I'm a San Francisco Bay Area native and couldn't be happier working with the staff, faculty, and residents within the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine. After a 5-year southern California foray (at UCLA for undergrad), I returned home to UCSF for medical school, followed by residency at Alameda County Medical Center (Highland Hospital), and remained on faculty at UCSF. While I've been involved in medical education for several years (including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education), I'm thrilled to be taking on a greater role within the residency program. I have an interest in quality/performance measurement in emergency medicine and infectious disease (pneumonia and sepsis), and am currently serving as the chair of the SAEM External Collaboration Committee. In my over abundant free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing soccer with my kids, hiking, and following the Oakland A's.
Associate Residency Program Director
Esther used to think she was an East Coast girl, a New Yorker, but somehow seemed to find herself wandering back to California. She spent 4 sunny years at Stanford getting a bachelor's degree in Biology (almost became a marine biologist!), decided to pursue medicine at SUNY Stony Brook, and finished her training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. As the Associate Residency Director and the Director for Medical Student Education for many years at Penn, she became involved in shaping the residency and medical student curriculum, honing her teaching skills, and developing several Simulation teaching modules. She has research interests in graduate medical education and the clinical evaluation of abdominal pain. She is really excited about returning to the Bay Area and helping to shape the new EM residency at UCSF! When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and new baby girl, traveling, biking, and curling up with a good book.
Assistant Residency Program Director
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and studied psychology and anthropology at Case Western Reserve University where I definitively decided that snow was not for me. I went to medical school at UPenn in Philly and made the west coast move for residency here at UCSF, as the 2nd class through the program. Life here was too good to leave, so I was fortunate to stay on as faculty. I am really interested in medical education research focusing on innovative forms of assessment and learning, decision-making, and bias. I also really enjoy working with residents. In my free time I love being a foodie in SF, sailing our sailboat to exotic locations, land traveling, and spending time with my two dogs.
Assistant Residency Program Director
As a bay area native (born in San Francisco, raised in Oakland) I considered my appointment at UCSF a homecoming. My undergraduate education was in molecular biology at UC Berkeley followed by a stint at San Francisco State for a masters in biomedical laboratory sciences. The next 7 years were spent out of state: medical school at the University of Tennessee, Memphis and residency at the University of Chicago, before returning to California for fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda. Upon completion of fellowship I came on board at UCSF and care for patients of all ages. As an inaugural member of the new division of pediatric emergency medicine my focus lie in bedside teaching, coordinating procedure workshops and small group sessions, and lecturing on a variety of pediatric presentation in the emergency department. My spare time hobbies include watching 49er football and exploring the bay area food scene with family and friends.
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Despite growing up in Southern California, I have always had a secret passion for Northern California and I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine Education Leadership team. I received my bachelor’s degree in Physiology from UCLA and my medical degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine. During my Emergency Medicine residency training at Alameda County Medical Center (Highland Hospital) is when I truly fell in love with all that Northern California has to offer. After residency, I became the first EM Global Health Fellow at UCSF and later stayed on as faculty. My academic interests are in global health, emergency ultrasound, and medical education. I have been fortunate to teach emergency medicine internationally in Kenya, South Sudan, Haiti, Thailand and Uganda. As the Clerkship Director, I have the amazing job of teaching medical students about the exciting and rewarding specialty of emergency medicine. In my free time, I enjoy surfing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and hiking through Land’s End with my wife and young son.
Assistant Medical Student Clerkship Director
Residency Research Director
I’m a native Texan but have crisscrossed the country for my training: I attended Notre Dame for undergrad (Go Irish), Harvard for med school and then completed a five-year combined emergency medicine/internal medicine residency at UCLA Medical Center. My intrigue with the complex physiology of the critically ill patient led me to a two-year critical care fellowship at Stanford Medical Center. I am board certified in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and critical care medicine. Regarding my research mentorship philosophy, I believe that exposure to basic clinical research is essential for physicians to develop an analytical grasp and appreciation of the medical literature. With the diversity of research experience at our two sites and an outstanding faculty who are committed to research mentorship, we offer our residents and students a broad array of research opportunities and are able to meet the research needs of any EM resident.
Educational Programs Administrator