Current Fellows

Clinical Fellows 

W. James Deardorff, MD  |  Lauren Lederle, MD  |  Lingsheng Li, MD, MHS  |  T. Richard Parenteau, MD, PhD  |  Adi Shafir, MD  |  Theresa Wong, MD, MPH

James Deardorff

W. James Deardorff, MD

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Track: Geriatric Medicine
Undergraduate school, degree, and what they studied - UCLA, BS in Biochemistry
Medical school - St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO
Graduate school (if any) and what they studied - N/A
Residency program name and field - Duke, Internal Medicine

Bio

Why geriatrics? - Love the patient population, interdisciplinary team approach, and focus on function, quality of life, and deprescribing

What are your interests in medicine? - Cognitive impairment, frailty, deprescribing

What hobbies do you enjoy? - Running, basketball, tennis

 

 

Lauren Lederle

Lauren Lederle, MD

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Track: Geriatric Medicine
Undergraduate school, degree, and what they studied: Pomona college, BA, Neuroscience
Medical school: UCSF
Graduate school (if any) and what they studied
Residency program name and field: UCSF UC Primary Care Internal Medicine

Bio

Why geriatrics?: I enjoy caring for older patients from whom there are always many things to learn! I was drawn to geriatrics by the diverse needs and perspectives of older patients and the privilege of helping patients and families navigate complex decisions of life and health with the goal of living their most fulfilling life. Continuity, humility and the wholistic approach of geriatrics also drew me to the field! 

What are your interests in medicine? Novel care delivery models, community education and community building, Nursing Home care, Diabetes, Medication de-prescribing 

What hobbies do you enjoy?: Backpacking in the Sierra, tending my house plants, learning Spanish and Ukulele

 

Lingsheng Li

Lingsheng Li, MD, MHS

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Track: Geri-Pal (Year 1)
Undergraduate school, degree, and what they studied: Johns Hopkins University, Bachelor of Science in Biology with minor in Psychology. 
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine 

Graduate School: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Master of Health Science in Mental Health 
Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Bayview, Internal Medicine Primary Care Track 

Bio

Why Geriatrics? This is an amazing field that lets us take care of people who've cared for us and to help people like our grandparents meet their goals of care as they grow older! 

Interests in medicine: Narrative medicine, patient-caregiver relationship, resilience in chronic illness 

Hobbies: Visiting used bookstores, searching for that perfect bubble, doodling in a sketchbook 

 

 

T. Richard Parenteau

T. Richard Parenteau, MD, PhD

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Track: Geriatric Medicine
Undergraduate school, degree, and what they studied: California State University, Fullerton, BS, Biology (major) and Chemistry (minor)
Medical school: University of California, San Francisco
Graduate school (if any) and what they studied: University of California, San Francisco, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Residency program name and field: UCSF Internal Medicine (Molecular Medicine program)

Bio

Why geriatrics?: My goal is to improve the lives of the elderly through both medical care and scientific research

What are your interests in medicine?: Translation research on the biology of aging; care for underserved and marginalized populations

What hobbies do you enjoy?: Dancing, art, and new adventures

 

Adi Shafir

Adi Shafir, MD

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Track: Geri-Pal (Year 2)
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Residency: University of Pittsburgh

Bio

Adi grew up in California and studied Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of California Berkeley. She discovered her passion for geriatrics and palliative care working at Kaiser Permanente after undergraduate, and then fell in love with health policy while working in Washington DC. While in medical school she continued to pursue her interest in geriatrics and palliative care through research and leading interest groups.  She completed internal medicine residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she participated in the geriatrics and medical education tracks. She is very excited to be a geriatrics-palliative care fellow at UCSF, which has been her dream since graduating college. She hopes to practice palliative care and use her geriatrics training to improve the care of older adults in palliative care. During her free time, you’ll find her with her husband and geriatric pug, exploring the city and trying new food. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening.

What’s something about you that would surprise most people?

“I spent 3 years volunteering at a wildlife rescue in high school, taking care of injured birds, squirrels, and other creatures. My favorite bird is the titmouse.”

