Our Steering Committee

Damon Francis, MD (Interim Chair)

DF picDr. Damon Francis is the Interim Director and Medical Director of the Health Care for the Homeless Program in the Alameda County Public Health Department based in Oakland, CA. In that role, he provides clinical and administrative oversight to a range of health and social service programs for people experiencing homelessness, and participates in the development of local policy related to housing, health care, and social services for low income communities. He also serves as the volunteer medical director of the HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County, and as a member of the advisory board of the UCSF MedLink program, a mentorship program for high school students from underserved Bay Area communities. He is a graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency, and continues to serve as a member of the volunteer faculty.

Patricia Cornet, MD

Dr. Patricia Cornet is professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Medicine at UCSF.  In her role as vice chair, she oversees all graduate medical education programs, including fellowships, within the department.  She is an active attending in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.  She has won multiple awards, including membership into the Academy of Medical Educators.

Michelle Morse, MD, MPH

Michelle MorseDr. Morse is Founding Co-Director of EqualHealth and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Morse co-founded EqualHealth (www.equalhealth.org), an organization that aims to inspire and support the development of Haiti’s next generation of healthcare leaders through transforming medical and nursing education and creating opportunities for Haitian health professionals to thrive. She works to strengthen medical education globally, expand the teaching of social medicine in the US and abroad, and to support health systems strengthening through EqualHealth.  In 2015 Dr. Morse worked with several partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium, a global coalition of over 450 people representing over 50 universities and organizations in twelve countries, which seeks to use activism and disruptive pedagogy rooted in the practice and teaching of social medicine to address the miseducation of health professionals on the root causes of illness.

Lenny Lopez, MD

LennyWith an ultimate goal of reducing healthcare disparities in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, Dr. Lopez’ research addresses issues relating to patient safety and language barriers, optimizing primary care clinical services for Latinos with cultural and linguistic barriers, and using health information technology to decrease disparities. A second line of research is investigating the epidemiology of acculturation among Latinos in the US and its impact on the prevalence and development of cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. This research will help inform how to better design clinical interventions for improving chronic disease management among Latinos.

Dr. Lopez’s work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK) and the Harold Amos Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Past funders have included the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Aetna Foundation and the McKesson Foundation.

Currently, Dr. Lopez serves as the Chief of Hospital Medicine at the UCSF – San Francisco VA Medical Center. In addition, he is a faculty member in the following research translational centers: The UCSF Center for the Study of Adversity and Cardiovascular Diseases (NURTURE Center) (http://nurture-center-ucsf-cardiology.org), the Center for Vulnerable Populations (https://cvp.ucsf.edu) and the Kidney Health Research Collaborative (http://khrc.ucsf.edu).

Mike Tutt, MD


Dr. Mike Tutt is currently working as CMO for TMC in Fort Defiance, AZ. He is trained as an internist and rheumatologist. Interest includes traveling, farming, and natural medicine. He aims to expand social justice on the Navajo Reservation.



Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H

DrSriramShamasunder_SheilaMenezes_sRGB_smv2Dr. Shamasunder is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Harbor UCLA. He has worked extensively in Rwanda, Liberia, Haiti, Burundi, and India. Recently, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship where he studied implementation in resource-poor tribal areas in rural India. In 2010, he was named an Asia 21 fellow as well as the Northern California Young Physician of the Year. He continues to work with Partners in Health (PIH) several months a year.

Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H

PHUOCDr. Le is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He is the Director of the Interdisciplinary MPH Program at UC Berkeley. Dr. Le completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. During residency, he worked with PIH to provide equitable health care in Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, and post-earthquake Haiti. With Dr. Shamasunder, he co-founded the nation’s first Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship. He continues to work with PIH several months a year.


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