Current Members


Damon Francis, MD
Interim Chair

Damon Francis, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Health Leads, a non-profit that envisions a healthcare system that addresses basic needs such as food and housing as a standard part of quality care. His work involves re-imagining and re-designing primary care as a collaborative enterprise among patients, clinics, and community based organizations, and leveraging the potential for integrated health and human services data to accelerate the impact of public health interventions. He previously directed the Health Care for the Homeless program at a local health department in California. He received an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jimena Maza, MD

Jimena Maza was born and raised in La Peninsula de Yucatan Mexico, (for her, the Paradise on earth), in a very loving family. She did medical school in La Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. After she finished medical school, she spent one year working in a rural clinic in a Mayan community close to Chichen Itza. Since then, she has been working as a clinical supervisor, and most recently as Primary Care Director at Compañeros en Salud (CES) in la Sierra Madre de Chiapas, a part of the Partners in Health (PIH) network. Jimena served as the first HEAL-CES site fellow in the inaugural HEAL class (2015-2017).

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

Dr. 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 (, 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

With 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) (, the Center for Vulnerable Populations ( and the Kidney Health Research Collaborative (

Dawn A. Yazzie, M.A.

Dawn currently works part-time as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant on the Navajo reservation in Arizona; and also as a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CoE for IECMHC). Dawn has experience in providing mental health consultation to early care directors, teachers, and providers on the Navajo reservation. As a part of this work she also provides mental health consultation to home visitors on the Navajo reservation as well. Dawn has been able to incorporate traditional Navajo cultural perspectives into the early childhood best practices trainings when working on the Navajo Nation. Dawn also provides presentations on her work as an ECMHC on the Navajo Nation, as a part of professional development for technical assistance providers for Arizona’s FTF Quality First program, early childhood professionals and Infant-Toddler Mental Health professionals. Dawn also serves as a health board member for an Indian Health Services contracted Self-Determination (‘638) hospital, and as Chair of the First Things First - Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council. Dawn has earned a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.

Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H

Dr. 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

Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, and Assistant Professor of Public Health 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. Sriram Shamasunder, he co-founded the nation’s first Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship, and co-founded the HEAL Initiative in 2014.



Past Members



Mike Tutt, MD

Dr. Mike Tutt is currently working as CMO for Tshehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ. He is trained as an internist and rheumatologist. His interests includes traveling, farming, and natural medicine. Mike is a past HEAL Fellow and aims to expand social justice on the Navajo Reservation.

Hugo Flores, MD

Dr. Hugo Flores is an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Co-Founder and CEO of Compañeros en Salud (CES), the Mexican branch of Partners In Health.  In 2010 he started working in the sierra region of Chiapas with the PIH supported project and later on that year the team decided to start the PIH official branch. Through a partnership with the minister of health at both the state and federal levels, and two of the top medical schools in Mexico, CES implements a unique academic program for the compulsory social service year for physicians in Mexico that has revitalized several rural clinics in the isolated region. The main intervention of the program is primary care, with focus on NCDs, mental health and CHWs. The program has succesfully attracted top medical students to serve the most marginalized populations and has delivered continual primary care for communities that never had a doctor before. He is a medical graduate of the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Medicine in Mexico.

Joanne Kagle

Ms. Joanne Kagle leads a small, grass-roots philanthropic fund that seeks to foster innovation/mentorship/collaborations in healthcare and global health education, with a focus on diabetes care (broadly defined) and medical training/skill-development in resource poor settings. She serves on the board of Partners in Health and the advisory boards of the UCSF Global Health Group and the UCSF HEAL Initiative. Current projects include a Midwife Training Program in Pakistan, a Nursing Excellence Initiative in Haiti, a Global Health Nurse Fellows Program, an Advanced Practice Nursing Diabetes Minor Program, and a UCSF Collaborative Diabetes Fund focusing on clinical care, research, and outreach to the vulnerable population. She is a longtime member of the UCSF Diabetes Center Leadership Council as well as a member of Legacy Venture, a philanthropic venture group. Joanne is a former board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Charles Armstrong School for the dyslexic learner. She attended General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and San Jose State University, where she received a B.S. in Business Administration.

Homa Bahrami

Prof. Homa Bahrami is an international educator, advisor, board member and author, specializing in organizational flexibility, team alignment, and dynamic leadership in global, knowledge-based industries. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, a Faculty Director at the Haas Center for Executive Education, and on the Board of the Haas Center for Teaching Excellence. She is the co-author of a major textbook “Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations”, published by the University of Chicago Press, and translated into many languages. Her latest book “Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises”, focuses on practical approaches for strategizing, organizing and leading knowledge enterprises, based on their collective experience and field research in Silicon Valley. Homa serves on the Boards of Directors of two public technology companies where she is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees, and chairs the Governance Committee. She is active in executive education and executive development in the US, Europe, and Asia. She works with Boards and executive teams on strategic alignment, enterprise transformation, leadership development, and complex re-organizations and with HR and OD professionals on executive development and learning interventions.

Rebecca Weintraub, MD

Dr. Rebecca Weintraub is a physician, entrepreneur and educator focused on the strategy and design of health care delivery. Prior to joining DRK, she was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity led by Dr. Paul Farmer. Currently, Rebecca practices internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a Senior Institute Associate at Harvard Business School she has collaborated with Professor Michael Porter to develop new strategies to disseminate valued based health care delivery. Rebecca spearheaded, a network of virtual communities that connects 20,000+ health professionals from more than 180 countries. In 2008, she launched the Cases in Global Health Delivery, a collection of 40 case studies with Harvard Business Publishing, detailing how leaders determine their strategies and design systems to generate value for patients and populations. The cases are taught at over 500 schools of medicine, public health, and business. She also co-founded Jumpstart, the national AmeriCorps program. In 2014, the World Economic Forum honored Rebecca as a Young Global Leader. In 2016, she was named to the Perspectives Advisory Board of the New England Journal of Medicine.