Top Doctors 2023

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Shivani Bhutani, M.D.
Shivani Bhutani, M.D., Photo by Tim Engle.

They are the heroes of health care. They are the champions of wellness. Their careers are all about keeping you and your loved ones in the best physical and mental shape possible. They are the region’s Top Doctors, selected through a formal process similar to the peer-to-peer process doctors themselves use to connect their patients to the right specialists. Professional Research Services, LLC conducted our survey, verifying each doctor’s credentials and specific areas of expertise. To learn more about the process, go to prscom.com.

We also asked eight of the physicians to share their insights on subjects ranging from neonatal medicine to geriatrics.

Addiction Medicine

ALICIA AGNOLI
UC Davis Health – Family and Community Medicine
(916) 734-3630

ANGELLA A. BARR
Chemical Dependency Treatment Associates
(916) 333-5955

CHRISTINE R. BELL
C.O.R.E. Medical Clinic, Inc.
(916) 442-4985

DANIEL K. COLBY
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine Department
(916) 734-3790

ALOK KRISHNA
Family Medical Clinic of Greater Sacramento,
(916) 569-8585

MARTIN LEAMON
UC Davis Health – Addiction
Medicine, (916) 703-5660

ALLISON MEISNER
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 482-1132

AIMEE MOULIN
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine Department
(916) 734-5010

MICHAEL S. PARR
Chemical Dependency Treatment Associates
(916) 333-5955

MANU SAINI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 482-1132

JOANNA C. SHEPHERD
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 482-1132

CHRISTOPHER ZEGERS
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 482-1132

Adolescent Medicine

SCOTT CHARLES BUDD
Sutter Medical,
(916) 924-9337

LAURA M. KESTER PRAKASH
UC Davis Health – Pediatrics
(916) 734-3112

CINDY SCHORZMAN
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
(530) 752-2304

Allergy and Immunology

MATTHEW S. BOWDISH
The Allergy Center at Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat,
(916) 736-6644

BRADLEY CHIPPS
Capital Allergy & Respiratory Disease Center
(916) 453-8696

ANGELINA M. CRANS YOON
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-7288

SEAN G. DEANE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 627-7500

VICTORIA R. DIMITRIADES
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Allergy and Rheumatology,
(916) 734-3112

GORDON GARCIA
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 627-7500

MUDITA GOGNA
Sutter Health – Sutter Capitol Pavilion ENT & Audiology
(916) 736-6644

MARK I. GRIJNSZTEIN
Sutter Medical Plaza Elk Grove
(916) 478-6555

ROSEMARY L. HALLETT
UC Davis Health – Allergy and Rheumatology
(916) 783-7109

MARC D. IKEDA
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 627-7500

SYEDA R. INAMDAR
Dignity Health Mercy Medical
Group, (916) 691-8581

NAYOUNG KIM
Kaiser Permanente – Rancho Cordova Medical Offices
(916) 631-3088

ARVIND KUMAR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville
Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4220

BINITA MANDAL
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 560-0165

RAJAN MERCHANT
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-0357

TRAVIS A. MILLER
The Allergy Station
(916) 238-6238

ANH P. NGUYEN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Allergy and Rheumatology,
(916) 734-3112

NEIL G. PARIKH
Capital Allergy & Respiratory Disease Center,
(916) 453-8696

CHIRAAG S. PATEL
Granite Bay Allergy, Asthma & Immunology,
(916) 771-2531

TROY SCRIBNER
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4220

SUZANNE S. TEUBER
UC Davis Health – Allergy and Rheumatology,
(916) 734-2737

RANI VATTI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 480-6500

Anesthesiology

RICHARD L. APPLEGATE II
UC Davis Health – Anesthesiology,
(916) 734-5048

SHANTHI ARIBINDI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2520

ANITHA AYYALAPU
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2520

CHRISTINE R. BELL
C.O.R.E. Medical Clinic, Inc.
(916) 442-4985

DAVID A. CAIN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5000

GREGORY M. COX
Sutter Health,
(916) 481-0777

DOUGLAS E. CROCKETT
Sutter Health,
(916) 481-6800

KARYN D’ADDIO-RILEY
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5000

RAJVINDER S. DHAMRAIT
UC Davis Health – Anesthesiology
(916) 734-5031

ROBERT F. DONG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2520

RICHARD W. DUNBAR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4000

VIKEN FARAJIAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4000

JOHN P. HENAO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4000

AMARDEEP S. HEYER
C.A.S.E. Medical Group
(800) 642-6040

RUBEN G. KOSHY
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2520

ROBERT SCOTT KRISS
UC Davis Health – Anesthesiology
(916) 734-5031

SUNGEUN LEE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
(916) 784-4000

SETH LERNER
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2520

NIROOP R. RAVULA
UC Davis Health – Anesthesiology
(916) 734-5031

CATHERINE WHANG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4000


Debbie A. Aizenberg, M.D.
Debbie A. Aizenberg, M.D., photo by Tim Engle.

Debbie A. Aizenberg, M.D.
Ear, Nose and Throat
UC DAVIS DEPARTMENT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY HEAD AND NECK SURGERY

Surprise, surprise: Q-Tips are not to be used for cleaning out dirty ears—at least according to otolaryngologist Debbie A. Aizenberg, M.D. “People come in and apologize for not cleaning out their earwax, but I tell them they’re doing everything right,” says Aizenberg, who goes on to explain that earwax is actually good for us. “It lubricates the ear, carries away the dead skin cells and has antibacterial properties. Most of the time, it’s best to leave earwax alone.”

What else might surprise us about the ENT world? It’s an often-misunderstood specialty. ENT is an actual surgical subspecialty, so it’s not just clinical in nature. We handle everything from straightforward issues in the office to very significant head and neck surgeries. The anatomy of the head and neck is extremely complex because so many different functional structures are located close to one another—structures that are responsible for many critical functions, such as breathing, speaking, swallowing, hearing, facial expressions, taste and smell. Some of the operations we perform are large and open, and others involve endoscopes and microscopes. The variety is just amazing.

You’re sometimes working within very tiny spaces. That must be tricky business. The smallest bones in the body are found in the middle ear. There are three tiny bones that, together, are smaller than a penny. So when we’re operating on these structures and in other small spaces, you can imagine just how fine these procedures are.

Your clinical focus is pediatrics. What’s that like? It’s a challenge working with children, because sometimes they put beads in their ears and Legos up their noses. You have to find ways to reduce stress and make it a positive experience.


Breast Surgery

CATHERINE M. BAKER
Sutter Health,
(916) 878-4950

YONA BARASH
Sutter Health – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 863-1805

RICHARD J. BOLD
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

CLAUDIA DEYOUNG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

JOELLE L. JAKOBSEN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 351-4800

JAMES LEHRER
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5235

JASON LONDEREE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5235

MELINDA MORTENSON
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5235

BRIE NARDY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

CANDICE A. SAUDER
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

MICHAEL G. SCHLIEMAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

CHRISTIAN SWANSON
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 351-4800

BROOKE VUONG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

Cardiac Surgery

ZACHARY E. BREWER
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 733-6850

MICHAEL CHOW
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 733-4100

SABRINA A. EVANS
UC Davis Medical Center – Cardiothoracic Surgery
(800) 282-3284

JOSEPH HUH
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 733-4100

MICHAEL T. INGRAM SR.
Sutter Health – Buhler Specialty Pavilion,
(916) 887-4845

ROBERT KINCADE
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-4845

ALLEN MORRIS
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 546-5107

TEIMOUR NASIROV
Sutter Health,
(916) 340-0111

GARY W. RAFF
Shriners Hospital for Children
(916) 453-2191

VICTOR M. RODRIGUEZ
UC Davis Medical Center – Cardiothoracic Surgery
(916) 734-2680

KAPIL SHARMA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 545-5107

HENRY ZHU
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 733-4100

Cardiology

ROHIT BHASKAR
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4992

RADHIKA N. BUKKAPATNAM
UC Davis Health – Cardiovascular Medicine,
(916) 783-7109

HOWARD H. DINH
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4000

RICHARD P. ERICSON
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-4040

DALI FAN
UC Davis Health – Cardiovascular Medicine,
(800) 348-0499

KRISZTIAN KAPINYA
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5282

ANURADHA KHURANA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5657

PETER S. KIM
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5282

ROBERT KIRCHNER
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5657

RISHI A. MENON
Sutter Health,
(916) 782-2146

PETER MILES
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4000

SANDEEP MITTAL
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
(916) 784-5657

NAVIN NAKRA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
(916) 784-5657

STEPHEN PETERS
Sutter Health – Roseville Cardiologists
(916) 782-2146

FEMI PHILIP
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville
Medical Center, (916) 784-5657

DAVID K. ROBERTS III
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-4040

HARN-CHERNG SHIUE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
(916) 784-5657

GAGAN D. SINGH
UC Davis Health – Cardiovascular Medicine
(916) 734-3761

KARANJIT SINGH
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group
(916) 735-4129

THOMAS SMITH
UC Davis Health – Cardiovascular Medicine
(800) 282-3284

JEFFREY A. SOUTHARD
UC Davis Health – Cardiovascular Medicine
(800) 282-3284

UMA N. SRIVATSA
UC Davis Health – Cardiovascular Medicine
(916) 734-3761

KEVIN STOKKE
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-0357

NEELIMA VALLURUPALLI
Sutter Health – Buhler Specialty Pavilion
(916) 887-4040

GARRETT B. WONG
UC Davis Health – Cardiovascular Medicine
(916) 734-3761

ZI-JIAN XU
Sutter Health
(916) 887-4040

SANJAY V. YADLAPALLI
Sutter Health
(916) 782-2146

YINGBO YANG
Sutter Health
(916) 887-4040

ZOE YU
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4000

Colon and Rectal Surgery

JAMES M. CONNER
Sacramento Colon and Rectal
Surgery Medical Group Inc.
(916) 231-1050

BURZEEN E. KARANJAWALA
Sacramento Colon and Rectal
Surgery Medical Group Inc.
(916) 231-1050

THOMAS MAGRINO
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-0357

DANIEL SHIBRU
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

JEANNE YU
Sacramento Colon and Rectal
Surgery Medical Group Inc.
(916) 231-1050

Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease

JASON Y. ADAMS
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 734-8230

MUHAMMAD AFZAL
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
(916) 325-1040

SHAWN S. AGHILI
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
(916) 786-7498

