CONSULTANTS

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ORTHOPEDICS

Edward W. Younger III, M.D.

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Younger, Medical Director, MRK Medical Consultants, specializes in orthopedic surgery. He has extensive experience in total joint replacement, as well as reconstructive surgery of the knee, hip, and shoulder. He served on the orthopedic trauma staff at Mercy San Juan Medical Center for more than fifteen years and was instrumental in bringing computer navigation technology to that institution. Dr. Younger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the California Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Younger received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Michael R. Klein, Jr., M.D.

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Klein specializes in orthopedic surgery and is a founding member and the first medical director of Northern California Orthopedic Centers. He was involved with the development of the orthopedic section of the Level II Trauma Center at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, California. He is a clinical instructor at the University of California, Davis Medical Center; a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; and a member of the American Medical Association and the California Medical Association. Dr. Klein received his master of science in anatomy from Drexel University and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine.  

Daniel Anderson, M.D.

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Anderson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in arthroscopy of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. He also performs hip and knee replacement surgery, including challenging revision surgery. His medical degree is from the George Washington University in the District of Columbia. He graduated with distinction and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He served his residency at the University of California, Davis and then entered the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years, including during Operation Desert Storm. From there he was in private practice before working for a large medical group for the past eight years. He is a clinical faculty member at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and Touro University. He is a contributing author for Operative Orthopaedics, by Michael W. Chapman. 

William L. Bargar, M.D.

JOINT RECONSTRUCTION SURGEON

Dr. Bargar is an award-winning orthopedic surgeon and robotics pioneer. He is the co-inventor of the Robodoc joint replacement system, a medical development so important that the prototype now resides in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. As a board-certified surgeon, he practiced in the Sacramento area for many years, including with Sutter Community Hospitals. He is a clinical professor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Orthopedics. Dr. Bargar is the recipient or co-recipient of multiple honors, including the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Information Technology in Medicine and the prestigious Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award. He is a member of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty and the International Society for the Study of Custom-Made Prostheses. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Hip Society, the Knee Society, Academic Orthopedic Society, Western Orthopaedic Association, and the American Orthopaedic Association. He has reviewed for prominent publications such as Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and The Journal of Arthroplasty. He has published extensively on total hip arthroplasty and total hip revisions, as well as on robotics in hip surgery. He has also authored book chapters on hip replacement, revision total hip arthroplasty, custom design, and robotics in hip surgery. Dr. Bargar is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University. He then went on to a course of study at UCLA in biomechanics and joint replacement. He also has a master of science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

David Chang, M.D.

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Chang practices general orthopedics in Berkeley, California. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor of science with high honors in biology. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 2004. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Santa Monica Orthopaedics. Dr. Chang provides athletic team coverage as medical director for the WTA Berkeley Tennis Club Challenger and since 2006 has been on the medical staff of Tour of California Cycling. He is a consulting team physician for Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California, and has been involved with providing medical coverage for soccer and rowing teams in the Bay Area. He is a member of the California Orthopaedic Association, Society of Tennis Medicine and Science, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is currently department chair of orthopedics at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus. 

Rakesh Donthineni, M.D., MBA

ORTHOPEDIC and SPINAL SURGEON

Dr. Donthineni completed his orthopedic residence at the University of California, San Diego and subsequently did a fellowship in orthopedic oncology at Harvard Medical School and a further spine surgery fellowship in Bologna, Italy. He was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and later at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. Dr. Donthineni currently practices in the Bay Area and Sacramento. His practice is focused on spine surgeries and management, as well as musculoskeletal tumors and general orthopedics. 

Jonathan Eastman, M.D.

ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON

Dr. Eastman is an assistant professor on the faculty of the University of California Davis Medical School, specializing in orthopedic trauma surgery. He is the recipient of multiple research grants concerning orthopedic trauma and has authored numerous papers and book chapters on the subject, including in the prominent Chapman’s Comprehensive Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a clinical area of focus in treating complex injuries to the pelvis and acetabulum. He also cares for polytraumatized patients with long bone fractures and complex fractures around the major joints of the upper and lower extremity. Dr. Eastman completed his orthopedic internship and residency at UC Davis, where he was chief resident of the Orthopedic Surgery Department before going on to an advanced clinical experience in orthopedic traumatology at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. 

