think the program does a great job at teaching the core competencies of primary care while also taking advantage of the rich resources of the UCLA Health System.
I work part-time (60%), so that I can spend more time with my neurologist husband (Rick), and our three children, Max (7), Sam (4) and Katie (2). I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and Santa Monica has THE best climate in the world, and is just about the nicest place I can think of to live. (OK, the traffic is horrific, but as long as you live and work on the Westside, it’s not too bad.) Pre-kids Rick and I had lots of interests, including travel, hiking and eco-mindedness. For now, we are pretty much just interested in our kids and work!
Michelle Anne Bholat, MD, MPH: Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Dr. Bholat is the first Latina vice-chair of the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, Professor of Family Medicine and a graduate of the UC Irvine College of Medicine and the UCLA School of Public Health. In addition, she serves as the Public Health Commissioner for the 4th Supervisory District in LA County and received the LA County Department of Health Services Recognition of Service Award for “Excellent Leadership and Tremendous Dedication to Our Community and Patients.” With her interest in professional education and leadership, physician workforce and health care delivery systems for underserved and vulnerable populations, she serves as the Executive Director of the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program. She maintains her strong advocacy role supporting US born minority students and is an active member of the bipartisan National Hispanic Medical Association.
In addition to her medical education leadership role, she has led and organized physician colleagues with a wide range of specialties – addiction medicine, cardiology, diabetes care, emergency medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pain and palliative medicine and psychology, to work together to transform LA County’s current health care system to the underserved and vulnerable populations utilizing the Chronic Care Model as well as concepts of the Patient Centered Medical Home.
Neha D. Chande, MD, MHS
Dr. Chande joined the UCLA Department of Family Medicine as a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in 2016. She has completed her residency in Family Medicine and fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Population Health at UCLA. Her clinical interests include practicing full-spectrum inpatient and outpatient Family Medicine, providing care to underserved communities, preventive medicine including provision of vaccines, public health, and global health. She also enjoys teaching residents and medical students in the clinical setting. In addition to attending and practicing in the department’s University Family Health Center and Mid Valley Comprehensive Health Center, Dr. Chande is also on staff at the recently re-opened Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South-Central Los Angeles. Prior to arriving at UCLA, she attended the University of California, Berkeley where she earned her BA in Public Health after which she completed her Masters degree in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her medical training at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA, where she participated in a program focusing on primary care in underserved communities. In her free time, she loves reading novels, getting outdoors, finding the perfect brunch place, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Yohualli Balderas-Medina Anaya, MD, MPH
Dr. Yohualli Balderas-Medina Anaya immigrated to Southern California from Mexico at the age of four. Her background has deeply shaped her goals as a physician. She is passionate about improving the health and healthcare of underserved and marginalized communities by 1) utilizing innovative public health programs, advocacy, and public policy and 2) diversifying the physician workforce.
Lauren Irizarry, MD
Dr. Irizarry joined the UCLA Department of Family Medicine as faculty in 2016. She grew up on the east coast and graduated with a BA in biology from Swarthmore College, where she developed a passion for social justice and care for the underserved. After college, she slowly worked her way west, moving first to Chicago where she worked in health services research and subsequently obtained her MD from Northwestern University. After deciding on a career in family medicine, she was thrilled to end up at the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, where she completed her internship and residency. Clinically her interests include care for the underserved, global heath, women’s health and teaching. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, Zumba, cooking, traveling and spending time with friends and family!