 

Theresa Wong

Theresa Wong, MD, MPH

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Track: Geriatric Medicine
Undergraduate school, degree, and what they studied: UCSD, General Biology
Medical school: UCSD
Graduate school (if any) and what they studied: UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Master of Public Health with Specialty Area in Aging
Residency program name and field: UCSF Internal Medicine Primary Care

Bio

Why geriatrics?: Looking forward to meeting more older patients with inspiring life stories and helping them maintain their health and dignity through interdisciplinary, geri-centered medicine

What are your interests in medicine?: Primary care, long-term care, innovative solutions for community living

What hobbies do you enjoy?: Baking cookies, hand-lettering, backpacking, drawing cool houses in San Francisco

 

 

T32 Research Fellows

Matthew Growdon, MD, MPH  |  Alexandra Lee, PhD  |  Matthew Miller, PT, PhD  |  Anna Parks, MD  |  Mazie Tsang, MD

Matthew Growdon

Matthew Growdon, MD, MPH

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Track: T32 Research
Undergraduate schoolHarvard College, BA, History and Literature
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Graduate school: Harvard School of Public Health, MPH

Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Internal Medicine/Primary Care
Fellowship: Harvard Multicampus Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Bio

Why geriatrics?
What a wonderful field! It is an immense pleasure to work with our patients and their families and to have such humane and thoughtful colleagues. I love the clinical complexity, the strong team approach to care, and the holistic focus on what matters most in navigating our complex medical system. The changing demographics of the US and many countries around the world demand innovative aging research and health system adaptations, and I am excited to be part of this movement.

What are your interests in medicine?
Dementia, delirium, and efforts to promote appropriate and safe prescribing and deprescribing of harmful medications.

What hobbies do you enjoy? 
Hiking, running, reading, politics, early 20th C. literary history, Supreme Court trivia, singing, and ferreting out coffee shops.

 

Alexandra Lee

Alexandra Lee, PhD

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Track: T32 Research
Graduate: MPH, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University;
PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Undergraduate: Amherst College

Bio

Alex was raised in the sunny East Bay and attended Amherst College in Massachusetts. She received her Masters of Science in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. While in Atlanta, she also worked part-time for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Missing California, she moved to Sacramento and spent one year as Cal-EIS fellow in the Chronic Disease Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health. She then traveled back across the country for her PhD in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where her dissertation focused hypoglycemia in type 2 diabetes. She is excited to be back in the Bay Area and is looking forward to continuing her research on aging, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Outside of the post-doc, you can find her swimming, hiking, skate skiing, or cooking/eating.

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?

If she were a pasta shape, she would be orecchiette, because she's all ears!

 

Matt Miller

Matthew Miller, PT, PhD

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Track: T32 Research
Graduate School: Doctoral training in Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University; PhD, University of Colorado 

Bio

Matt was born on a military base in the desert of southern California and raised near the ocean and casinos of southern New Jersey. He attended a small college in North Jersey, Felician College, on an athletic scholarship for cross-country, and moved on to Thomas Jefferson University to complete his Doctoral training in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, Matt moved to San Francisco and worked at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). While at CPMC, Matt obtained his Neurologic Clinical Specialist Board Certification and treated patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord, and other disabling conditions. Working on two research studies at CPMC motivated Matt to pursue his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Colorado. His mixed-methods dissertation examined the effects of psychosocial factors on rehabilitation and physical activity outcomes for people with amputation due to complications of diabetes or vascular disease. Additionally, he worked on multiple clinical trials focused on rehabilitation delivered physical activity behavior change interventions. Outside of work, you will probably see Matt biking, running, hiking, and eating his way through SF! 

What’s something about you that would surprise most people? 

Matt occasionally makes his own biking caps and loves to laugh (sometimes too loudly)! 

 

Anna Parks

Anna Parks, MD

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Track: T32 Research
Medical School: UCSF
Residency: UCSF

Bio

Anna grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and then went to Yale University for college, where she studied History. Between college and medical school, she went to culinary school in Buenos Aires. She moved to SF for medical school at UCSF and stayed for residency, a Chief Resident year at the SFVA, and now Heme/Onc fellowship. Her clinical and research interest is in Non-Malignant Hematology in the geriatric population. She is a recipient of the National Institute on Aging-sponsored Aging Research T32 Fellowship through the Division of Geriatrics at UCSF. Her research focuses on improving cancer-associated thrombosis outcomes in older adults. Prior to Hematology/Oncology fellowship, she also served a two-year term as a junior editor for JAMA Internal Medicine during residency. In her spare time, she hosts dinner parties, reads fiction and hikes with her husband, son and misbehaved dog. 