SHERRY M. ANDREWS
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
(916) 784-5375

PARIMAL THAKORBHAI BHARUCHA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group
(916) 537-5000

HUGH BLACK
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 734-8230

KAPIL DHAWAN
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
(916) 325-1040

SAMJOT DHILLON
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
(916) 784-5375

DARSHAN R DHINGANI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group
(916) 512-6262

ALI GHIAS
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
(916) 784-5375

JEFFRY H. JONES
Sutter Health
(916) 925-2096

BROOKS T. KUHN
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 734-8230

YUEN W. KWAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

FRANCIS LAM
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

PETEY LAO
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

SAMUEL LOUIE
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 734-8230

GREGORY MARELICH
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

SUSAN MURIN
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 734-7131

DAN-VINH P. NGUYEN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

CHINH T. PHAN
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 734-8230

SETH ROBINSON
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-0021

CHRISTIAN SANDROCK
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(800) 282-3284

CHRISTIAN M. SEBAT
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 985-9300

WALTER SHAKESPEARE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center
(916) 784-5375

SHAJI D. SKARIA
Shaji D. Skaria, MD Private Practice
(916) 865-4668

ERNEST PIERCE STEWART
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

NICHOLAS S. STOLLENWERK
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 734-8230

BRENT E. VAN HOOZEN
Sutter Health
(916) 679-3590

VANESSA JANE WALKER
Sutter Health
(916) 679-3590

AMIR A. ZEKI
UC Davis Health-Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care
(916) 734-8230


Toussaint Mears-Clarke, M.D.
Toussaint Mears-Clarke, M.D., photo by Tim Engle.

Toussaint Mears-Clarke, M.D.
Family Medicine
DIGNITY HEALTH-MERCY FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

Toussaint Mears-Clarke, M.D., jokes about “getting to socialize all day” at work—something you might not expect to hear from a doctor. But connecting with people is really what it’s all about, says Mears- Clarke, who credits his Jamaican upbringing—and his mother—for his love of community and his desire to help others. “In Jamaica, everyone is treated as family,” he says. “My mom always believed everyone had a story and had something to teach you.” Mears-Clarke says he sees that lesson reflected every day at Dignity Health, where he juggles a patient caseload alongside teaching duties, helping to train the next generation of family-medicine doctors.

Why did you choose to specialize in family medicine? When you’re in med school, a primary decision for most is: Do you want to be a surgeon or not? I had my surgery rotation, and it was not my favorite. I went through all the other rotations, and I liked delivering babies, seeing kids, going to the hospital, going to the ER—I liked it all. And I realized the only way to be able to do all of that would be to work in family medicine.

What are some of the biggest issues in family medicine today? Lack of workforce diversity is the first thing that comes to mind. The demographics of the physician workforce doesn’t necessarily match that of the patient population, and that’s a disservice because studies show that a diversified workforce tends to result in better patient outcomes. Physician burnout is also a major issue.

But on the upside, being a family-medicine doctor is so fun and so cool, because about 95% of the issues people have are common things that we can treat. That’s a subjective number, but for most issues, all you need is a primary care doctor.


Dermatology

OMA N. AGBAI
UC Davis Health – Dermatology
(916) 734-6111

MIRZA A. ALIKHAN
Sutter Medical Group Dermatology
(916) 733-3792

SMITA AWASTHI
UC Davis Health – Dermatology-Pediatric,
(916) 734-6111

SUSAN L. BOONE
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices
(916) 478-5671

ALISON A. BOUDREAUX
Calkin & Boudreaux Dermatology Associates,
(916) 646-3376

ELYN V. BOWERS
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 733-3327

ROBERT L. BURNS
Kaiser Permanente – Rancho Cordova Medical Offices
(916) 631-2142

BARBARA A. BURRALL
UC Davis Health – Dermatology
(916) 734-6111

CHRISTIE L. CARROLL
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8225

CINDY CHAMBERS
Pacific Skin Institute
(916) 925-7020

AIESKA DE SOUZA
Sutter Health,
(916) 797-4766

CHRISTINE DOHERTY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-7700

SEAN DOHERTY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-7700

MICHAEL FAZIO
Sutter Health,
(916) 492-1828

FARZAM GOROUHI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2045

ANN F. HAAS
Sutter Health,
(916) 733-3792

YONG HE
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 844-1591

MARY E. HORNER
Dermatology Consultants of Sacramento,
(916) 739-1505

SAM T. HWANG
UC Davis Health – Dermatology
(916) 734-6111

MARY ANN N. JOHNSON
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 857-9476

SUZANNE L. KILMER
Laser & Skin Surgery Medical Group, Inc.,
(916) 456-0400

JESSE KRAMER
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 844-1591

WEN KUO
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 771-7700

KAREN Y. NISHIMURA
Sutter Health,
(916) 797-4766

KORY PARSI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2045

MARGARET E. PARSONS
Sutter Health,
(916) 739-1505

ADAM PETTEY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-7700

JASDEEP SHARMA
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2045

MARC SILVERSTEIN
UC Davis Health – Dermatology
(916) 286-6130

RAJA SIVAMANI
Pacific Skin Institute
(916) 925-7020

DANIELLE M. TARTAR
UC Davis Health – Dermatology
(916) 734-6111

SIMA TORABIAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 771-7700

BYRON J. VAN DYKE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-7700

PEGGY A. WU
UC Davis Health – Dermatology
(916) 734-6657

AN YEN
Pacific Skin Institute
(916) 925-7020

Ear, Nose and Throat

DEBBIE A. AIZENBERG
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-2801

BEN J. BALOUGH
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6350

PETER C. BELAFSKY
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-5400

ARNAUD F. BEWLEY
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-5400

JUDITH M. BLAZUN
Sutter Health – Otolaryngology
ENT – Head and Neck Surgery
(916) 262-9456

CRAIGHTON CHIN
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8225

DAVID J. CUA
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5322

RODNEY C. DIAZ
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-5400

VISHAL DOCTOR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5880

TIM A. FIFE
Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat
(916) 782-1291

JAMIE FUNAMURA
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Otolaryngology
(916) 734-5400

C. E. GAGE
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-7920

BEN G. GOLDWYN
Sutter Health – Sutter Capitol Pavilion ENT & Audiology
(916) 262-9456

ELI R. GROPPO
Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat
(916) 736-3399

ANNE JOHNSTONE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6350

SALLY KAMAL
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5322

MAGGIE A. KUHN
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-5400

LEVI LEDGERWOOD
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6350

RICHARD MCHUGH
Kaiser Permanente – South
Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6350

DEANNE NYLAND
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(855) 968-2684

KATHARINE OSTEDGAARD
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2600

RANDALL A. OW
Sutter Health,
(916) 782-1291

NIMA PAHLAVAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5322

SHANNON POTI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6350

BRIAN RUBINSTEIN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2600

SHOAB SIDDIQUE
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 864-3725

LANE D. SQUIRES
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 295-5768

TOBY O. STEELE
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-5400

EDWARD B. STRONG
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-5400

TRAVIS T. TOLLEFSON
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-2347

YUK YEE YAU
Kaiser Permanente – South
Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6350

MATTHEW ZAVOD
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8339

Emergency Medicine

EMILY R. ANDRADA-BROWN
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(800) 282-3284

DAVID K. BARNES
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(916) 734-3790

TREVOR CADOGAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

DANIEL K. COLBY
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(916) 734-3790

JOHN P. DUTTON
Sutter Health,
(916) 781-1800

ANDREW R. ELMS
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

ARTHUR R. JEY
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-1130

MELISSA JONES
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4050

IAN M. JULIE
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(916) 734-3790

NATHAN KUPPERMANN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital–Pediatric Emergency Medicine
(800) 282-3284

ERIK G. LAURIN
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(916) 734-3790

JULIA MAGANA
UC Davis Children’s Hospital–Pediatric Emergency Medicine
(916) 734-5010

LISA D. MILLS
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(916) 734-3790

CATHERINE NORBUTAS
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

VIRAG J. SHAH
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

KARA A. TOLES
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(916) 734-3790

SAMUEL D. TURNIPSEED
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(916) 734-3790

KATREN R. TYLER
UC Davis Health – Emergency Medicine,
(916) 734-3790

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

MIYA E. ALLEN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(916) 497-3040

ADEELA N. ANSARI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 535-3372

SHAZIA FAIZ
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-7414

KENT K. ISHIHARA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4004

JOYCE C. LEARY
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4644

LARA LEVIN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4644

JAGMEET MANGAT
Sutter Health,
(916) 774-8384

MARK M. MORIWAKI
UC Davis Health – Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
(916) 734-2737

CHAITHRA PRASAD
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4004

SAIMA SAJID-CROCKETT
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4004

DANA M. SHEELY
UC Davis Health – Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
(916) 734-2737

CRAIG SMITH
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4644

YOU S. TAY
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(916) 497-3040

DANIEL WONG
Sutter Health – Sutter Medical Center,
(916) 455-3700

ARTA F. ZOWGHI
Sutter Health,
(916) 774-8384

Family Medicine

ALICIA AGNOLI
UC Davis Health – Family and Community Medicine
(916) 734-3630

ROKSANA ALI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4182

ROGER ANG
Sutter Medical Plaza Roseville
(916) 774-8300

MEGAN M. ASH
Sutter Health – Alhambra Medical Office,
(916) 451-4400

THOMAS A. BALSBAUGH
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(866) 454-8855

SHAUNYE M. BELCHER
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 473-2826

ERWIN V. BOCO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4050

JOHN A. BROTHERS
Sutter Health,
919-451-4400

BILJINDER S. CHIMA
Rocklin Family Practice
(916) 624-0300

RINO DIZON
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(866) 454-8855

MICAELA (MIKA) GODZICH
UC Davis Health – Family and Community Medicine
(916) 443-3299

DINEEN J. GREER
Sutter Health – Alhambra Medical Office,
(916) 451-4400

KARUN F. GROSSMAN
Sutter Health – Sutter Medical Plaza Natomas,
(916) 285-8100

ALAN L. GROVE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4050

NATHAN C. HITZEMAN
Sutter Health – Alhambra Medical Office,
(916) 451-4400

ANTHONY F. JERANT
UC Davis Health – Family and Community Medicine
(916) 734-3630

ALOK KRISHNA
Family Medical Clinic of Greater Sacramento,
(916) 569-8585

DAVID W. LIN
Sutter Health,
(916) 399-6015

NIJHU CHOWDHURY MAHBUB
Kaiser Permanente – Fair Oaks Blvd Medical Office
(916) 973-5000