Lillian Gelberg, MD: Professor and Director of Research
Dr. Gelberg is a family physician, health services researcher, and professor in UCLA’s Department of Family Medicine and School of Public Health. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, co-director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, and associate director of the UCLA Primary Care Research Fellowship. Her current research focuses on clinical trials to promote healthy lifestyle change in low income populations using leading behavior change methodologies supported by wireless technology. Over the past 2 decades, Dr. Gelberg has conducted community-based health services research to improve the health of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, and has developed the art and science of collecting data under the most difficult field conditions, including the shelters, meal programs, parks, streets, and busy community health centers of Los Angeles County. Dr. Gelberg has served as PI or Co-PI of more than 25 NIH funded grants, and has published over 100 articles and book chapters. She received the Academy Health 1995 Young Investigator Award and 1997 Article of the Year Award, 2001 Family Practice Excellence in Research Award from the California Academy of Family Physicians (first recipient), George F. Kneller Endowed Chair at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (first recipient), and 2009 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Curtis Hames Award which honors individuals who through the course of their career, have contributed in a major, outstanding manner to the development of family medicine research. Dr. Gelberg is an alumna of UCLA (BA biology ’77, MSPH public health/health services ‘97), Harvard University Medical School (MD ‘81), Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine (family medicine residency ‘84), and the RWJF UCLA Clinical Scholars Program (health services research fellowship ‘86) and Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program (faculty development award).
Gerardo Moreno, MD, MSHS: Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of UCLA PRIME (PRogram in Medical Education)
Dr. Gerardo Moreno is Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, received his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles, and completed his clinical residency training in Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He received a Master of Science in Health Services from the UCLA School of Public Health and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA (2007-2010). Dr. Moreno has research training and expertise in community-based (CBPR) and health services outcomes research. His roots in California’s rural Central/San Joaquin Valley provide him with strong motivation and passion to conduct research of high value to patients and communities. He is an awardee of a National Institute of Aging (NIA/NIH) Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging (K23), and co-directs the Community Liaison Core for the NIH/NIA funded UCLA Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)/Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders (CHIME). Dr. Moreno chairs the Oversight Committee for the Implementation of the School of Medicine’s Diversity Strategic Plan, and is a member of the Steering Committee for Community Engagement for the UCLA School of Medicine and Health System. He is co-director of the UCLA MyMeds program and is co-PI for the evaluation of this PCMH practice-based clinical pharmacist and health IT medication management program. Dr. Moreno is also a co-investigator of two NIH funded research projects that investigate 1) pre-diabetes and 2) medication adherence among patients with chronic conditions and language barriers. He has published studies that have increased our understanding of health disparities and the social determinants of health among Latinos. Dr. Moreno has also published on other important issues addressing physician workforce diversity and medical education; has a continuity clinic; and trains family medicine residents and medical students.
Monica Plesa, MD: Assistant Clinical Professor
Dr. Plesa joined the UCLA Department of Family Medicine in June 2013. Born and raised in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA with a BS in psychobiology and a minor in Spanish. After working for a non-profit for two years, she attended medical school at Albany Medical College in New York. She returned to UCLA to complete her residency in Family Medicine. After graduating in 2012, she stayed on with the department to complete a PGY 4 Chief Resident year, during which time she focused on improving resident education by implementing simulation center training. Dr. Plesa enjoys working closely with medical students and serves as the MS3 Clerkship Director for UCLA Family Health Center. Her medical interests include women’s health, pediatrics and procedures. Outside of work, she likes to eat good food, travel, and spend time with friends and family.
Derjung Mimi Tarn, MD, PhD
Derjung Mimi Tarn, MD, PhD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Tarn obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Southern California-Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in 2002, where she was a Chief Resident during her last year. Following her residency training, Dr. Tarn went to UCLA for a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Primary Care Research fellowship. She also was a UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) program fellow, and during her research training obtained a Ph.D. in Health Services with an emphasis in Pharmaceutical Economics at the UCLA School of Public Health.
Dr. Tarn’s research combines qualitative and quantitative skills to understand physician-patient communication about medications. She has developed tools to understand conversations about new and continued medications, and described a medication prescribing communication index. Her analyses have demonstrated deficiencies in the ways physicians and patients communicate when patients receive new prescriptions. These findings have led to Dr. Tarn’s endeavors to develop behavioral interventions to improve prescribing education. Currently Dr. Tarn is the Principal Investigator of an NIH R01 grant investigating patient disclosure of dietary supplement use during primary care office visits. Dr. Tarn received an Honorable Mention for the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM) Best Paper Award in 2008 and was recognized by the California Academy of Family Physicians as the 2010 Researcher of the Year. She currently is a member of the STFM National Research Committee
John P. DiFiori, MD, FACSM:
Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Division of Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopaedics
Head Team Physician, UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
NBA Director of Sports Medicine
Dr. DiFiori serves as Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopaedics for the Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA.
