FACULTY

 

As a resident, you will have some of the best clinical faculty available anywhere available to you. All faculty are members of the Department of Family & Community Medicine of the UCSF School of Medicine. They offer extensive experience and diverse expertise in HIV care, asthma and diabetes treatment, inpatient medicine, obstetrics including cesarean sections, geriatrics, preventive medicine, evidence based medicine and research. Our own behavioral science faculty further augment the resources available.

 

 

 

 

ROGER MORTIMER, MD

 

Dr. Mortimer is Interim Chief of the Department of Family & Community Medicine for UCSF Fresno.   He received his MD degree from University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.  He holds BA degrees in Psychology and Biology from the UC Berkeley.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at UCSF Fresno. Dr. Mortimer is Medical Director of the CMC Family Health Center.  In addition, he provides primary and HIV specialty care at the CMC Special Services Clinic. He also serves as faculty to the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center. Dr. Mortimer does research in HIV, case management, and patient-physician communication.  He serves as the clinical liaison for the Family Medicine research team. In addition, Dr. Mortimer has an interest in wilderness medicine and regularly participates in cave explorations.  He is the coordinator of the Western Region National Cave Rescue Commission.

 

 

 

IVAN GOMEZ, MD

 

Dr. Gomez is Program Director of the UCSF Fresno Family & Community Medicine Residency Program. He is also the Program Director for the California Area Health Education Center (AHEC) through UCSF Fresno’s Medical Education Program. Dr. Gomez completed his residency with UC Davis Family Medicine Program in Merced, California. He is particularly involved in family-oriented adult and pediatric HIV/AIDS care, and is currently the Medical Director of the Pacific AIDS Education Training Center in the San Joaquin Valley. Dr. Gomez’s other clinical interests include obstetrics and inpatient medicine. Dr. Gomez precepts and provides clinical care at our rural site in Selma, and is an Advisory Faculty for the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course held yearly at UCSF Fresno.

 

ARLIN VENTURINA, MD

 

Dr. Venturina is the Assistant Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. She is a UC San Diego graduate where she received a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Her Doctor of Medicine degree is from Ross University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of UCSF Fresno Family Medicine Residency (CMC pathway). Dr. Venturina is Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is Medical Director of Palliative Services at Community Regional Medical Center. 

MARIO MARTINEZ, MD

 

Dr Martinez is the Assistant Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also the medical director and resident pathway director for the AMC-Reedley Cypress residency clinic. He did his undergraduate education at UC Davis and received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine.   In 2010 Dr. Martinez was awarded with the National Jefferson Award for Public Service in Washington DC.  He completed residency training at UCSF Fresno and was Chief Resident in his final year. Dr Martinez practices full scope family medicine; Obstetric care with deliervies, inpatient medicine, outpatient care, Pediatric care and multiple inpatient and outpatient procedures.  In addition to salsa and hip-hop dancing, running, basketball, weight-lifting and traveling, Dr. Martinez enjoys talking to high school and elementary school students about college and a career in medicine.

LOLA AQUINGA, LCSW

 

Lola is a member of the Behavioral Science team in the Department of Family & Community Medicine.  She is an experienced Mental Health Clinician and also has significant experience in the area of Cross-Cultural Proficiency (CCP), having served for many years as the head of CCP for Fresno County Behavioral Health.  She teaches at CSU-Fresno in the graduate program for Clinical Social Work.  Ms. Aguiniga is bilingual.

DANIEL BLODGETT, MD


Dr. Blodgett completed residency training at Oklahoma University Tulsa Medical College.  His MD degree is from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  He taught at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for a couple of years before moving to California in 2000.  Dr. Blodgett had a solo family practice in Oakhurst for 10 years.  Most recently he’s been providing urgent care at Oakhurst Intermediate Care, a Community Medical Center facility.  Dr. Blodgett is board certified with ABFM and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.  He practices primarily at CMC’s Ambulatory Care Center and Community Regional Medical Center.  In his spare time Dr. Blodgett enjoys hiking and mountain climbing.

ERICA DELSMAN, MD

 

Dr Delsman received her Maternal Child Health Fellowship training and Family Medicine Residency training through UCSF Fresno Family & Community Medicine. She is now Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF Fresno FCM where she will continue full scope family medicine, including performing cesareans at AMC-Reedley. Dr Delsman received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She grew up as the sixth generation on her family farm and worked in rural communities in Northern California and Oregon for many years where she learned many life lessons that range from practical skills, such as being able to fix a car motor, to profound life lessons about hard work, land health and teamwork. She has travelled abroad to work in missionary clinics in Arequipa, Peru; an indigenous village near Tena, Ecuador; and a government hospital in Sikkim, India, as well as an Indian Health Services clinic in the USA, all of which helped to solidify her deep connection with people who live in rural communities.  Some of Erica’s hobbies and interests include travel, rock climbing, gardening, cooking, and training horses.  Erica speaks German and Spanish

JASMINE GARCHA, MD


Dr. Garcha earned her BS degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine.   She then completed her residency in Family & Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, Fresno.  She has always been passionate in providing medical care to underserved populations.  She has been a volunteer for multiple organizations including Physicians for Human Rights, Jacobs Heart Child’s Cancer Association, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Young Professional Group.  She also has experience working as a behavior tutor for children with Autism.  Her hobbies include spending time with family, dancing, and doing arts and crafts.  She is fluent in Punjabi

MARTHA GARCIA, MD


Dr. Garcia is a graduate of University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  Her residency training was in Santa Rosa at Sutter Medical Center.   She obtained her BA degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz.  She worked at Sequoia Community Health Center and United Health Centers before deciding to join the Department of Family & Community Medicine as full time faculty.  Dr Garcia works primarily in Sanger and Reedley Cypress Clinic with academic passion in performing outpatient procedures and teaching medical students and residents.