SARAH A. MARSHALL
UC Davis Health – Family and Community Medicine
(916) 734-3630

MATTHEW MCLAUGHLIN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4040

TOUSSAINT MEARS-CLARKE
Dignity Health – Mercy Family Health Center,
(877) 959-5817

MICHAEL MERER
Kaiser Permanente – Lincoln Medical Offices,
(916) 543-5400

CHRISTOPHER OLSON
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 473-2023

CAROLINE ORNELLAS
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(866) 454-8855

ANNA F. PINLAC SANCHEZ
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices
(916) 478-5100

CHRISTOPHER A. PRICE
Sutter Health,
(916) 868-6300

JOAN ROBERTS
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 827-3048

PARUL W. SINGH
Sutter Health,
(916) 781-9885

RYAN M. SPIELVOGEL
Sutter Health – Alhambra Medical Office,
(916) 451-4400

SA VANG
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(866) 454-8855

LEON D. WILLIAMS
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

JERROD D. WRITT
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(866) 454-8855

KOU YANG
Kaiser Permanente – Folsom Medical Offices,
(916) 817-5200

JOJET L. ZARA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4814

DAWEI ZHENG
Dawei Zheng, M.D., ABFM
American Board of Family Medicine,
(916) 896-1682

Gastroenterology

YASSER A. AL-ANTABLY
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2028

ALI AZARM
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5380

SRIPRIYA BALASUBRAMANIAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-6221

CHRISTOPHER L. BOWLUS
UC Davis Health – Gastroenterology,
(916) 734-0779

ALBERT J. CHANG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2028

RENEE DEBOSE
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4935

RAHUL S. DHILLON
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9370

SERAG DREDAR
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9370

JUAN C. GARCIA
UC Davis Health – Gastroenterology,
(916) 734-8616

JASON M. GUARDINO
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2028

CHHAYA HASYAGAR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-6221

ABDUL M. KHALEQ
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9370

RANA KHAN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 877-8552

HANSEN KWOK
Gastroenterology Associates of Sacramento,
(916) 454-1604

LINDA LEE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 973-5380

ROBERT LEVY
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2028

ANAND MADAN
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-6200

MICHAEL S. MAHONEY
Sutter Health,
(530) 886-6800

PALANIAPPAN MANICKAM
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4811

VALENTINA MEDICI
UC Davis Health – Gastroenterology,
(916) 734-0779

ROGER E. MENDIS
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9370

KOOROSH MOEZARDALAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 973-5380

JASBIR S. RANGI
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-6200

BHAVNEET SINGH
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-6221

JESSE L. STONDELL
UC Davis Health – Gastroenterology,
(916) 734-0779

CECILIA R. TERRADO
UC Davis Health – Gastroenterology,
(916) 734-0779

LOC TON
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2028

JASON UMPHRESS
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8166

ANASTASIA C. WAECHTER
UC Davis Health – Gastroenterology,
(916) 683-3978

YING WU
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2028

General Surgery

JOHN T. ANDERSON
UC Davis Health – Surgery
(800) 282-3284

DAVID C. H. BEFFA
Sutter Capitol Pavilion
(916) 262-9404

MICHAEL A. BENEKE
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9404

NATASHA BIR
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8166

MICHAEL J. CAMPBELL II
UC Davis Health- Surgery
(916) 734-5959

CHRISTOPHER K. CHIU
Kaiser Permanente – Lincoln Medical Offices,
(916) 784-4144

JANA CHTCHETININ
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

ANDRES X. CROWLEY
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

THOMAS L. DUGONI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

SEPIDEH GHOLAMI
UC Davis Health- Surgery
(916) 734-5959

GREGORY M. GRAVES
Sutter Health,
(916) 456-4428

ZEENAT R. HASAN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 864-9061

JOELLE L. JAKOBSEN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 351-4800

DAVID E. LESHIKAR
UC Davis Health- Surgery
(800) 282-3284

JASON LONDEREE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5235

ERIC T. LONDON
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9404

RICHARD J. PARENT
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

AJAY RANADE
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 526-3056

KRISTEN RATHBUN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

MICHAEL SCHLIEMAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

SHARON SHIRAGA
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5235

DAVID M. SKEEHAN
Sierra Pacific Surgical
(916) 848-6548

CHRISTIAN SWANSON
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 351-4800

GLENN TSE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

THOMAS WALBOLT
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

KAREN WIN VROOM
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8956

Genetics

MARTHANDA ESWARA
Sutter Health – Children Services
(916) 887-4832

KRISTIN C. HERMAN
UC Davis MIND Institute – Medical Genetics,
(916) 703-0300

MARK LIPSON
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 614-4075

MADELENA (MADDY) MARTIN
UC Davis MIND Institute – Medical Genetics,
(916) 703-0300

BILLUR MOGHADDAM
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 614-4075

SUMA P. SHANKAR
UC Davis MIND Institute – Medical Genetics,
(916) 703-0300

KAMER TEZCAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 614-4075


Shivani Bhutani, M.D.
Shivani Bhutani, M.D., photo by Tim Engle.

Shivani Bhutani, M.D.
Geriatric Medicine
DIGNITY HEALTH-MERCY MEDICAL GROUP

Dementia, dementia, dementia: We hear so much about it that it starts to feel like the lone ranger of ailments in the geriatric world. But there’s another “d” disease—delirium—that’s also common in the elderly, yet frequently overlooked. “Delirium is actually very underrecognized, so we tend to miss it,” says Shivani Bhutani, M.D., a geriatric medicine specialist. Ironically or not, delirium often occurs in people with dementia, says Bhutani. But they are two distinctly different conditions.

What is delirium and how can we recognize it? Delirium is a disorder of attention and awareness. It develops very suddenly and acutely, and it tends to fluctuate. That’s how we differentiate it from dementia. Delirium might persist for days to months, whereas dementia is a chronic condition.

A sudden change in mental functioning, a change in attention, are the symptoms to look for. Attention will fluctuate, they will have problems with memory and language, be disoriented. The onset is usually fairly obvious. “My mom is not quite acting right” is the typical line I hear.

Who is at highest risk? Elderly patients with cognitive deficits, including dementia, are at very high risk. Onset can happen at home, but often happens in the hospital: 30% or more of our older hospitalized patients develop delirium.

What causes it? With delirium, we have to sort of play detective to find the underlying medical illness and treat it. Is the patient dehydrated? Does she have an infection? Did she start a new medication? Did she fall? It could be any number of things.

Advice for caregivers who suspect their loved one has delirium? I would start with the primary care physician. But if they are deeply altered, or have signs of infection, go to emergency. The main thing is to recognize it right away and get timely medical attention.


Geriatric Medicine

SILVIA ARIZAGA PEVERINI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4050

SHIVANI BHUTANI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 733-3460

LISA CHAI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 614-4040

CALVIN H. HIRSCH
UC Davis Health – Geriatric Medicine,
(916) 734-7004

ASHKAN H. JAVAHERI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 733-3460

JESSICA MASOCOL
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

GEETHA PINGILI
Kaiser Permanente – Folsom Medical Offices,
(916) 817-5200

Gynecologic Oncology

HUI (AMY) CHEN
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

PRIYAL DHOLAKIYA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4841

KEVIN ELLIOTT
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 907-9210

WILEY FOWLER
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 864-9586

VANESSA A. KENNEDY
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

GARY S. LEISEROWITZ
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

VIKAS MAHAVNI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4055

NEHA SHAH
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 688-2055

NELL SUBY
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4055

Hand Surgery

ROBERT H. ALLEN
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery,
(916) 734-2700

CHRISTOPHER O. BAYNE
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery,
(916) 734-2700

BENJAMIN E. BLUTH
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 536-2408

JONATHAN A. GANT
Sutter Health – Sutter Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 797-4725

STEPHEN HANKINS
Sutter Health,
(916) 797-4725

MICHELLE A. JAMES
Shriners Hospital for Children
(916) 453-2180

ELSPETH KINNUCAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4045

SCOTT R. LIPSON
Sutter Health,
(916) 457-4263

MARY CLAIRE B. MANSKE
Shriners Hospital for Children
(916) 453-2191

SOHEIL A. PAYVANDI
Sutter Health,
(916) 389-7977

CLIFFORD T. PEREIRA
UC Davis Health – Surgery
(800) 282-3284

SEAN ROCHA
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2030

MURPHY M. STEINER
Sutter Health,
(916) 457-4263

DANIEL N. SWITLICK
Sutter Health,
(916) 797-4725

ROBERT M. SZABO
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery,
(800) 252-3456

NATHAN TAYLOR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4045

HOANG TRAN
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8723

MICHAEL VANCE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5275

Hematology and Oncology

MILI ARORA
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

DEEPTI BEHL
Sutter Health Research Enterprise
(916) 453-3300

KRISTIE A. BOBOLIS
Sutter Health – Roseville Medical Plaza Care Center,
(916) 782-5106

HELEN K. CHEW
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

I-YEH GONG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2086

LAI HUI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(916) 497-3100

BRIAN A. JONAS
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

JOHN M. KAILATH
Sierra Hematology and Oncology
(916) 962-1544

EDWARD J. KIM
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

ELIAS KIWAN
Sutter Health,
(916) 733-4400

RAM N. LALCHANDANI
Sutter Health,
(916) 962-1544

LISA LAW
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5626

TIANHONG LI
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

BIJAY NAIR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5626

SIVAKUMAR REDDY
Sutter Health,
(916) 782-5106

SONIA REICHERT
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8204

JONATHAN W. RIESS
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

NITIN ROHATGI
Sutter Health,
(916) 734-2680

GURVINDER SHAHEED
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 633-0016

SAMER SHIHABI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4674

RYAN STEVENSON
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2086

DAVID SUN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2086

JOSEPH M. TUSCANO
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

NAVNEET VIRK
Sutter Health,
(916) 967-4363

STEPHEN WANG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2086

THEODORE WUN
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

RUPINDER K. CHIMA
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 627-7685

NATHAN P. FAIRMAN
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

GEORGE KURT GALLARDO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 648-6920

SHELLY GARONE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 977-3017

ANNEMARIE HARGADON
UC Davis Health – Hospice and Palliative Medicine,
(916) 734-5959

MARGARET LEUNG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 648-690

JOHN F. MACMILLAN JR.
UC Davis Health – Hospice and Palliative Medicine,
(916) 734-8230

JANELLE MINTER
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 627-7685

THERESA MURDOCK-VLAUTIN
UC Davis Health – Pediatric Critical Care,
(916) 734-2011

HARITHEERTHAM NAGARAJ
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
(916) 786-7498

GREG P. NAUGHTON
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 648-6920

SAMEERA SANDHU
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4954

JOHN SCHARF
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 977-3017

JEFFREY YEE
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 560-0209

Hospital Medicine/Hospitalist

MICHAEL J. ABATE
Sutter Medical Center
(916) 733-3777

MURALI ADUSUMALLI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 986-4426

JONATHAN ARON
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

CATHERINE Y. CHIA
UC Davis Health – Hospital Medicine,
(800) 482-3284

NELSON KUANG-YU CHIANG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

GARY S. CHU
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

VAN F. GESLANI
Sutter Health – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 733-3777

RAJESWARI JAYARAMAN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 983-7400

ROBERT B. JOBE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4050

ANDREW LEE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

MITHU S. MOLLA
UC Davis Health – Hospital Medicine,
(800) 282-3284

DEBBY SENTANA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 537-5079


Nwando Eze, M.D.
Nwando Eze, M.D., photo by Tim Engle.