He serves as Head Team Physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, overseeing the care of more than 650 athletes in 23 NCAA sports. Dr. DiFiori has more than 23 years of team physician experience at UCLA. He is on the sidelines with the Bruins’ Football and Men’s Basketball programs.
Dr. DiFiori also serves as the Director of Sports Medicine for the NBA, where he oversees the League’s research initiatives, and the development and implementation of all policies related to player health and safety.
Dr. DiFiori is a former President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
He serves on the editorial boards of Current Sports Medicine Reports and the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.
Dr. DiFiori has served as a medical consultant for the NHL Players Association, and is a member of the U.S.A. Gymnastics physician referral network. He has served for the USOC as a U.S. team physician for several international competitions.
Dr. DiFiori’s expertise in treating sports injuries in competitive athletes is nationally recognized. He is the lead author for the recently published AMSSM Position Statement on Overuse Injuries and Burnout in Youth Sports. He is a co-author of the Preparticipation Evaluation textbook, which is the guidebook for the medical screening of competitive athletes.
Dr. DiFiori has extensive experience in the management of sports-related concussion, ranging from immediate sideline assessment to the monitoring of recovery and determining return to play. He has authored several publications and provided a number of national presentations on sports-related concussion. He is a Co-Primary Investigator for UCLA for the NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion study, the largest study ever conducted on sports-related concussion.
In addition to concussion, Dr DiFiori has authored multiple scientific articles, case reports, and book chapters on a variety of sports medicine issues. He has provided more than 100 scientific presentations, and is regularly invited to speak at national sports medicine academic meetings.
His sports medicine practice at UCLA includes patients of all ages for the evaluation of sports-related injuries and medical problems. He also maintains a family medicine practice, providing care for patients with a wide variety of medical problems, as well as general health maintenance and preventive care.
Calvin "CJ" Duffaut, MD
Dr. Duffaut joined UCLA as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery after completing his Sports Medicine specialty training with UCLA in 2016. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at LAC + USC Hospital. Dr. Duffaut earned his bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego where he played on the intercollegiate basketball team. He plans to further pursue research in the area of depression among intercollegiate student-athletes. In his position at UCLA, Dr. Duffaut cares for sports medicine patients of all ages and also provides primary care services at the UCLA Family Health Center. He also serves as the team physician of El Segundo High School. Dr. Duffaut is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Josh Goldman, MD MBA
Dr. Goldman is a Health Science Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Orthopaethic Surgery. At UCLA, Dr. Goldman cares for both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine patients of all ages, while supervising medical students, residents, and Sports Medicine Fellows. He is a team physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He has also served as a physician at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO and the Association of Volleyball Professionals Tour in Manhattan Beach, CA. Dr. Goldman’s research interests include concussion in sport. He received both his medical degree and Master in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, completed residency training in Family Medicine at UCLA, and received his Sports Medicine specialty training at UCLA. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Academy of Family Physicians.
Aurelia Nattiv, MD
Dr. Nattiv became a full time faculty member in the Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery in 1994, serving as Director of the UCLA Osteoporosis Center.
Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Nattiv served on faculty at the University of Utah, and then was in private practice in Santa Monica. Her areas of research include assessment of bone health in young athletes with amenorrhea, disordered eating and stress fractures, as well as risk taking behaviors in athletes.
Dr. Nattiv is a team physician at UCLA, USA Track and Field, and is the medical representative for the U.S.A. Gymnatics National Health Care Advisory Board. She has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society.
Daniel Vigil, MD
Dr. Vigil joined the clinical faculty of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA in 2013. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed residency training in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente, and received his Sports Medicine specialty training at UCLA.
