Chief of Emergency Medicine

Stacy Sawtelle, MD

James Comes, MD, FACEP

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Stacy Sawtelle-Vohra

Stacy Sawtelle-Vohra, MD, FACEP

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Emergency Medicine


Founded in 1974 at Valley Medical Center in Fresno County, the Emergency Medicine residency is one of the first EM programs in the country. We offer a four-year program (PGY 1-4) with 10 residents per year, featuring a strong emphasis on clinical teaching and hands-on training. Our giant, new, state-of-the-art ED at Community Regional Medical Center serves as the only Level 1 trauma center and Burn center for Central California, and handles an annual ED volume of 110,000.

We are committed to provide high-quality, timely emergency care via the educational paradigm and to advance the specialty of Emergency Medicine nationally through educational innovations, scholarship and the dissemination of state-of-the-art Emergency Medicine care.

Program Aims

  • Empower residents to develop expertise beyond the fundamentals.
  • Create an environment that encourages achievement, success and leadership beyond residency.
  • Cultivate a culture of clinical excellence, professionalism and patient advocacy.
  • Recruit medical students and physicians who respect the rights and dignity of patients and conduct themselves with professional and personal integrity.


Stacy Sawtelle, MD
Program Director
155 N. Fresno
Fresno, CA 93701-2302
(559) 499-6440

Paloma Marin_Nevarez

Paloma Marin-Nevarez, MD, PGY 1


Into the COVID ICU

Reveal News follows Paloma Marin-Nevarez, MD, PGY 1, during her first months as a physician – into the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Marin-Nevarez shares her journey from finishing medical school to what it is like to train as a new doctor during a public health crisis. Click here to listen to the story.



Rene ramirez, MD

Rene Ramirez, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine

One house, two doctors, three generations and the long-awaited relief of a vaccine

Rene Ramirez, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, and his family were featured in a story by the Los Angeles Times. In it, he and his wife, also a physician, share the challenges they face as they help patients and raise their family during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how receiving their vaccines affects their outlook. Click here to read the article.




Spanish-language COVID-19 FAQ
Paloma Marin-Nevarez, MD, PGY1, along with Community Medical Centers, developed a critical informational video that addresses questions and concerns that Fresno’s Spanish-speaking communities might have about COVID-19 and the vaccines.


Mackensie Yore, PGY4, Emergency Medicine



UCSF Fresno Health Equity Action Lab Addresses Health Disparities and Inequities

Mackensie Yore, MD, PGY4, has developed the UCSF Fresno Health Equity Action Lab. This allows physicians like Dr. Yore to improve health on a community scale and provides the mechanism for many different health professionals to work together to address health inequities. Participants will be given selected readings on health equity issues, and Dr. Yore wants to arrange conversations and collaborations with community-based organizations and local institutions who serve at-risk groups of Fresnans. Click here for more information.


In the News

Dr. Crystal Ives Tallman featured in Your Central Valley | Jan. 19, 2021
Mother expecting twins survives COVID-19 after 49 days in the hospital, ECMO treatment

Dr. Danielle Campagne featured in Your Central Valley | Dec. 29, 2020
Fresno first responders lining up to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Jessica Mason featured on KMPH Fox26 News | Dec. 29, 2020
Doctor responds to, debunks advice on “How to Fight COVID at home” social media post

Dr. Danielle Campagne and Dr. Rais Vohra featured in the Fresno Bee | Dec. 20, 2020
Fresno patients are not receiving adequate care in latest COVID surge, hospital staff say