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 Family Medicine Residency Program. He earned a BS degree in Biochemistry from the UC Los Angeles, and graduated from Chicago Medical School in Illinois. 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. 

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.

JOHN BLOSSOM, MD

 

Dr. Blossom is a Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine with the UCSF Fresno Family Medicine Residency Program.  After medical school at UCSF he completed his Family Medicine training in the Fresno Program. He was residency director for more than a decade and a half. He served as Associate Dean for UCSF Fresno for six years. He is currently Director of the California Area Health Education Program and oversees the state's largest HRSA grant.  Dr. Blossom teaches at all three Family Medicine sites and in the Psychiatry Residency Program. His areas of interest are in physician patient communication, cross-cultural medical practice, and medical practice with interpreters  He speaks medical Spanish. He has contributed to the medical literature in multiple areas including a 2004 article in Family Practice on "shadowing" and is an accomplished grant writer. In 1999, UCSF students elected him to the UCSF Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha.

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.

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.

JUDY IKAWA, MS

 

Ms. Ikawa is the Research Coordinator for Family & Community Medicine and is part of the research team.  She has a MS in Food Microbiology from the University California, Davis and a MS in Molecular Biology from California State University, Fresno.   She works with medical students and residents on their community projects and coordinates quality assurance projects for the residents and faculty.  She enjoys teaching science courses and is interested in disease prevention through healthy nutrition and exercise.

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 residency training at UCSF Fresno in 2014.  Dr. Joseph chose to specialize in family medicine as a result of her interest in treating the whole family.  Her awareness of the impact preventive medicine can have also influenced her decision.  She believes patient education, particularly information about uncontrolled blood pressure, chronic diseases, nutrition, obesity and the importance of exercise, is vitally important and should be readily provided.  Dr. Joseph received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine.  Her hobbies and interests include camping, traveling, cooking, 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 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.

MARIO MARTINEZ, MD

 

Dr. Martinez received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine.   Throughout medical school Dr. Martinez was involved in numerous volunteer activities, including HEARTS (Health Education and Awareness Resource Teams), an organization he cofounded to promote interest in working with the Latino population.  Members were encouraged to learn Spanish, interpret for patients and speak to patients in Spanish.  In 2010 Dr. Martinez was awarded with the National Jefferson Award for Public Service in Washington DC.  He recently completed residency training at UCSF Fresno and was Chief Resident in his final year.  The possibility of having a wide variety of experiences made Family Medicine an easy choice.  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.

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 Selma Health Center, Selma Community 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.  He completed residency training at the University of Connecticut Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  Dr. Neves worked at two federally qualified health centers as well as a large health maintenance organization before joining the faculty.  Dr. Neves enjoys soccer, tennis, reading, but mostly spending time with his wife Lilia, and his three children Katherine, Harrison, and Oliver.

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 UMC and Selma pathways. Dr. Tevendale was honored with the UCSF Fresno Housestaff Faculty Teacher of the Year Award in 2003.