After his Sports Medicine Fellowship training at UCLA, Dr. Vigil joined the Department of Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles Medical Center where he established the Division of Sports Medicine and co-founded their Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dr. Vigil currently holds faculty appointments in the departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA. He also serves as a consultant in Musculoskeletal Medicine at Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center in Van Nuys, CA. Dr. Vigil is a team physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He is a medical consultant for USA Track and Field and a member of the USA Track and Field physician referral network. Through his affiliation with USA Track and Field, he has been a team physician for several international competitions, including the World Championships, World Cup, Continental Cup and Pan American Games. He has also served as a physician at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
Dr. Vigil is a member of the Board Certification Test Writing Committee and Research Committee for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Vigil’s research interests include heat illness and dehydration, overuse injuries and pre-participation screening, and the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the treatment of sports-related injuries. He has conducted research in these areas and has authored scientific articles, case reports, and book chapters in these and other areas of sports medicine.
Dr. Vigil’s sports medicine practice at UCLA includes the evaluation of sports-related injuries and medical problems for patients of all ages. He also practices family medicine, providing care for patients with a wide variety of medical problems, as well as supervising medical students and residents.
Addiction Medicine & Palliative Care
Keith Heinzerling, MD, MPH
Keith Heinzerling, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor. Dr. Heinzerling received his BA in Human Biology and his MD from Stanford University. He completed residency in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital where he was Chief Resident in Medicine. He then completed the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, during which he obtained an MPH from UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Heinzerling’s current research and clinical activities are devoted to the discovery, development, and dissemination of effective medications for the treatment of addiction. He is the Principal Investigator on several clinical trials of potential medications for methamphetamine addiction and a study investigating possible genetic influences on response to anti-addiction medications. Dr. Heinzerling is the Medical Director for the UCLA Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and the UCLA Hollywood Research Clinic
Timothy McCajor "Cage" Hall, MD, PhD
Timothy McCajor “Cage” Hall, MD PhD, is a psychiatrist and anthropologist and Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Hall grew up on a family farm in the San Joaquin Valley and in the Monterey Bay area and then studied medieval History and Literature at Harvard. He attended medical school at UCSD, where he also earned a PhD in psychological anthropology working with Tanya Luhrmann and Roy D'Andrade. He did postdoctoral work in Human Development at the University of Chicago for two years before coming to UCLA for residency in general psychiatry. He initially joined Family Medicine for postdoctoral training in Addiction Medicine in 2011.
Ironically, Dr. Hall initially went to medical school to be a psychiatrist, but for a while seriously considered Family Medicine instead, as the whole-patient, comprehensive approach of primary care resonated with him deeply. He has been very happy working as a psychiatrist in Family Medicine, supervising Family Medicine residents in their behavioral medicine rotations, and co-managing patients with their primary care physicians.
Clinically, he sees adult and older adult patients for general psychiatry concerns at FHC and at UCLA’s Center for AIDS Education and Research (CARE). Dr. Hall has carried out ethnographic and mixed-methods fieldwork in Prague, Czech Republic since 1999, looking at processes of sexual identity development and mental health concerns among gay and bisexual men. In Los Angeles he has an ongoing mixed-methods project since 2011 looking at sexual identity, substance use, and HIV risk factors among men who have sex with men (MSM) who do not identify as “gay”. He also participates as clinical staff on studies through the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. Clinical and research interests include bipolar and other mood disorders, personality disorders, dual diagnosis, sexuality and sexual identity, and HIV.
Steven Shoptaw, Ph.D.