If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?

If I were a pasta shape, I would be orecchiette- the perfect pillowy vessel for any sauce.

 

Mazie Tsang

Mazie Tsang, MD

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Track: T32 Research
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame, BA, Theology and Pre-professional Studies
​​​​Medical School: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Graduate School: 
University of Hawaii, MS, Anatomy and Physiology
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Bio

Why geriatrics?

Growing up in Hawaii, I gravitated towards spending my time with older adults, who are cherished as our "kupuna" filled with wisdom. I have since learned so much from my older patients and enjoy hearing their life stories. As a future hematologist/oncologist, I would like my work to give back to them by helping improve the life of and the quality of care that we provide to our older adults with cancer.

What are your interests in medicine?

I am interested in the intersection of geriatrics/palliative care and malignant hematology, with a focus on patient-reported outcomes, decision-making in older adults, and the care of older adults with advanced cancers. 

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Exploring California outdoors, going to museums, playing/re-learning the piano, time with family

VA Quality Scholars 

Irene Cole, RN, PhD, COS-C  |  Charlie Dharmasukrit, RN, PhD  |  Kenneth Lam, MD  |  Anna Oh, BSN, MSN, MPH  |  Joanna R. Sells, M.S., Ph.D.  |  Lulu Tsao, MD

Irene Cole

Irene Cole, RN, PhD, COS-C

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Track: VA Quality Scholars Program
Nursing School: UCSF, Community Health Systems Department

Bio

I obtained my undergraduate nursing degree from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, where my interest and skills developed for community health settings.  I quickly transferred my clinical practice to home health and hospice care where I eventually developed and coordinated a multidisciplinary diabetes specialty program.  This program operated in the SF Bay Area and included cross-over to hospice and palliative care during the AIDS crisis and early liver transplant recovery programs.  In 1998, I graduated with my Master’s degree from UCSF School of Nursing, Community Health Systems, having performed original research as a thesis regarding the incidence of hypoglycemia in home bound elders receiving skilled home health care.  Obtaining a Master’s degree stimulated career change toward quality management, working in directorships in large home health organizations and a few years as a contractor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with a focus on home health quality for California.  In 2017, I graduated again from the UCSF School of Nursing, Community Health Systems department, with my doctorate, performing a secondary analysis of clinical data from one home health agency, investigating home health operations variables and influence on readmissions to the hospital during skilled home health services.  Post-fellowship, I wish to continue work in quality/performance improvement using population health principles, in larger healthcare settings.  I also wish to continue performance of health services research and publication to influence policy.

Fun Facts:

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

I love being with friends and family, preparing beautiful vegetarian food, visiting museums, gardening, dreaming of travel, watching British shows with my mom, and absolutely love getting neck deep in thoughts of home renovation and interior design.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

 I could make a long list of hard-learned lessons and wonderful advice.  Here is one of my professional principles after years of practice:  Be solution oriented – do not arrive with complaints or issues without suggestions or a positive attitude of improvement and an open mind to start the process.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

I had the pleasure of hearing Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN speak at the American Academy of Nursing Policy Conference last year.  She is a member of the AARP Board of Directors and their National Volunteer President.  Her dynamic, outspoken views on ageism in the workforce, her courage in blazing trails throughout her life as an African-American woman in healthcare and her tireless energy to improve life for elders, is outstanding.

What would you like to accomplish at the end of your fellowship?

A successful completion of the fellowship will include results of one or more improvement projects worthy of presentation and implementation, to benefit the care to veterans.  A personal goal is to have my dissertation published (several articles).  After which, I would love to be able to position myself in a system that values quality, in a commensurate position working or teaching population health.

What are some causes you care about?

Professionally, causes/topics of interest are readmissions to the hospital from the community (and reduction there-of), elder mental health, caregiver burden in the community, infection/sepsis and single mothers in the workforce.  In the world at large, causes I care about are environment/climate change, single moms, promoting diversity, improving support regarding mental health in our communities, and affordable healthcare.

What would your back-up career be?

I would have LOVED to work for the CDC, donning the hazmat suits and studying major infectious diseases from a US or global perspective.  A completely alternate career would be design – my own business in home renovation or print-making.