Nwando Eze, M.D.
Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
KAISER PERMANENTE-ROSEVILLE MEDICAL CENTER

It’s a godsend, to be sure, offering preemies and other critically ill babies specialized 24/7 care and increased odds of survival. Still, nobody really wants their newborn to end up in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). “It can be very anxiety-provoking for families,” says Nwando Eze, M.D. “Many feel helpless because they’re unsure how to help their sick babies.” The best antidote, she says, is to make families part of their baby’s core treatment team—an approach known as family-centered medicine, one of Eze’s main focuses as regional medical director of neonatology for Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

Can you provide an example of how you involve families in the care of their infants? One great example is our emphasis on kangaroo or skin-toskin care, in which the baby is placed on the parent’s chest to achieve skin-to-skin contact for a few hours a day. Not only does it increase parental bonding and milk production, but evidence has shown it leads to improved heart rate, breathing, digestion, feeding readiness and temperature regulation. We also provide many classes to provide parents the tools to successfully care for their babies in the NICU and at home.

How has family-centered care in neonatology evolved? There has been an increased emphasis on family-centered care in neonatology over the years. It used to be that standard care delivery in the NICU was the health care team providing care and updating the families on how the baby is doing. Toward the second half of the 20th century, family-centered care emerged as an important part of meeting the psychosocial and developmental needs of children.

What’s it like to do this work? Having an ill loved one, especially a child, can be one of the most vulnerable and trying times in a family’s life. It is a privilege to be part of a team that serves and supports families during this difficult time.


Geriatric Medicine

SILVIA ARIZAGA PEVERINI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4050

SHIVANI BHUTANI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 733-3460

LISA CHAI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 614-4040

CALVIN H. HIRSCH
UC Davis Health – Geriatric Medicine,
(916) 734-7004

ASHKAN H. JAVAHERI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 733-3460

JESSICA MASOCOL
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

GEETHA PINGILI
Kaiser Permanente – Folsom Medical Offices,
(916) 817-5200

Gynecologic Oncology

HUI (AMY) CHEN
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

PRIYAL DHOLAKIYA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4841

KEVIN ELLIOTT
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 907-9210

WILEY FOWLER
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 864-9586

VANESSA A. KENNEDY
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

GARY S. LEISEROWITZ
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

VIKAS MAHAVNI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4055

NEHA SHAH
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 688-2055

NELL SUBY
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4055

Hand Surgery

ROBERT H. ALLEN
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery,
(916) 734-2700

CHRISTOPHER O. BAYNE
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery,
(916) 734-2700

BENJAMIN E. BLUTH
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 536-2408

JONATHAN A. GANT
Sutter Health – Sutter Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 797-4725

STEPHEN HANKINS
Sutter Health,
(916) 797-4725

MICHELLE A. JAMES
Shriners Hospital for Children
(916) 453-2180

ELSPETH KINNUCAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4045

SCOTT R. LIPSON
Sutter Health,
(916) 457-4263

MARY CLAIRE B. MANSKE
Shriners Hospital for Children
(916) 453-2191

SOHEIL A. PAYVANDI
Sutter Health,
(916) 389-7977

CLIFFORD T. PEREIRA
UC Davis Health – Surgery
(800) 282-3284

SEAN ROCHA
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2030

MURPHY M. STEINER
Sutter Health,
(916) 457-4263

DANIEL N. SWITLICK
Sutter Health,
(916) 797-4725

ROBERT M. SZABO
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery,
(800) 252-3456

NATHAN TAYLOR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4045

HOANG TRAN
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8723

MICHAEL VANCE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5275

Hematology and Oncology

MILI ARORA
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

DEEPTI BEHL
Sutter Health Research Enterprise
(916) 453-3300

KRISTIE A. BOBOLIS
Sutter Health – Roseville Medical Plaza Care Center,
(916) 782-5106

HELEN K. CHEW
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

I-YEH GONG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2086

LAI HUI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(916) 497-3100

BRIAN A. JONAS
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

JOHN M. KAILATH
Sierra Hematology and Oncology
(916) 962-1544

EDWARD J. KIM
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

ELIAS KIWAN
Sutter Health,
(916) 733-4400

RAM N. LALCHANDANI
Sutter Health,
(916) 962-1544

LISA LAW
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5626

TIANHONG LI
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

BIJAY NAIR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5626

SIVAKUMAR REDDY
Sutter Health,
(916) 782-5106

SONIA REICHERT
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8204

JONATHAN W. RIESS
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

NITIN ROHATGI
Sutter Health,
(916) 734-2680

GURVINDER SHAHEED
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 633-0016

SAMER SHIHABI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4674

RYAN STEVENSON
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2086

DAVID SUN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2086

JOSEPH M. TUSCANO
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

NAVNEET VIRK
Sutter Health,
(916) 967-4363

STEPHEN WANG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2086

THEODORE WUN
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

RUPINDER K. CHIMA
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 627-7685

NATHAN P. FAIRMAN
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

GEORGE KURT GALLARDO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 648-6920

SHELLY GARONE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 977-3017

ANNEMARIE HARGADON
UC Davis Health – Hospice and Palliative Medicine,
(916) 734-5959

MARGARET LEUNG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 648-690

JOHN F. MACMILLAN JR.
UC Davis Health – Hospice and Palliative Medicine,
(916) 734-8230

JANELLE MINTER
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 627-7685

THERESA MURDOCK-VLAUTIN
UC Davis Health – Pediatric Critical Care,
(916) 734-2011

HARITHEERTHAM NAGARAJ
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
(916) 786-7498

GREG P. NAUGHTON
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 648-6920

SAMEERA SANDHU
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4954

JOHN SCHARF
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 977-3017

JEFFREY YEE
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 560-0209

Hospital Medicine/Hospitalist

MICHAEL J. ABATE
Sutter Medical Center
(916) 733-3777

MURALI ADUSUMALLI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 986-4426

JONATHAN ARON
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

CATHERINE Y. CHIA
UC Davis Health – Hospital Medicine,
(800) 482-3284

NELSON KUANG-YU CHIANG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

GARY S. CHU
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

VAN F. GESLANI
Sutter Health – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 733-3777

RAJESWARI JAYARAMAN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 983-7400

ROBERT B. JOBE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4050

ANDREW LEE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

MITHU S. MOLLA
UC Davis Health – Hospital Medicine,
(800) 282-3284

DEBBY SENTANA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 537-5079

REZA SIANATI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

VOLTAIRE R. SINIGAYAN
UC Davis Health – Hospital Medicine,
(916) 734-2011

JASON T. SPEARS
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 537-5079

JEFFREY STENGER
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 784-4050

OLOF J. SULTAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

ALEXIS J. TONEY
UC Davis Health – Pediatrics
(916) 734-2011


Stella Dao, M.D.
Stella Dao, M.D., photo by Tim Engle.

Stella Dao, M.D.
Occupational Medicine
KAISER PERMANENTE-FOLSOM MEDICAL OFFICES

People sometimes get the wrong idea about occupational medicine doctors. “Patients often think we’re working for the insurance company,” says Stella Dao, M.D., who serves as lead physician of Folsom Kaiser’s Occupational Medicine clinic. Thankfully, that isn’t the case, says Dao, leaving them to do what doctors do best: take care of patients—specifically, those who’ve been injured on the job. There’s certainly a need for it: According to the National Safety Council, a U.S. worker is injured on the job every seven seconds.

Can you tell us more about occupational medicine? Occupational medicine physicians take care of patients who have injuries that were caused by work, or in other cases may need medical clearance to do specialized work. For example, maybe they work with certain chemicals or with a specific technology, like lasers, or they work with hazardous materials, things like that.

Sounds like this requires a team approach. Totally. If someone has, say, a broken leg, I’d have to work with the orthopedic surgeon who can fix the leg, and in general I’d take over their rehab until they get their strength back so they can return to work. So I work with a lot of different specialties—internal medicine, pulmonologists, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, and so on.

What is unique or challenging about this area of medicine? Sometimes people injured on the job won’t come and see the doctor because they’re not comfortable reporting it. They may think it’s not that serious, they don’t want to tell anybody, or worry they’ll get blamed—that it will be perceived that they did something wrong. Also, changes in public health, even our political climate, can affect occupational medicine. It’s actually a specialty that has deep connections to our economy and our political environment as well as our patients.