Dr. Shoptaw is a licensed psychologist and Professor in both the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He is Director of the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, which focuses on the prevention and treatment of chronic health problems, particularly addiction and HIV/AIDS. Since the early 1990’s, Dr. Shoptaw has conducted a series of clinical studies in community clinic settings, primarily on topics that involve the development of medical and behavioral interventions to treat substance abusers. As the Director for the Intervention Core for the UCLA Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services, Dr. Shoptaw works with a team of colleagues to develop funded research on application of the next generation of technological advances (e.g., using cell phones, Internet) and biomedical approaches (microbicides, stem cells) to preventing HIV transmission. He is the Director of a NIDA-funded Center of Excellence on medication development for methamphetamine abuse. He is also the Site Director of a newly-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network study. Dr. Shoptaw eagerly seeks out opportunities to mentor new investigators interested in academic careers along these topics and has mentored more than a dozen pre- and post-doctoral students. He was recently awarded a T32 Training Program on Addiction Medicine in Primary Care by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. All of these experiences in conducting clinical trials in addiction medicine have shaped Dr. Shoptaw’s agenda in the Department of Family Medicine to integrating addiction medicine into primary care settings, particularly those clinics that serve low-income patients.
David Wallenstein, MD
David Wallenstein is a general internist who specializes in palliative care (the supportive treatment of patients with life threatening and terminal illnesses) and in chronic pain management. Dr. Wallenstein, who is appointed in The Department of Family Medicine, is also a physician with The UCLA Palliative Care Service and works with The Sarcoma Program. He is also medical director for The Skirball Hospice Program at The Jewish Homes of Los Angeles and an instructor and preceptor in The UCLA Family Medicine International Medical Graduate Program. Dr. Wallenstein began his career in end of life care as an AIDS volunteer in the early 1980s, trained in clinical social work and after a career as a clinical social worker, decided to attend medical school. A Westwood native who attended UCLA’s lab school, UES, and The Cate School in Carpinteria, he is a graduate of both The College of The University of Chicago and of The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and received his medical degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Dr. Wallenstein trained in internal medicine at The University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago and in anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore before completing a fellowship in pain medicine and palliative care under the direction of Dr. Russell Portenoy at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. In his leisure time, Dr. Wallenstein is an opera and classical music afficionado who rescues dogs and is involved in various aspects of animal welfare.
Timothy Weiss, MD
Dr. Weiss joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2014. He was raised in Southern California, and attended UCLA where he majored in biology and minored in music history. He then attended medical school at Loma Linda University, then came back to UCLA for his Family Medicine residency. After residency, he completed a fellowship in Palliative and Hospice Medicine at UCLA. He now spends his time working on the UCLA inpatient palliative service, seeing patients in Family Medicine clinic as well as palliative clinic, and working as a team physician and Associate Medical Director at Skirball Hospice. He works closely with fellows in training through the UCLA Palliative and Hospice Medicine fellowship, and also works with residents in clinic and in the hospital. In his non-working life, he hikes, runs, listens to a lot of music, and watches the Dodgers.
Robert Maurer, Ph.D.
Dr. Maurer is a clinical psychologist and a behavior scientist with the UCLA Family Practice Residency Program. He received his BA from UCLA and his Masters and Ph.D from the University of Houston in 1972. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of medicine. His presentations o success have reached audiences as diverse as corporations, hospital patients and staff, theatrical companies, government agencies, and the US Navy. He has served as a consultant to Walt Disney Studios, the US Air Force, Canyon Ranch Health Spa, Habitat for Human, and BP. Dr. Maurer has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 in connection with his work on conflict resolution. A Los Angeles Times article profiled Dr. Maurer’s seminars on creativity and change, entitle, “One Small Step can Change Your life” was published in the fall of 2004. It is currently available in ten languages. Dr. Maurer has won the Navy’s civilian award for his course on negotiation skills. He has published articles in medical textbooks on suicide assessment and male stress.
Lynne Woo, RD, CDE
Lynne Woo, RD, CDE is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics and Food Administration in 1982 and has been the staff dietitian since 1993 for the UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA Family Health Center. She educates the family medicine residents in nutrition counseling their patients as well as providing patients with medical nutrition therapy to improve chronic health conditions such as diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity. She also administrates and conducts classes for the 8-week UCLA Healthier Weight Management Program.