Mauro Giordani, M.D. 

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Giordani practices at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, where he is chief of the Adult Reconstructive Service in the Department of Orthopedics. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency training in orthopedics at USC. Dr. Giordani also completed a fellowship in the study of Ilizarov methodology and adult reconstruction in Lecco, Italy, and a fellowship in adult reconstruction at New England Baptist Hospital and Tufts University. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is licensed to practice in California and in Italy.

Dave Manske, M.D.

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

Dr. Manske has more than thirty years of experience operating on complex orthopedic cases. He served as chief of orthopedics for many years at Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers throughout the Sacramento area. He was voted outstanding Clinical Faculty Member at University of California, Davis in 1987, 1997, 2009, 2012, and 2019-2020, and has earned multiple additional teaching awards. He was Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento’s Most Valuable Physician in 2013. Dr. Manske is a clinical professor at University of California, Davis School of Medicine and California Northstate University’s College of Medicine, as well as an adjunct clinical professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and an active member of Sierra/Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Dr. Manske is an alum of University of California, Davis, where he attended undergraduate and medical school and completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery.

Robert Slater, M.D.

ORTHOPEDIC HAND AND ARM SPECIALIST

Dr. Slater specializes in the hand and upper extremity. He has served on several American Academy of Orthopedic boards and committees and is widely published on issues of the hand and upper extremity. He is a faculty preceptor for physician assistant students at the University of California, Davis Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Program and a clinical professor in the university’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He has served as president of the Western Orthopaedic Association and chair of the membership committee of the California Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Slater received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residencies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to do a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Slater is in private practice in Folsom, California.

Richard Tortosa, M.D.

ORTHOPEDIC HAND AND ARM SPECIALIST

Dr. Tortosa is a preeminent hand surgeon who also specializes in other areas of the upper extremity, including soft tissue and skeletal injuries to the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. He is board-certified in orthopedics with a hand surgery subspecialty. He served for more than two decades as a clinical orthopedics professor at the University of California, Davis and has had numerous upper extremity fellowships. Dr. Tortosa has served on the Mayo Clinic Elbow Study Group and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society of Surgery of the Hand, and the International Wrist Investigators. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed his residency at the University of California San Francisco. He also has an executive MBA in healthcare from the University of California, Irvine.

ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANTS

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ANESTHESIOLOGY

Michael Greenberg, M.D. 

ANESTHESIOLOGIST

Dr. Greenberg is a board-certified anesthesiologist. He received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta and his medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his internship and residency in anesthesiology at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and has practiced at Metropolitan Anesthesiology Consultants in Sacramento since 1991. He is a staff anesthesiologist providing anesthesia services for Mercy San Juan Medical Center. Since June 2000, he has been a senior physician diplomat at University of California, Davis Medical Center, where he teaches anesthesia residents. 



Michael Levin, M.D.

ANESTHESIOLOGIST

Dr. Levin is a board-certified anesthesiologist and since 1993 has also been certified in the subspecialty of pain management. He has served as an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology and pain management at University of California, Davis Medical Center. Dr. Levin received his undergraduate and medical degrees from The Ohio State University. He completed his internship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He then focused on pain management with a UC Davis fellowship for chronic and cancer pain management in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Levin is in private practice in the Sacramento area.

BARIATRIC/GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY

See General Surgery

BILLING

See Medical and Hospital Bill Auditing

CARDIOLOGY

Richard J. Axelrod, M.D.

CARDIOLOGIST

Dr. Axelrod is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiology. His special focus is interventional cardiology, in which he obtained his board certification in 1999. He is a practicing cardiologist with Northern California Cardiology Associates. Dr. Axelrod is also a certified qualified medical evaluator and a member of the medical-legal committee for the Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society. He is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and a member of the California Medical Association. Dr. Axelrod received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He also has a master’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University.   

Timothy Lee, M.D.