Infectious Disease

SANAZ ABDERRAHMANE
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 526-3402

JOHN BELKO
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove
Promenade Medical Offices
(916) 474-2250

STUART H. COHEN
UC Davis Health – Infectious Diseases,
(916) 734-2737

NATHANIEL R. DEFELICE
Sutter Health,
(916) 325-1040

MATTHEW ELDRIDGE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-6166

JOSE-MARIO FONTANILLA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 973-5230

MOHAMMAD KABBESH
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 727-6266

ELIZABETH J. KAILATH
Sierra Infectious Diseases
(916) 536-1136

RANJANI KALYAN
Sutter Health,
(916) 679-3590

BRETT R. LAURENCE
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
(916) 325-1040

LENORA LEE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5230

ARCHANA MANIAR
UC Davis Health – Infectious Diseases,
(916) 734-2737

ANDREW MCNEIL
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-6166

BILAL NASEER
Sutter Health,
(916) 786-7498

BENNETT H. PENN
UC Davis Health – Infectious Diseases,
(916) 734-3815

MERYL PEREZ
Sutter Health,
(916) 786-7498

SRIHARSHA RAO
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 784-4050

SUDERSHAN SINGH
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-0021

GEORGE THOMPSON
UC Davis Health – Infectious Diseases,
(916) 734-7766

ANGELIQUE TJEN-A-LOOI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5230

VINOD TRIVEDI
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
(916) 325-1040

NATASCHA MAREN
STELLA TUZNIK
UC Davis Health – Infectious Diseases,
(916) 734-2737

SARAH E. WALDMAN
UC Davis Health – Infectious Diseases,
(916) 734-2737

ROBERT ZIMMERMAN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 733-5995

Internal Medicine

JOI BARRETT
Sutter Health,
(916) 733-8713

KEVIN J. BURNHAM
UC Davis Health – Internal Medicine
(916) 734-2737

OLIVIA M. CAMPA
UC Davis Health – Internal Medicine
(800) 282-3284

GARTH DAVIS
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4040

DIANA M. DONCHEVA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Center
(916) 784-4050

MICHAEL EMERZIAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4050

JASON GRITTI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

MEGHAN E. HAYES
Sutter Health,
(916) 733-8713

ZACHARY HOLT
UC Davis Health – Internal Medicine
(916) 734-2737

DHEERAJ KAMRA
Sutter Health,
(916) 966-8500

CRAIG R. KEENAN
UC Davis Health – Internal Medicine
(916) 734-2737

KATHRYN D. NEWELL
UC Davis Health – Internal Medicine
(800) 482-3284

JON S. OIDE
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices
(916) 688-2106

MILIN RATANASEN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

RAMESH SINAEE
Sutter Health,
(916) 733-8713

RAVI SRINIVASAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4040

ANDREW J. TAK
Sutter Health,
(916) 646-4583

ABRAHAM THOMAS
Kaiser Permanente – Folsom Medical Offices,
(916) 734-1539

HEATHER L. TISKA
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4040

JANE TSAI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4325

EHAB TUPPO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4050

MORGAN WATERS
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2106

YUNLI ZHENG
UC Davis Medical Group – Roseville
(916) 783-7109

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

MARWAN M. ALI
California Maternal Fetal Medicine
(916) 603-5600

NANCY FIELD
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 734-6900

MATTHEW GARABEDIAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4148

WILLIAM GILBERT
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associates of Sacramento
(916) 862-9900

HERMAN L. HEDRIANA
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 734-6900

SHERRIE MCELVY
Sutter Health,
(916) 862-9900

AMELIA S. MCLENNAN
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 734-6900

KRISTINA MILAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4148

CAREY MORENO-HUNT
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4148

UNZILA A. NAYERI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4148

VERONIQUE TACHE
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 734-6900

Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine

AMARDEEP S. AHLUWALIA
Sutter Roseville Medical Center
(916) 668-0789

AYODEJI J. AJIBOLA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

NWANDO EZE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

RACHEL S. GARNER
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-0104

KRISTIN R. HOFFMAN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Neonatology,
(800) 282-3284

CINDY KORTE
Sutter Health,
(916) 668-0789

KARA KUHN-RIORDON
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Neonatology,
(800) 282-3284

SATYAN LAKSHMINRUSIMHA
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Neonatology,
(800) 282-3284

NANCY LEUNG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

FRANCIS R. POULAIN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Neonatology,
(800) 282-3284

CATHERINE A. ROTTKAMP
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Neonatology,
(800) 282-3284

GUSTAVO SOSA
Sutter Health,
(916) 668-0789

PAYAM VALI
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Neonatology,
(800) 282-3284

Nephrology

SHUBHA ANANTHAKRISHNAN
UC Davis Health – Nephrology
(916) 734-3761

ADARSH BHAT
Summit Nephrology
(916) 789-1505

ANDREW I. CHIN
UC Davis Health – Nephrology
(916) 734-3761

JANELINE T. DAUBERT
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-6988

LANA GAFTER
Summit Nephrology Medical Group,
(916) 789-1505

ELENA V. GELFAND
Sutter Health,
(916) 929-8564

HIBA A. M. HAMDAN
Summit Nephrology
(916) 789-1505

KAI-TING HU
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-6988

JIN-YON J. KIM
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5230

NITI MADAN
UC Davis Health – Nephrology
(916) 734-2737

JASMINDER MOMI
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 461-9020

JOSÉ A. MORFIN
UC Davis Health – Nephrology
(916) 985-9300

VIJAY MUDUNURI
Marshall Medical Center
(916) 235-7790

RATNAJI BABU NALLAMOTHU
Capital Nephrology
(916) 929-8564

DAVID S. PAI
Sutter Health,
(916) 683-8774

JIGNESH PATEL
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 973-5230

TARANG B. PATEL
Sutter Health,
(916) 961-7391

USHIR PATEL
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 857-9879

ROOPINDER POONIA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 526-1384

JEFFREY STEWART
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5230

BRIAN THORNTON
Summit Nephrology
(916) 789-1505

BRIAN YOUNG
UC Davis Health – Nephrology
(916) 734-2737

NICK D. YOUSSEFI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-6988

ANNIE YU
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 973-5230

FRANKLIN YUAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 973-5230

 


Neurology

ERICA A. BYRD
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-8711

JASON S. CHANG
Kaiser Permanente – South
Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2050

DAVID P. CHESAK
Sutter Health – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 454-6850

MICHAEL DENGEL
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 403-0880

ALEXANDRA O’NEILL
(SASHA) DUFFY
UC Davis Health – Neurology
(916) 734-3588

HOWARD FAN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 403-0880

JOHN J. GERAGHTY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-6380

HALIMA KARIM
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8606

SUKETU M. KHANDHAR
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 973-5175

SHAWN KILE
Sutter Health,
(916) 454-6850

SUZANNE C. KOOPMANS
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2050

NEUZIL LAI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2050

MARC E. LENAERTS
UC Davis Health- Neurology
(916) 734-3588

NICOLE A. LOPEZ-SEMINARIO
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-8711

NORIKA MALHADO-CHANG
UC Davis Health- Neurology
(916) 734-3588

DEEPINDER S. SIDHU
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-6380

PETER SKAFF
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 857-8177

NICKLESH THAKUR
Sutter Health,
(916) 454-6850

ERIC W. VAN OSTRAND
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5175

MARK WAHEED
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5175

VICKI L. WHEELOCK
UC Davis Health- Neurology
(916) 734-3588

ALAN HOWE YEE
UC Davis Health – Neurology
(916) 734-3588

LIN ZHANG
UC Davis Health- Neurology
(916) 734-3588

Neurosurgery

HAMIDREZA ALIABADI
Spine & Neurosurgery Associates
(916) 771-3300

AMIT BANERJEE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5490

ORIN BLOCH
UC Davis Health – Spine Center
(800) 282-3284

SAMUEL F. CIRICILLO
Sutter Health,
(916) 454-6850

HUY DUONG
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5490

KERN H. GUPPY
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5490

GRIFFITH R. HARSH IV
UC Davis Health – Neurological Surgery,
(916) 734-2011

MARK W. HAWK
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5490

BRIAN JOOBEEN JIAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5490

KEE KIM
UC Davis Health – Spine Center
(916) 734-7463

MATTHEW M. KIMBALL
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-8711

SEAN MCNATT
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2600

DAVID MOLLER
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5490

KAVIAN SHAHI
Spine & Neurosurgery Associates
(916) 771-3300

KIARASH SHAHLAIE
UC Davis Health – Spine Center
(916) 734-3588

JAMES SILVERTHORN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5490

Nuclear Medicine

JASON B. COHEN
Sutter Health,
(916) 878-3495

CAMERON FOSTER
UC Davis Health – Nuclear Medicine,
(800) 482-3284

ERNO J. GYETVAI
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5720

ANDREW L. HOLZ
Sutter Health,
(916) 878-3495

LORENZO NARDO
UC Davis Health – Nuclear Medicine,
(916) 703-2108

PENNY R. VANDESTREEK
Sutter Health,
(916) 878-3495

JOHN WEBB
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2029

Obstetrics and Gynecology

HEATHER BEATTY
Sutter Capitol Pavilion
(916) 262-9414

ALISON S. BREEN
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 683-3955

DINA M. CANAVERO
Sutter Roseville Medical Center
(916) 782-2229

CATHERINE D. CANSINO
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 734-6900

RACHEL K. DONG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
916) 525-6100

AMY GEORGE
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 734-6900

JOCYLEN E. GLASSBERG
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(530) 747-3000

LAURIE C. GREGG
Sacramento Women’s Health
(916) 927-3178

JACQUELINE HO
Associates in Women’s Health Care,
(916) 782-2229

DARCY KETCHUM
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9414

SANJEEV KHURANA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4148

REBECCA KING
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4055

KIM KOPECKY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4148

GARY S. LEISEROWITZ
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

SEE LO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4148

HAILEY R. MACNEAR
Sutter Health,
(916) 927-3178

JUDY MIKACICH
Sutter Health,
(916) 927-3178

BAHAREH M. NEJAD
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 783-7109

JENNIFER OVERBEY
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 589-6521

JENISE K. PHELPS
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 734-6900

KATHLEEN ROONEY
Sacramento Women’s Health
(916) 927-3178

MICHAEL TRIFIRO
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 734-6900

DEBRA D. WRIGHT SWANSON
UC Davis Health – Obstetrics and Gynecology,
(916) 703-3030

CARRIE C. YIAKIS
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9414

AMIRA ZAID
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-7276

Occupational Medicine

ENASS ARAHMAN
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4380

WANDA J. BLAYLARK
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8922

MICHAEL COHEN
Sutter Health,
(650) 652-8350

STELLA H. DAO
Kaiser Permanente – Folsom Medical Offices,
(916) 817-5667

JOHN FORSYTH
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8503

WESLEY HASHIMOTO
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2005

RUDOLF ISKANDAR
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2005

Ophthalmology

MATTHEW D. ANGER
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6400

JACOB W. BRUBAKER
Sacramento Eye Consultants
(916) 915-0300

CARMINE A. CAMMAROSANO
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8339

MARK E. DRABKIN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6400

RICHARD C. FENTZKE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4185

NANDINI G. GANDHI
UC Davis Health – Tschannen Eye Institute,
(916) 734-6602

ALEXANDER GRAND
Sutter Health – Medical Vision Technology,
(916) 731-8040

RICHARD JONES
Eye Site Sacramento
(916) 452-8105

SAMUEL H. LEE
Sacramento Eye Consultants
(916) 915-0300

MICHELE C. LIM
UC Davis Health – Tschannen Eye Institute,
(916) 734-6602

YIN A. LIU
UC Davis Health – Tschannen Eye Institute,
(916) 734-6602

MARK J. MANNIS
UC Davis Health – Tschannen Eye Institute,
(916) 734-6602

ROMINDER MOMI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Riverside Medical Offices
(916) 784-4185

