Our Steering Committee

Damon Francis, MD

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Dr. 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.

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.

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.

Homa Bahrami
homapicProf. 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.


Hugo Flores, MD 

FLORES.jpgDr. 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.

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.


Dr. Sriram Shamasunder

DrSriramShamasunder_SheilaMenezes_sRGB_smv2Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H 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.

Dr. Phuoc V. Le 

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