SUSAN HUGHES, MS

 

Ms. Hughes is Family Medicine’s Research Director.  She has a BA in mathematics from California State University, Fresno and a MS degree in Biostatistics from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Hughes works on all aspects of research with faculty, residents, medical students, and undergraduate pre health career students. Her interests include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and database design.  She has co-authored several manuscripts with fellow faculty.

BETTY JARMAN, PhD

 

Dr. Jarman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director of Behavior Science and works with residents in all pathways. She received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology. Her BA and MS degrees are from the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Jarman maintains a private practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families.

SHRUTI JOSEPH, MD

 

Dr Joseph completed her residency training at UCSF Fresno Family & Community Medicine and received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr Joseph chose to specialize in family medicine as a result of her interest in treating the whole family with members of various ages. Her awareness of the impact preventive medicine can have has particular solidified her decision. She believes patient education in all areas of their health from prevention to management is vitally important and should be readily provided. Her academic interests include obstetrics, women’s health, inpatient and outpatient procedures, and Physician and staff wellness. Her hobbies include traveling, the beach, cooking/baking, as well as Tae Kwon Do where she holds a first degree black belt.

ANJANI KOLAHI, MD

 

Dr. Kolahi received her medical degree from University at Buffalo in New York and completed her family medicine residency at University of California San Francisco, Fresno where she was Chief Resident in her final year. During her medical training, she dedicated time to addressing family planning needs in the community and has an area of interest in reproductive health. She also acted as a mentor to local high school students through Doctor’s Academy at the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research and participated on the IRB and as a judge at the Central California Regional Science, Math, and Engineering Fair. Dr Kolahi speaks English, Marathi, and medical Spanish. She enjoys travel, cooking, and dancing.

LIANA MILANES, MD

YE MIN, MD

 

 
Dr. Min is a graduate of the Institute of Medicine, Mandalay. He worked as a physician in Burma for several years before moving to the US. Dr. Min completed his residency training at UCSF Fresno, UMC pathway. He received multiple awards during residency training, including “Resident Teacher of the Year-2007”, “Scholarly Activity Award-2007” and “The Dizon Community Service Award-2007”. Dr. Min’s primary sites are AMC-Reedley Cypress Clinic and hospital and Family First clinic. His interests include electronic medical education in residency training, Obstetrics, minor surgical and gynecological procedures in outpatient settings, community health, and rural medicine.

ILA NAENI, DO

 

Dr. Naeni is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences.  Her undergraduate degree in Biopsychology is from the University of California Santa Barbara.  She completed her residency training in family medicine at UCSF Fresno.  Dr. Naeni had a busy practice at Clinica Sierra Vista Elm, a federally qualified health center, before joining the faculty at UCSF Fresno.  Dr. Naeni practices primarily at CMC’s Ambulatory Care Center.  She enjoys spending times with her twins, watching movies and trying new restaurants.

GEORGE NEVES, MD


Dr Neves received his MD degree from UC San Francisco and completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Neves worked at two federally qualified health centers as well as a large health maintenance organization before joining our UCSF Fresno FCM faculty in 2011. His academic passions include obstetrics and resident & medical student teaching. He is currently the Undergraduate Medical Education Site Director for Family Medicine at UCSF Fresno. Dr Neves enjoys soccer, tennis, reading, and most of all spending time with his wife Lilia and his three children Katherine, Harrison, and Oliver.

SIREESHA REDDY, MD

 

Dr. Reddy graduated from MR Medical College in India.  She completed residency training as Co-Chief Resident at Loma Linda University Hanford Family Practice Residency Program.  After graduation she stayed in the central valley as an outpatient clinic physician and made the transition to faculty in 2015. She is interested in comprehensive women’s health needs. She is an advocate for preventative health care, and believes in patient empowerment through education. Dr. Reddy speaks 3 languages; Telugu, Hindi and Spanish.  On her downtime she enjoys outdoor walks, reading, gardening.

JUSEL RUELAN, MD

JUAN CARLOS RUVALCABA, MD

 

Dr. Ruvalcaba is the Pathway Director for the Clinica Sierra Vista-Elm Family Health Center. He received his MD degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and New York Medical College-Fifth Pathway Program. He is a graduate of the UCSF Fresno Family Medicine Residency Program (CSV pathway). His undergraduate degree from California State University, Stanislaus was in Biology. Dr. Ruvalcaba has a strong interest in rural healthcare, particularly in the central San Joaquin Valley.

ALEX SHERRIFFS, MD

 

 

Dr. Sherriffs received his BA degree from Yale University, graduated from the University of California, Davis Medical School, and the UCSF Fresno Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Sherriffs volunteered two years with the Indian Health Service in Northern Michigan, operates a half-time rural private practice, and is the past president of the Fresno-Madera Medical Society. He oversees the geriatric and nursing home experiences of our residents, provides training in vasectomy and sigmoidoscopy procedures, and coordinates interns' community medicine month. He has a certificate of added qualification in geriatrics and is Medical Director at the Alzheimers and Memory Center. He is the recipient of the California Academy of Physicians 1999 Barbara Hams Teaching Award.

ROBERT TEVENDALE, MD

 

Dr. Tevendale attended undergraduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, then went on to medical school at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Kern Medical Center and spent two years in practice in Porterville, California.  Dr. Tevendale's interests are in inpatient medicine as well as HIV and AIDS management. His responsibilities include inpatient rounds and precepting at the CMC and Reedley pathways. Dr. Tevendale was honored with the UCSF Fresno Housestaff Faculty Teacher of the Year Award in 2003.