ALA MOSHIRI
UC Davis Health – Tschannen Eye Institute,
(916) 734-6602

SANG-ROG OH
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 641-4568

ROBERT PEABODY
Sutter Health,
(916) 731-8040

PATRICIA B. SIERRA
Sacramento Eye Consultants
(916) 915-0300

ROBERT T. WENDEL
Retinal Consultants Medical Group, Inc. – Greenback Lane Retina Center,
(916) 339-3655

Orthopedic Surgery

AMY BLACK
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2030

WILLIAM E. BRAGG
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 733-5700

MAURO GIORDANI
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery,
(916) 734-2700

HOLLY J. HAIGHT
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 973-5275

DOMINGO A. HALLARE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2030

BRIAN M. HAUS
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery – Pediatric,
(916) 734-2700

ROBERT JAMIESON
Orthopedic Specialty Center
(916) 918-2952

JASON J. KIM
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 973-5275

ERIC KLINEBERG
Shriners Children’s Northern California,
(916) 453-2191

RAPHAEL KLUG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4045

MICHAEL P. LEATHERS
Michael P. Leathers, M.D.
(916) 252-9702

DAHLIA LEE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2030

MARK LEE
UC Davis Health – Orthopedic Surgery,
(916) 734-2700

HOLLY B. LESHIKAR
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery- Pediatric,
(916) 734-2700

DENNIS MEREDITH
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-7414

RAVI PATEL
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-7325

THOMAS W. POWERS
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2030

MARTY REED
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5275

ROY RUBIN
Dr. Roy Rubin, M.D.,
(916) 307-2262

PAUL M. SASAURA
Sutter Health,
(916) 965-4000

KENT P. SHERIDAN
Sutter Health – Sutter Capitol Pavilion,
(916) 262-9440

SCOTT G. SMITH
Sutter Health – Sutter Capitol Pavilion,
(916) 262-9440

GABRIEL E. SOTO
Kaiser Permanente – Folsom Medical Offices,
(916) 784-4045

DAVID W. TAI
Sutter Health,
(916) 732-3340

STEVEN THORPE
UC Davis Health – Orthopedic Surgery,
(916) 734-2700

MATTHEW L. TWEET
Sutter Capitol Pavilion Outpatient Surgery Center
(916) 262-9440

JASON ZEMANOVIC
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4045


Osteopathic Medicine

JEFFREY BRODOVSKY
Sutter Health, (916) 451-4400

Pain Medicine

DAVID J. COPENHAVER
UC Davis Health – Pain Clinic
(916) 734-7246

HEATHER R. DAVIDS
Sutter Health – Buhler Specialty Pavilion,
(916) 454-6850

CHARLES DE MESA
UC Davis Health – Pain Clinic
(916) 734-5031

SCOTT FISHMAN
UC Davis Health – Pain Clinic
(916) 734-5031

KENNETH FURUKAWA
UC Davis Health – Pain Clinic
(916) 734-5031

BRIAN JOVES
Spine & Nerve Diagnostic Center
(916) 772-5325

NICOLAS KARVELAS
Spine & Nerve Diagnostic Center
(916) 772-5325

SHARON LEANO (KANZ)
Capital Pain Consultants
(916) 432-2431

GAGAN MAHAJAN
UC Davis Health – Pain Clinic
(916) 734-7463

NAVDEEP NIJHER
Sutter Health,
(916) 454-6850

SCOTT G. PRITZLAFF
UC Davis Health – Pain Clinic
(916) 734-7246

VINAY REDDY
Spine and Nerve Diagnostic Center,
(916) 419-9900

SAMIR J. SHETH
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-8711

MICHAEL C. YANG
Sutter Health,
(530) 672-1311

ROD YOUSSEFI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2000

Pediatric Cardiology

JONATHAN G. DAYAN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Cardiology
(916) 734-3456

DANIEL A. CORTEZ
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
(800) 282-3284

JAMES A. HILL
Capital Pediatric Cardiology
(916) 750-2328

NAVEEN MANOHAR
Capital Pediatric Cardiology
(916) 750-2328

ERNESTO RIVERA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

SHERZANA SUNDERJI
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Cardiology
(916) 734-3456

LUCA TRENTO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

STANLEY WRIGHT
Capital Pediatric Cardiology
(916) 750-2328

JAY YEH
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Cardiology
(916) 734-3456

MULUNEH A. YIMER
Sutter Health,
(916) 750-2328

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

SARA AGHAMOHAMMADI
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Critical Care
(800) 282-3284

ROBERT M. ALISHARAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

ANNE CAMERLENGO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

DEBRA L. DAVEY
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-0360

CONSTANTINE DIMITRIADES
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

DANIEL FALCO
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-0360

KEVIN S. HAUG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

JOHN HOLCROFT
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Critical Care
(800) 282-3284

JAMES P. MARCIN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Critical Care
(800) 282-3284\

STEPHANIE N. MATEEV
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Critical Care
(916) 734-2131

MICHAEL MYETTE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

JOANNE E. NATALE
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Critical Care
(800) 282-3284

NHAT M. PHAM
Sutter Medical Center
(916) 887-0104

JENNIFER PLANT
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Critical Care
(916) 734-2994

VIYEKA SETHI
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Critical Care
(916) 734-7098

JESSICA K. SIGNOFF
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Critical Care
(916) 734-2994

CRAIG SWANSON
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-0360

Pediatric Dermatology
SMITA AWASTHI
UC Davis Health – Pediatric Dermatology,
(916) 734-6111

Pediatric Endocrinology

CHRISTINA S. CHAO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

STEPHANIE S. CROSSEN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Endocrinology
(916) 734-3112

MIRNA ESCALANTE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

ABIGAIL C. FRUZZA
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Endocrinology
(916) 734-7098

NICOLE S. GLASER
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Endocrinology
(916) 734-3112

LINDSEY LOOMBA-ALBRECHT
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Endocrinology
(916) 734-5177

ULHAS M. NADGIR
Sutter Health,
(916) 426-1902

GNANAGURUDASAN PRAKASAM
Center of Excellence in Diabetes and Endocrinology,
(916) 426-1902

SUDHA REDDY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

DENNIS M. STYNE
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Endocrinology
(916) 734-3112

Pediatric Gastroenterology

JONATHAN AFRICA
Sutter Health – Sutter Medical Plaza Sacramento
(916) 887-4780

YINKA K. DAVIES
Sutter Health,
(916) 332-1244

ARTHUR DE LORIMIER
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Gastroenterology
(916) 734-3112

KELLY B. HAAS
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Gastroenterology
(800) 282-3284

SUNPREET KAUR
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Gastroenterology
(800) 282-3284

PRATIMA KODALI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

JOHANN PETERSON
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-4780

DAPHNE SAY
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Gastroenterology
(916) 734-3112

EDWARD TALYA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

TRINH T. TRUONG
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Gastroenterology
(916) 734-3112

DANIELLE USATIN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

SCOTT ADAMS
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

ELYSIA ALVAREZ
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

REUBEN ANTONY
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

JONG H. CHUNG
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

JONATHAN M. DUCORE
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

KENT JOLLY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

SONALI LAKSHMINARAYANAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

CHRISTINA LETTIERI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

MARCIO MALOGOLOWKIN
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

ARUN PANIGRAHI
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

ANJALI PAWAR
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

AARATI RAO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

 


Pediatric Infectious Disease

JOHN BELKO
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Promenade Medical Offices
(916) 474-2250

DEAN BLUMBERG
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Infectious Diseases
(916) 734-5177

RITU CHEEMA
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Infectious Diseases
(916) 734-3112

NATASHA NAKRA
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Infectious Diseases
(916) 734-3112

ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Infectious Diseases
(916) 734-3112

JEAN A. WIEDEMAN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Infectious Diseases
(916) 734-7618

Pediatric Nephrology

ARI AURON
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices
(916) 474-2250

LAVJAY BUTANI
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Nephrology
(916) 734-3112

MAHA HADDAD
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Nephrology
(916) 734-3112

ARUNDHATI KALE
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Nephrology
(800) 282-3284

STEPHANIE T. NGUYEN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Nephrology
(916) 734-5177

Pediatric Neurology

SHAILESH M. ASAIKAR
Child and Adolescent Neurology Consultants,
(916) 649-9800

WILLIAM S. BENKO
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Child Neurology,
(916) 734-3588

CELIA H. CHANG
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Child Neurology,
(916) 734-3588

MICHAEL G. CHEZ
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-8711

KATIE FRIEDERICH
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

TRISHNA KANTAMNENI
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Child Neurology,
(916) 734-3588

SHANNON N. LIANG
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Child Neurology,
(916) 734-3588

BRIAN MASSELINK
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices
(916) 784-4190

GREGG NELSON
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

Pediatric Neurosurgery

SAMUEL F. CIRICILLO
Sutter Health,
(916) 454-6850

MICHAEL S. B. EDWARDS
UC Davis Health – Neurological Surgery- Pediatric,
(916) 734-4300

SEAN MCNATT
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2600

MARIKE ZWIENENBERG
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Neurological Surgery
(916) 734-3588

Pediatric Psychiatry

ANDREW R. BREGMAN
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices
(916) 525-6100

ANNE B. MCBRIDE
UC Davis Health – Psychiatry
(916) 734-3574

MURAT PAKYUREK
UC Davis MIND Institute
(916) 734-3574

Pediatric Pulmonology

DIANA GO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-6221

SANJAY JHAWAR
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Pulmonology
(800) 282-3284

SHEENA K. MAHARAJ
Sutter Health,
(916) 453-8696

KIRAN NANDALIKE
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Pulmonology
(800) 282-3284

MYRZA PEREZ
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

WAN TSAI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

Pediatric Sleep Medicine

SANJAY JHAWAR
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Sleep Medicine
(800) 282-3284

