FACULTY & INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

 

In addition to a well-trained, diverse OB/GYN faculty, the program includes subspecialists in gynecologic oncology, perinatology and reproductive endocrinology/infertility.

 

Department Chair and Professor

 

Carlos M. Sueldo, MD
Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinical Professor

REI

 

Dr. Sueldo is a graduated of the medical school at the University of Buenos Aires, and a fellowship in Reproductive Medicine from University of Southern California. In addition to his UCSF Fresno academic appointment, Dr. Sueldo serves as the Co-Director of the Community Fertility Center, Fresno California and also serves as the Academic Director Center for Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Sueldo contributes an in-depth and world renown knowledge of infertility and reproductive medicine to the UCSF Fresno Faculty.

 

 

Pamela Emeney, RN, MD
Residency Program Director

Assistant Clinical Professor

Generalist

 

Dr. Emeney began her career in Palm Springs CA many years ago as a critical care nurse. She then switched to medicine and after one year as a family practice resident, she switched to OB/GYN and completed her training at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn New York. She then joined the faculty at Texas Tech and began to develop her two passions, laparoscopic surgery and adolescent GYN.

She then came to the University of California San Francisco Fresno in 2008, and has continued to peruse both minimally invasive surgery and adolescent GYN health care. As the program director, she brings an unusually talent, that of nurse and physician, and strives to provide MIS opportunities, both robotic and straignt stick, for the residents.

 


Paul Madsen, MD

Clinical Professor

Generalist

 

Dr. Paul Madsen graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1958 and the Fresno ObGyn Residency Program in 1962, which was our first graduating class . Dr. Madsen became a partner of the Program Founder, Dr. Henry Tieche from the University of Michigan. Dr. Madsen then assumed the dual role of private practice and Program Chairman for many years.

He was a pioneer in the subspecialities of urogynecology and oncology in Fresno. He has enjoyed teaching many generations of graduating residents. Dr. Madsen retired from private practice but remains an active part time faculty sharing both his surgical skills and medical knowledge with medical students, residents and faculty. He is a wealth of knowledge to all he teaches.

 

 

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Minh Tang, MD
Clinical Instructor
Director of Out Patient Services

Generalist

 

Dr. Tang joined the faculty of UCSF Fresno OBGYN MEP in September of 2008. Dr. Tang provides supervision of low-risk wards and colposcopy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure clinics.

 

 

Joseph Mansour, MD
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Generalist/Pelvic Floor Medicine

 

Dr. Mansour comes to UCSF Fresno with a long and impressive career. He began his medical training at the French Faculty of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon graduating with his MD degree in 1975. He then began his OB/GYN training in Paris/France at University Renee Descates graduated in 1978. After successfully completing his residency in Paris, he moved to the US and began a residency at Kern Medical Center/UCLA graduating in 1982.


Following this extensive training Dr. Mansour began a thriving private practice which he enjoyed but after 15 years made the difficult decision to return to medical education and began a fully time faculty position at Kern County Medical center in Bakersfield, CA. His passion for education led him to UCSF Fresno, and he began with our program in 2011 as a full time faculty.


He has received many honors throughout his career including several CREOG Excellence in Teaching awards, is a member of several medical societies, including a fellow in ACOG. He became board certified in 1985 and his are of interest is vaginal surgery and pelvic floor.

 

 

Gail Newel, MD, MPH
Director of Obstetrics
Clinical Instructor
Generalist

 

Dr. Newel is a graduate of the UCSF Fresno OB-GYN residency program, and has been a clinical instructor with the program since she graduated in 1990.  Raised in Fresno, she attended UC Berkeley for undergraduate work and UC Irvine for medical school.  Her strong interest in public health led her back to UC Berkeley for her Masters in Public Health.


Dr. Newel has been in clinical practice in Fresno for 25 years, in private practice, at Kaiser Permanente, and as Fresno County’s Medical Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the Department of Public Health.  Besides caring for women of the Central Valley, she has worked on several global medical projects.


Dr. Newel is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has represented our community to many regional, state and national working groups on women’s health issues.