CARDIOLOGIST

Dr. Lee is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. His focus in cardiology stems from his interest in the full range of heart disease—from chest pain to congestive heart failure to acute mycomial inflammation. Dr. Lee began his career in 1989 as a staff physician with Kaiser Permanente and has served as an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He also has worked with the Cardiovascular Care Medical Group as an internist/cardiologist. Dr. Lee received his medical degree from George Washington University of Medicine and Health Care Sciences. He completed his internship, residency, and a cardiology fellowship at the University of California, Davis, and an interventional cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Lee practices in the Sacramento area.

CHIROPRACTIC ORTHOPEDICS

Lewis Meltz, D.C.

CHIROPRACTIC ORTHOPEDICS

Dr. Meltz is owner/director of Chiropractic Orthopedic Group of El Dorado Hills, California. He is a fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and a postgraduate instructor at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Department of Orthopedics; the Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine; and Lerner Education, Inc. Dr. Meltz is a Diplomat of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Dr. Meltz is a certified industrial injury consultant and a qualified medical evaluator certified by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations.

COLON and RECTAL SURGERY

James O. Myers, M.D.

COLON AND RECTAL SURGEON

Dr. Myers is board-certified in colon and rectal surgery. He completed his internship and residency at the Naval Hospital in San Diego and served in the U.S. Navy in multiple medical positions. He completed his undergraduate work at Duke University and obtain his medical degree from George Washington University. He is a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and American College of Surgeons. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Myers is currently in private practice in Sacramento.

CRITICAL CARE/INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

Peter Murphy, M.D., M.R.C.P., F.C.C.P., B.Sc.

CRITICAL CARE/ICU SPECIALIST

Dr. Murphy is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in pulmonary disease and critical care. He has been in private practice in Carmichael, California, since 1977 and is currently a clinical professor and assistant dean, chair of the Internal Medicine Department at California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, California. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He has served at various times as president of the medical staff, medical director of the trauma unit, and director of the intensive care unit at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. He has also worked as a qualified medical examiner. Dr. Murphy completed his residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, New York and a fellowship in pulmonary disease at State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his medical degree from University College of Dublin, Ireland. 

DENTISTRY

Herbert A. Wanier, D.D.S.

DENTIST

Dr. Wanier is a board-certified dentist who has practiced general dentistry in the Sacramento area since 1974. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Sacramento District Dental Society. Dr. Wanier was a member of the Forum for Dental Excellence, Spear Study Group from 2002 to 2017. He received his dental degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is available for exams in the Sacramento area.

Emergency Medicine

Richard Blohm, M.D.

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Dr. Blohm is a board-certified physician who specializes in emergency care. He currently serves as an assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and California Northstate University College of Medicine. He practices at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, where he is a member of the quality review committee. He also works one month per year at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, as an attending emergency room physician. Dr. Blohm graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at UC Davis Medical Center. He completed his undergraduate degrees with honors at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and licensed to practice in both California and Hawaii.



Eric C. Disbrow, M.D.

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Dr. Disbrow is a board-certified family and geriatric physician who currently practices family medicine with Atwater Medical Group in Atwater, California. He has previous certifications in emergency and sports medicine. He is an avid heli-skier and has worked as team physician for the Atwater High School football team. Among his many professional affiliations, Dr. Disbrow has served as an assistant clinical professor in family medicine at the University of California, Davis, where he developed post-graduate medical education programs for emergency room physicians. He also served as a community physician representative on the university’s Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee. He is a member of the California Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians. He has been awarded numerous medical and community service honors. Dr. Disbrow received his medical degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, New York. He completed his internship and residency at Sacramento Medical Center.

Dan Field, M.D.

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Dr. Field is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and practiced emergency medicine for thirty years at Kaiser facilities in the Sacramento area. During that time, he also served the California Medical Board as both an expert reviewer and consultant. He has worked as a Sacramento County deputy reserve officer providing medical expertise to the SED (SWAT equivalent). He has served on the clinical faculty at the University of California, Davis, and most recently as a medical school instructor at California Northstate University. Dr. Field received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, did his internship at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, and completed a residency in emergency medicine at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ENDOCRINOLOGY

William Green Cushard, M.D.