KIRAN NANDALIKE
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Sleep Medicine
(800) 282-3284

MYRZA PEREZ
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

Pediatric Surgery

LISA ABRAMSON
Sutter Medical Center
(916) 887-4220

ERIN G. BROWN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Surgery,
(800) 282-3284

JERRY CHEN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

DIANA FARMER
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Surgery,
(800) 282-3284

JOY L. GRAF
Sutter Health,
(916) 887-4220

SHINJIRO HIROSE
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Surgery,
(916) 734-7844

NOAH KELLER
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

JONATHAN E. KOHLER
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Surgery,
(916) 734-7844

DOUGLAS MINIATI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

PAYAM SAADAI
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Surgery,
(916) 734-7844

Pediatric Urology

ANDREW HUANG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4160

ERIC KURZROCK
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Urology,
(916) 734-2222

Pediatrics (General)

ROBERT S. BYRD
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatrics,
(916) 734-3112

DIANE L. CHAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4190

ERIC J. CROSSEN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatrics,
(916) 734-3112

CANDACE T. EYMAN
Sutter Health,
(916) 862-9900

SUSAN GURALNICK
UC Davis Health – Pediatrics
(916) 734-3112

ANNE HSII
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4060

NANETTE K. HYMAN
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9002

ANITA JAIN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatrics,
(916) 734-5846

RAVINDER S. KHAIRA
Sutter Health,
(916) 422-7273

HANNAH J. PHAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 614-4060

MITCH RATANASEN
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatrics,
(916) 734-3112

MIGUEL A. SANCHEZ
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Promenade Medical Offices
(916) 544-6600

JONATHAN THYGESON
Jonathan E. Thygeson M.D., Inc.
(916) 924-8754

BETH WARD
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9002

LENORE R. YOUSSEFI
Sutter Health,
(916) 817-3700

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

SHAWNA B. ARSENAULT
UC Davis Health – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(916) 734-7041

RYAN T. CARVER
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-6611

STEVEN T. CHAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-7481

LOREN T. DAVIDSON
Shriners Hospital for Children
(800) 282-3284

SATINDERPAL DHAH
Kaiser Permanente – South
Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2036

MAYA C. EVANS
UC Davis Health – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(916) 734-7041

RAMANDEEP GURAI
Sutter Health,
(916) 478-0112

NANETTE C. JOYCE
UC Davis Health – Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation
(916) 734-7041

HAI TUAN LUONG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-6611

LAWRENCE MANHART
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

CRAIG M. MCDONALD
UC Davis Health – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(916) 734-7041

VANESSA MCGOWAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2036

LYNN NAKAMURA
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-6611

DANIEL SIMON NEUDORF
UC Davis Health – Spine Center
(916) 734-7463

VINAY REDDY
Spine and Nerve Diagnostic Center
(916) 419-9900

JOEL SCHAFFER
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2036

AKSHAT SHAH
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2036

CHRIS S. SHIN
UC Davis Health – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(916) 734-7041

MARK D. TYBURSKI
Kaiser Permanente – Rancho Cordova Medical Offices
(916) 631-3000

BRANDEE L WAITE
UC Davis Health – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(916) 734-6805

HOLLY H. ZHAO
UC Davis Health – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(916) 734-7041


Samuel Lee, M.D.
Samuel Lee, M.D., photo by Tim Engle.

Samuel Lee, M.D.
Ophthalmology
SACRAMENTO EYE CONSULTANTS

Though surgery is his main focus, ophthalmologist and cornea specialist Samuel Lee, M.D., often sees patients seeking help for dry eye disease, a super-common issue plaguing an estimated 20 million in the United States. The term “dry eye” is kind of an oxymoron, says Lee, since one of the most frequent symptoms is watery eyes, caused by the body’s response to irritation. “Tear film dysfunction is a more accurate way to describe it,” he says. Whatever you choose to call it, dry eye—which happens when eyes don’t produce an adequate quantity or quality of tears (i.e., tear film)—is a complex syndrome that can be difficult to treat, says Lee, frustrating patients and eye doctors alike.

Given our dry climate, are Sacramentans more prone to dry eye? Climate plays a huge role, though dry eye can exist in any environment—even in the Amazon, where there’s basically 100 percent humidity. Sacramento is also famous for allergies, with all of our trees and pollen, and add that to the smoke we’ve had from fires in recent summers, all these irritants can cause inflammation of the ocular surface, exacerbating symptoms.

Older people are at higher risk of dry eye. Why? With healthy eyes, the surface is near frictionless, with tears providing lubrication—kind of like motor oil for a car motor. But with aging eyes, there can be degradation of tear film. With a car, we can change the oil every 3,000 miles, but we can’t do that with our eyes. We’ve got what we’ve got, though there are many useful treatment options.

Other takeaways? Dry eye is not just about irritation. In extreme cases, you can actually go blind from it, you can melt your cornea, create a hole in your eye, all sorts of bad stuff. The vast majority of dry eye patients are not in that category. But it can be serious.


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

CARRIE E. BLACK
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 514-7058

CHRISTA L. CLARK
Granite Bay Cosmetic Surgery
(916) 246-6122

RUDY COSCIA
Rudy Coscia, M.D., Board Certified Plastic Surgeon,
(916) 929-1833

DREW JOHNSON DAVIS
Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery
(916) 983-9895

JESUS A. GARCIA
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 641-4568

SCOTT D. GREEN
The Plastic Surgery Center
(916) 929-1833

KARLY KAPLAN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5515

DAVID KAUFMAN
Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery
(916) 983-9895

GERALD J. KHACHI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2685

JAMES Z. KIM
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2045

ALAN Y. LIM
Sutter Health,
(916) 733-9588

JAMES T. LIN
NeuGenesis Plastic Surgery
(916) 525-1559

CHARLES T. LONGO
Charles Longo, M.D.
(916) 456-8756

SHAHRIAR MABOURAKH
Folsom Plastic Surgery
(916) 984-8585

PIRKO MAGUIÑA
Ideal Plastic Surgery
(916) 664-3391

MINH-BAO MUNDSCHENK
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5515

CLIFFORD T. PEREIRA
UC Davis Health – Plastic Surgery
(800) 282-3284

CHARLES W. PERRY
Chrysalis Cosmetics
(916) 248-4447

LEE L.Q. PU
UC Davis Health – Plastic Surgery
(916) 734-7844

JEFFREY A. SWEAT
Plastic Surgery Center of Sacramento,
(916) 400-0822

KENNETH M. TOFT
Toft Facial Plastic Surgery
(916) 782-8638

TRAVIS T. TOLLEFSON
UC Davis Health – Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery)
(916) 734-2347

GRANGER B. WONG
UC Davis Health – Plastic Surgery
(916) 734-7844

WAYNE YAMAHATA
The Plastic Surgery Center
(916) 929-1833

SHUHAO ZHANG
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4905

Podiatry

AMY DUCKWORTH
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4045

DOUGLAS R. HIGHT
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-7905

NAMJONG SEAN LEE
Kaiser Permanente – SouthvSacramento Medical Center
(916) 784-4045

ROYA MIRMIRAN
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9464

DAMON NAMVAR
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9464

BETH NOE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4045

KENE OFILI
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 668-2600

LINDSAY RUSSELL
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2030

MICHAEL SCATENA
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5275

TANYA SINGLETON
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2030

MICHAEL STARKWEATHER
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8723

GREGORY TOVMASSIAN
Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center
(916) 459-4398

KIRSTEN VAN VORIS-SCATENA
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5275

Preventive Medicine

CHEREE DUNBAR
Northern California Wellness
(916) 458-5533

Psychiatry

CHRISTINA Y. BILYEU
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5300

JEREMY DEMARTINI
UC Davis Health – Psychiatry and Behavioral Science,
(916) 734-2737

BRIAN FITCH
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6100

HELEN KALES
UC Davis Health – Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
(916) 734-0849

JULIE KIYOMI MOTOSUE-BRENNAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6100

ALISON NEWMAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6100

GREGORY C. SAZIMA
Greg Sazima, M.D.,
(916) 797-2248

RUTH S. SHIM
UC Davis Health – Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
(916) 734-3574

HUMBERTO TEMPORINI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 525-6100

GUOHUA XIA
Brain Fit,
(530) 231-5858

AILEEN L. YAP-LACAP
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 973-5300

Radiation Oncology

RACHEL H. CHOU
Kaiser Permanente – Rancho Cordova Medical Offices
(916) 631-2730

MEGAN E. DALY
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5810

RUBEN FRAGOSO
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5810

CHRISTOPHER U. JONES
Sutter Health,
(916) 781-1225

DERRICK T. KOO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-2871

CHARLOTTE KUBICKY
Sutter Health,
(916) 781-1225

VINCENT LEE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 683-9616

ARTA M. MONJAZEB
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5810

NATHALIE NGUYEN
Kaiser Permanente – Rancho Cordova Medical Offices
(916) 631-2730

PAUL PAGE
South Sacramento Cancer Center
(916) 683-9616

HUBERT PAN
Sutter Health – Anderson Lucchetti Women’s & Children’s Center
(916) 454-6600

MAHESH C. PANT
Kaiser Permanente – Rancho Cordova Medical Offices
(916) 631-2730

BIHAI PENG
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-2871

ANTHONY T. PU
Sutter Medical Center
(916) 454-6600

SHYAM S.D. RAO
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5810

SETH ROSENTHAL
Sutter Health,
(916) 781-1225

DERRICK SCHMIDT
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 771-2871

RICHARD K. VALICENTI
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5810

Radiology

MATTHEW BOBINSKI
UC Davis Health – Radiology
(800) 482-3284

GHANEH FANANAPAZIR
UC Davis Health – Radiology
(800) 282-3284

CHARLES H. MCDONNELL
Sutter Health,
(916) 878-3495

JOHN P. MCGAHAN
UC Davis Health – Radiology
(916) 934-5731

TAN M. NGUYEN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2029

ELEANOR ORMSBY
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 817-5250

MICHAEL SILBERSTEIN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 817-5250

ARVIND SONIK
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 817-5250

REBECCA STEIN-WEXLER
UC Davis Health – Radiology- Pediatrics,
(800) 282-3284

DEREK VIEN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 817-5250

Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility

MANUEL DOBLADO
Northern California Fertility Medical Center,
(916) 773-2229

LAURIE LOVELY
Northern California Fertility Medical Center,
(916) 773-2229

MICHAEL J. MURRAY
Northern California Fertility Medical Center,
(916) 773-2229

SAHAR M. STEPHENS
Northern California Fertility Medical Center,
(916) 773-2229

Rheumatology

SHIRIN M. AHMAD
UC Davis Health – Allergy and Rheumatology,
(800) 482-3284

ANUPAMA S. BHAT
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5616

GURTEJ S. CHEEMA
UC Davis Health – Allergy and Rheumatology,
(916) 734-2737

MINZI CHEN
Sutter Health – Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8716

ROSE C. CHUMO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5616

MOHAMMADOMID EDRISSIAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2330

ANGEL A. HERRERA GUERRA
UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Allergy and Rheumatology,
(916) 734-3112

ARSHIA D. ISLAM
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5616

ANAND LAL
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5616

DIANA LAU
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8601

JOY MOMBOURQUETTE
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 474-2250

MINHCHAU T. NGUYEN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2330

SIMRAN K. THIARA
Sutter Health – Sutter Medical Center,
(916) 455-3700

KENNETH B. WIESNER
Sutter Health,
(916) 922-7021

BARTON L. WISE
UC Davis Health – Allergy and
Rheumatology, (916) 734-2737


Samir Sheth, M.D.
Samir Sheth, M.D., photo by Tim Engle.