 

 

 

Ellen Uller, CNM/NP, MSN

CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife)

 

Ms. Uller began caring for women as a student nurse in 1992 at Valley Medical Center.  Shortly after graduating with honors from CSUF, she pursued advanced practice training and graduated from UCSF with a Masters in Nursing and certification in Nurse Midwifery/Nurse Practitioner.  She served as clinical faculty for UCSF Fresno before moving to North Carolina where she taught nursing students at UNC Charlotte and enjoyed working with a private OB Gyn group.  Relocating back to Fresno in 2011, she has been happy taking care of women as they transition into motherhood  and sharing her skills with the medical students and residents.

 

 

 

Christopher Downer, MD
Assistant Professor 

Assistant Director of Obstetrics 

Generalist


Dr. Downer attended University of California, Davis for his undergraduate coursework, double majoring in both Biological Sciences and  Psychology.  He then went on to complete medical school at Pennsylvania State  University’s College of Medicine in Hershey. Upon completion of his medical degree, Dr. Downer undertook his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at UCSF Fresno Medicine Education Program. After finishing residency training, Dr. Downer spent  the next four years as an OB/GYN physician for the U.S. Army at Landstuhl,  Germany, the largest military overseas OB/GYN department in the world.  Following his active duty commitment, he was excited to return to Fresno and medical education.  Dr. Downer’s clinical interests include minimally invasive gynecology.

 

 

Urogynecology

 

Michael O'Shaughnessy, MD
Associate Clinical Professor

Generalist/Pelvic Floor Medicine


Dr. O'Shaughnessy is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and the UCSF Fresno OB/GYN Residency Program. His chief clinical and teaching interests are in urogynecology and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. He is director of the urogynecology clinic at UMC. Dr. O'Shaughnessy received the Kaiser Award for Clinical Teaching from UCSF in 1999 and was co-recipient of the UCSF Fresno Research Award in 1998. His current research activity includes paravaginal defect repair, primary perineal body repair, and the levator ani syndrome. Dr. O'Shaughnessy is also Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Board Certified in FPMRS (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery).

 

 

 

Benjamin Steinberg, DO
Assistant Clinical Professor

Pelvic Floor Medicine/Robotic Surgeon

 

Dr. Benjamin Steinberg is the first fellowship trained urogynecologist and female pelvic reconstructive surgeon in the Central Valley. Recently joining Urology Associates of Central California in August 2011, and is an assistant professor at UCSF Fresno, Department of OB/GYN.   He offers specialized surgical and medical treatment options for women with pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Steinberg received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. In 2004, he received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Cooper Hospital. Following residency, he continued his education at Cooper Hospital where he completed a three year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Steinberg was active in research publishing several articles in peer-reviewed medical journals He has spoken internationally for the International Urogynecology Association at Lake Como, Italy, as well as nationally for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. Dr. Steinberg is also Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Board Certified in FPMRS (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery).

 


 

Gynecology Oncology

 

William Rich, MD
Clinical Professor

Director of GYN Oncology

GYN/ONC

 

Dr. Rich is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology as well as his gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Southern California. After completing his training, Dr. Rich became a faculty at UC Irvine and after 5 years in academics, he began a successful private practice in downtown L A. Dr. Rich began to miss working with residents and medical students, and made a move to Fresno where he could combine his love of teaching with his desire to continue in private practice. Dr. Rich currently heads the oncology clinic at Community Regional Medical Center, runs a very successful private practice and still always makes time to teach residents, medical students and OB/GYN faculty. He is always the surgeon to call when help is needed.

 

 

Maternal Fetal Medicine


Brian Morgan, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor

MFM

 

Dr Morgan earned his BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of London. He then took up an appointment at The Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he ran a graduate program in human nutrition and pursued his research interests in fetal programming and brain development. After a term as Acting Director of The Institute of Human Nutrition he left Columbia and obtained his MD at the University of Miami, where he also completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. After residency he moved on to Harbor UCLA where he did a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was appointed a WRHR scholar. His research focuses on fetal programming and its effects on genomics. He now joins us at the UCSF Fresno educational program where his role is to assist in developing a research program in maternal-fetal medicine, teaching medical students and residents, and creating outreach clinical opportunities for resident training. In addition to Dr. Morgan’s research, he recently received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Haile T Debas Academy of Medical Educators for his outstanding performance in medical student and resident instruction.

