Tegest Hailu, MD
Tegest Hailu, MD joined the faculty at UCSF Fresno after completing residency training in family medicine in 1997. In 2005 she left to open a full spectrum family practice including comprehensive HIV care.  Currently she is completing a one-year fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She received her MD degree from State University of Buffalo School of Medicine.  Dr. Hailu founded and is the president of the International Society for Better Health Access, a non-profit organization that provides HIV/AIDS services in Ethiopia.  She is also involved in poverty medicine, volunteering at homeless shelters and health fairs. 

Dr. Hailu enjoys traveling, cooking and reading.

James Simmons, DO

James Simmons, DO is a graduate of A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed residency training in Internal Medicine in 2014.  He is described as a compassionate, skilled clinician who is easy to work with and fun to teach.   Dr. Simmons describes his interest in palliative medicine in terms of the inherent reward found in helping people to have a peaceful, painless and dignified end of life experience.  “At the end of the day, palliative medicine is not about pain and suffering but about facilitating quality of life, comfort, and union to patients and families at the end of life…  To me, nothing can be more satisfying.”   Dr. Simmons interest include tennis, biking, the beach and spending time with his dog Oreo.