Samir Sheth, M.D.
Pain Medicine
SUTTER HEALTH

Samir Sheth, M.D., wants to make one thing very clear: Pain management is not all about drugs. “I think people often think of me as somebody who’s going to give out opioids,” says Sheth. “But the truth is, I became interested in pain medicine because I wanted to take people off of such medications.” He’s likely saving lives: According to the CDC, some 75% of the nearly 92,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 involved opioids.

Do patients often prefer pain meds over other alternatives? Sometimes they’d rather do medicines, or they mistakenly believe their only option is surgery. A lot of it goes back to making people aware of all the nonpharmacologic options. I really try very hard to push patients first toward minimally invasive things. Fortunately, at Sutter we have the opportunity to offer integrative help, whether it be acupuncture, massage or chiropractic care. Oftentimes it’s a synergy of several therapies together that can best help the patient. I’m hopeful with the therapies we offer, we can take people off medications and reduce the risks associated with them.

Are patients reluctant to try these things? There’s a lot of skepticism about things like acupuncture or physical therapy. I actually encourage my patients to go on the internet, to find the horror stories and the things that are really concerning, so we can talk about them, maybe address some myths. I think one of my biggest jobs is to make sure my patients are not misinformed.

Anything else you’d like people to know about what you do? I think there’s a misconception that interventional pain physicians only treat back or neck pain. But as I like to tell my patients, I essentially treat anything from head to toe.


Sleep Medicine

SHAWN S. AGHILI
Pulmonary Medicine Associates
(916) 786-7498

PARAMJEET ATWAL
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

ROBERT A. DIAS
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 735-4388

PRADEEP DODDAMREDDY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5375

KIMBERLY A. HARDIN
UC Davis Health – Sleep Medicine
(916) 734-3588

SWAPNA R. PARIKH
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-5375

FREDERICK E. RAMOS
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

DAVID Z. TZENG
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-4821

LYDIA WYTRZES
Sutter Health,
(916) 564-3610

Sports Medicine

JASON D. BRAYLEY
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Promenade Medical Offices
(916) 326-8200

KEVIN BURNHAM
UC Davis Health – Internal Medicine,
(916) 734-2737

BILJINDER S. CHIMA
Rocklin Family Practice
(916) 624-0300

MARCIA FAUSTIN
UC Davis Health – Sports Medicine
(916) 734-6805

JULIE L. INGWERSON
UC Davis Health – Sports Medicine
(916) 734-6805

SUSAN JOY
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(916) 326-8200

CASSANDRA A. LEE
UC Davis Health – Orthopaedic Surgery,
(916) 734-6805

RICHARD A. MARDER
Sutter Health,
(916) 734-6805

ROBERT MASOCOL
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Big Horn Medical Offices
(916) 478-5100

SCOTT MEIER
Kaiser Permanente – Elk Grove Promenade Medical Offices
(916) 544-6160

DANIEL PARKER
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8723

GLORIA RHO
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(916) 326-8200

JEFFREY L. TANJI
UC Davis Medical Group- Davis
(530) 747-3000

BRANDEE L. WAITE
UC Davis Health – Sports Medicine
(916) 734-6805

CHILL C. YEE
Sutter Health,
(916) 797-4725

CRAIG ZIEGLER
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4050

Thoracic Surgery

MATTHEW AGNEW
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

LISA M. BROWN
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-5959

DAVID T. COOKE
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-3861

COSTANZO DI PERNA
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 536-3665

LUIS A. GODOY
UC Davis – Comprehensive Cancer Center,
(916) 734-3861

GREGORY M. GRAVES
Sutter Health,
(916) 456-4428

STERLING HUMPHREY
Sutter Health,
(916) 878-2555

JOHN S. LEE
Sutter Health,
(916) 733-9660

STEPHEN D. MAXWELL
Sutter Health,
(916) 878-2555

RICK PENG
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 688-2000

GARY W. RAFF
Shriners Hospital for Children
(916) 453-2191

BRIAN REZVANI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

TREVOR WILLIAMS
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group,
(916) 999-4432

Transgender Health

ALLISON MARGARET BYRNE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Railyard Medical Center
(866) 454-8855

Urology

CAROLINA ALVAYAY
Sutter Roseville Medical Center
(916) 797-4720

KIRK M. ANDERSON
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9386

ARON M. BRUHN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4160

NOAH E. CANVASSER
UC Davis Health – Urological Surgery,
(916) 734-2222

SAMUEL T. H. CHAN
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4160

MARC A. DALL’ERA
UC Davis Health – Urological Surgery,
(916) 734-2222

JONATHAN A. EANDI
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9386

CHRISTOPHER P. EVANS
UC Davis Health – Urological Surgery,
(916) 734-2222

KIRK D. KEENE
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2081

PATRICK S. KILDAY
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9386

JOYCE LOEFFLER
Dignity Health Woodland Clinic
(530) 576-8922

TAN PHAM
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2081

JENNIFER ROTHSCHILD
UC Davis Health – Urological Surgery,
(916) 734-2222

CARMEN STAPP
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4160

GENEVIEVE H. SWEET
Sutter Health – Roseville Urology
(916) 797-4720

KIMBERLY TAKAHASHI
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4160

KADEE E. THOMPSON
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9386

SCOTT TROXEL
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4160

ALICE TSAO
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2081

JARED WHITSON
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2081

DAVID S. YEE
Sutter Health – Roseville Urology
(916) 797-4720

Vascular / Interventional Radiology

BRADEN BOICE
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5720

MATTHEW D. DANIELSON
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 817-5250

MARK M. DAVIDIAN
Sutter Imaging Vascular & Varicose Vein Center
(916) 783-8114

LAWRENCE DAVIS
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2029

BRANDON J. DOSKOCIL
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 817-5250

FARHAD FARZANEGAN
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2029

ROBERT FREED
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5720

ISAAC KIM
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5720

CHRISTOPHER LAING
Sutter Health – Imaging Sacramento,
(916) 732-7777

MAUD MORSHEDI
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2029

REX M. PILLAI
UC Davis Health- Radiology
(916) 734-3606

DEREK VIEN
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 817-5250

PATRICK M. VOGEL
Sutter Imaging Sacramento
(916) 732-7777

CATHERINE T. VU
UC Davis Health- Radiology
(916) 734-3606

Vascular Surgery

CHRISTOPHER ABBOT
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

JOHN G. BRAWLEY
Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento Medical Center
(916) 688-2014

CHARLES T. BROWNRIDGE
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9400

RICHARD J. CAMPBELL
Kaiser Permanente – Sacramento Medical Center,
(916) 973-5235

JOSEFINA A. DOMINGUEZ
Sutter Health – Sutter Capitol Pavilion,
(916) 262-9400

RICHARD FLORIO
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

DMITRI V. GELFAND
Sutter Health,
(916) 773-8750

BLAKE HAMBY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

MISTY D. HUMPHRIES
UC Davis Health – Vascular Surgery,
(916) 734-3800

MIMMIE KWONG
UC Davis Health – Vascular Surgery,
(916) 734-3800

ADDISON MCMURTRY
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

MATTHEW W. MELL
UC Davis Health – Vascular Surgery,
(916) 734-3800

DANIEL L. MONAHAN
Monahan Vein Clinic
(916) 791-8346

BRIAN D. PARK
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9400

THOMAS PARK
Sutter Health,
(916) 262-9400

SAMANTHA STRADLEIGH
Kaiser Permanente – Roseville Medical Center,
(916) 784-4144

ROMEL VELASTEGUI
REV Vascular,
(866) 852-2183

 


Daniel Cortez, M.D.
Daniel Cortez, M.D., photo by Tim Engle.

Daniel Cortez, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiology
UC DAVIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

COVID-19 is not the only virus that can lead to myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. But at the pandemic’s peak, when reports poured out linking myocarditis to COVID infections and vaccines, it caused a stir—especially among parents of children and teens. Now that the dust has settled a bit, what have we learned? We asked pediatric cardiologist Daniel Cortez, M.D.—who calls himself an “electrician for the heart” (he’s an electrophysiologist)—for his perspective.

What kinds of heart problems have you observed with young people who contract COVID? The biggest thing I’ve seen with COVID is myocarditis. In kids, myocarditis can either lead to dysfunction of the heart or can cause enlargement of the coronary arteries—the vessels that feed the heart. Unfortunately, if that’s not treated appropriately, it can lead to serious issues such as aneurysms and early coronary disease. Sometimes the coronary arteries are very dilated and never get back to normal, and we don’t know what that means, long term.

There’s also something called Kawasaki disease, and COVID has a version of it, MIS-C, multi-inflammatory syndrome in children, that can similarly affect the coronary arteries.

Can you provide some guidelines for parents? If a child has COVID and has a fever for five  straight days, it indicates a need for further evaluation, including an ultrasound of the heart. It’s really worth checking those coronary arteries and treating them appropriately to prevent future heart attacks or other issues.

You have a preference for family appointments. What’s that about? I see a lot of patients who have family members with the same condition, with differing degrees of severity. With the shared knowledge that can happen when multiple family members are in the room, in my mind it only makes sense to bring them in to be seen at the same time.