 


Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

 

Michael Synn, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

REI

 

Dr. Synn is one of California's leading obstetric, gynecological and fertility specialists. He joined Community Medical Centers in 1984 when he began his residency at the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program. He currently serves as an assistant clinical professor at UCSF Fresno and serves on Community’s Board of Trustees, as chairman of the Clovis Community Facility Executive Committee and the Quality Patient Safety Committee. In 2007, Dr. Synn was one of three doctors in a six-state region to receive the Physician Champion Award through VHA Inc., which brings together health care organizations in a nationwide alliance to improve health care. In addition to his other duties Dr. Synn also as as the Medical Director of Community Fertility Center, IVF Program at Clovis Community Medical Center.


 

 

Mid-level Providers

 

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Laura Schleicher, CNM

Nurse Midwife

 

Laura Schleicher, CNM,  joined UCSF Fresno OB/GYN faculty in May 2012 after graduating as a Nurse Midwife From Frontier University in 2011. Laura practiced as an Obstetrical nurse in the central San Joaquin valley for 30 years prior to continuing her education and becoming a Midwife. Laura Is certified by the American Board of Certified Midwives.  Laura assists with the low risk obstretrical patient care.

 

 

 

 

Administrative Staff

 

Diane Casey
Administrative Assistant

 

Diane is a native Fresnan. She joined the department in March 2000 and is an Administrative Assistant II, and performs duties associated with the residency training of physicians by supporting the Chairman, Program Director, and serving as the site coordinator for medical students. Diane is actively involved in the planning and implementation of a variety of program activities. Her experience includes 4 years in the admitting department at Veteran’s Hospital, 13 years as a teacher for the developmentally disabled population and 2 years as an Auditor, and 6 years as a secretary Program Manager for a catering non-profit agency that trained developmentally disabled individuals to become independent and work in their community and support themselves.

Diane’s’ extensive knowledge of Fresno, UCSF Fresno and Community regional hospital is only a small portion of the amazing support Diane gives to the Department. Anything you need, Diane can help you.

 

 

Cynthia Cortez
Staff Research Associate

 

Cynthia joined the UCSF Fresno OB/GYN team in September of 2012. As a research associate, Cynthia focuses on facilitating all resident and faculty investigations. Prior to returning to her hometown of Fresno, she completed a bachelor’s degree in biology and health policy from Harvard University and earned a Health Professions Certificate from UC Berkeley Extension.

 

 


Alfred (Fritz) Peters, MDiv, MBA
Program Manager

 

As the program manager, Fritz helps to insure that the UCSF Fresno OBGYN residency meets all administrative requirements. Fritz’ daily activities included insuring that the program meets all the requirements of ACGME, and all residents meet the requirements to take the ABOG exam.Fritz interacts daily with faculty and residents and serves as a liaison between the Community Regional Hospital the the residency training program

Before coming to UCSF Fresno Fritz spent the first twelve years managing nongovernmental community development organizations in South America and Asia and developed methods for using women’s and children’s health indicators to measure nutritional, sanitary and economic development projects. After returning to the United States in 2003, Fritz worked as the executive director of a literature merchandising company where he develop skills in managing change and use of key performance indicators to drive and track change.

 

After joining UCSF Fresno in 2007, Fritz brought together both his background in women’s health and change management. During Fritz’ time he has developed means for measuring resident success and performance, and developing communications mechanisms to communicate progress to the residents and faculty. Fritz plays a vital role in the success of our department and is a resource for all he interacts with.

 

 

Heather Peters, MEd, PhD
Educational Administrator

 

Heather received her Ph.D. in post-secondary and adult education in 2007 from Capella University. She brings to the department a background in education and evaluation. With her guidance, the department has aligned medical practice with educational principles to create a comprehensive and individualized training for each resident. Her educational research focuses on the mentor-resident relationship’s contribution to improved learner efficacy.

 

 

Community Attending Physicians

In addition to our core full-time faculty, clinical experience is enhanced by volunteer clinical faculty members. This volunteer faculty provides a variety of clinical experiences ranging from private practice to specialty care. We are proud of our volunteer clinical faculty members as they share our dedication to quality resident education.

 

Michael Ayers, MD
Kelli Beingesser, MD
Christopher Bencomo, MD

Jocelyn Craig, MD
Kanswer Dhami, MD
Fenglaly Lee, MD
Ronald Lichtenstein, MD

Stewart Mason, MD
Peter Nassar, MD

Diana Nguyen, MD
Tejinder Sandhu, MD

John Swanson, MD
Jeffrey Thomas, MD
Oscar Young, DO