Charlie Dharmasukrit

Charlie Dharmasukrit, RN, PhD

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Track: VA Quality Scholars Program
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley, BA, Molecular and Cell Biology
Nursing school: CSU Sacramento
Graduate school: UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, MS/PhD, Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership
Fellowship program name and field: VA Quality Scholars

Bio

Why geriatrics?
I enjoy geriatrics because I want to help solve the problems of fragmented and impersonal care that frequently affect the care of our older adults. I also enjoy the inspiration from listening to the stories that older adults often share and the satisfaction I get from working to ensure older adults receive care that matches their preferences and goals.

What are your interests in medicine?
My research focuses around improving perioperative care, with a focus on improving functional ability and addressing the social and health needs of older adults undergoing surgery. 

What hobbies do you enjoy?
Eating with friends/family, Traveling, and Swimming

 

Kenneth Lam

Kenneth Lam, MD

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Track: VA Quality Scholars Program
Medical School: Western University (Ontario, Canada)
Residency: University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

Bio

Kenneth Lam is a board certified internist in Canada and the United States with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He recently completed a two-year fellowship in Geriatrics at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a geriatrician with education in engineering, he is interested in health system navigation and how services are deployed for and accessed by complex, frail and disabled older adults.

Fun Facts:

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Climbing outside with friends. It’s less about the actual climbing and more about being outside, challenging yourself and also encouraging each other, and having plentiful opportunity to catch up over an activity.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

I’ve been musing recently on two pieces of complementary advice. The first is to be grateful, enjoy and appreciate how far I’ve come in my career – you’re a doctor, you’re very fortunate, and you have a lot to offer. The second is to swing big – now’s the time to take a risk, try, and make a difference using the security that you have.

What would you like to accomplish at the end of your fellowship?

The fellowship is a short two years! The issue that really bothers me is the friction that frail and disabled older patients face when they try to get care. There will always be an intrinsic difficulty to sickness and aging, but I think there is an indignity and subtle cruelty with how the system treats older adults and I firmly believe many of their wishes are modest but left unmet. I think the way out is better recognition of common patterns in how people struggle with aging, followed by a clustering of services around those patterns but that’s a big project. By fellowship end, I just want to establish a small foothold in figuring out this space.

 

Anna Oh

Anna Oh, BSN, MSN, MPH

Anna.Oh@ucsf.edu
Track: VA Quality Scholars Program
Graduate School: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing

Bio

A Bay Area native, Anna completed her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College and master’s studies in nursing and public health at Johns Hopkins. Anna will receive her PhD in nursing with a focus on health policy from UCSF in August 2019. Anna has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings as a nurse in neurosciences, hematology oncology, and clinical services research.

Anna wants to apply her clinical and research background in outcomes research and program evaluation to maintain and improve the health and quality of life in community-residing older adults and make tangible, sustainable improvements in the delivery of and access to health care services.   

Fun Facts:

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

Leana Wen. An intelligent, articulate, and thoughtful woman dedicated to improving health outcomes and access to health care for vulnerable and underserved populations

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about you?

Oboe player, competitive figure skater, flying trapeze.

 

Joanna Sells

Joanna R. Sells, M.S., Ph.D.

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Track: VA Quality Scholars Program
Specialty: Addiction and chronic pain
Graduate School: Uniformed Services University Medical & Clinical Psychology Program
Internship: San Francisco VA Health Care System Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship

Bio

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Joanna has seen how systems in both Canada and the U.S. can serve the public good and is passionate about improving them.  Following the completion of her B.A. in Psychology from American University, she worked in non-profits supporting people with serious mental illness and conducted cultural diversity studies at the University of Southern California.  She was then awarded a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health where she spent two years coordinating an inpatient clinical trial to treat comorbid alcohol use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Following her work at NIH, she completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD.  During graduate school, Joanna completed an internship in the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama.  She has published and presented articles that promote student engagement in policy. Her dissertation was an NIH F31 funded collaboration with investigators at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism using smartphones to examine impaired control in binge drinking.  Joanna enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and cooking vegetarian treats with her husband, Kyle.

Fun Facts:

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Walking on the beach, bicycling through Golden Gate Park, or traveling.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

 “Life is what happens while you’re making plans”

What would your back-up career be?

Travel writer

Lulu Tsao

Lulu Tsao, MD

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Track: VA Quality Scholars Program
Graduate School: ​​​​​​