ENDOCRINOLOGIST

Dr. Cushard has board certifications in nuclear medicine, internal medicine, and endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. He has been in private practice in Sacramento, California, since 1971. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland and did his residency in metabolic diseases at the University of Pennsylvania and then a fellowship in endocrinology at Michael Reese Hospital, University of Chicago. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, the subspecialty Board and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. He is a clinical professor of medicine at both the University of California, Davis and California Northstate University College of Medicine. Dr. Cushard has been an editorial reviewer for Endocrine Practice 2003, 2006; Diabetes Care 2017 and has lectured on multiple endocrine topics at UC Davis.

ENT

See Otolaryngology

FOOT and ANKLE

See Podiatry

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Kuldip Sandhu, M.D.

GASTROENTEROLOGIST

Dr. Sandhu is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is an active medical staff member at Mercy San Juan Medical Center and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He has been a clinical instructor in medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, the California Medical Association, and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Additionally, Dr. Sandhu has participated in and chaired numerous medical committees at Sacramento area hospitals and has been a significant part of the Sacramento Physicians Network. Dr. Sandhu received his Medical Degree from Punjabi University Medical School in Patiala, India, where he also completed an internship and residency. He then completed an internship and residency at MLK-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and a fellowship in gastroenterology at LAC-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERAL SURGERY

Laura Machado, M.D.

BARIATRIC and GENERAL SURGEON

Dr. Machado is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is in private practice as a general and advanced laparoscopic surgeon in Carmichael, CA. She serves as medical director for bariatric services at Mercy San Juan Medical Center and on the hospital’s surgical executive committee. She is the recipient of multiple awards for surgical excellence and has presented and published numerous times on the subject of bariatric surgery. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Association of Women Surgeons. Dr. Machado received her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of California, Davis, where she was chosen as chief resident. She also completed a bariatric mini-fellowship at Montefiore University Medical Center’s Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Bronx, New York.

Eric Morse, M.D.

GENERAL and TRAUMA SURGEON

Dr. Morse is a general and trauma surgeon at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, California, where he has also served as chief of surgery and surgical department chair. He is also a clinical faculty member at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Morse is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He holds special certifications in endoscopic cholecystectomy; laparoscopic herniorrhaphy; laparoscopic bowel and appendectomy; and advanced laparoscopic bowel/colon, rectal, and gastric procedures; and advanced trauma life support. Dr. Morse received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed both his internship and then his residency in general surgery at UC Davis Medical Center. 

GERIATRICS/FAMILY MEDICINE

Eric C. Disbrow, M.D.

GERIATRICS/FAMILY PRACTITIONER

Dr. Disbrow is a board-certified family and geriatric physician who currently practices family medicine with Atwater Medical Group in Atwater, California. He has previous certifications in emergency and sports medicine. He is an avid heli-skier and has worked as team physician for the Atwater High School football team. Among his many professional affiliations, Dr. Disbrow has served as an assistant clinical professor in family medicine at the University of California, Davis and as a community physician representative on the university’s Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee. He is a member of the California Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians. He has been awarded numerous medical and community service honors. Dr. Disbrow received his medical degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, New York. He completed his internship and residency at Sacramento Medical Center.

HAND SURGERY

See Orthopedics or Plastic Surgery/Hand Specialist

LIFE CARE PLANNING 

Stephen Mann, M.D.

LIFE CARE PLANNING, M.D.

In addition to thirty years’ experience in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation medicine, Dr. Mann has performed more than one hundred independent medical examinations for both plaintiff and defense counsel, including cases of medical malpractice and catastrophic injury. Dr. Mann is a featured speaker at the annual International Symposium for Life Care Planning, and presents to plaintiff and defense counsel organizations when requested. Dr. Mann completed the University of Florida Life Care Planning curriculum and became a certified life care planner in 2012. Dr. Mann is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and is licensed to practice medicine in Arizona, Nevada, and California. He is a volunteer physician at the Northern Arizona Veterans Administration in Prescott, Arizona. He also sees patients in the spinal cord clinic at the Prescott VA facility.

LUNG

See Pulmonary Medicine

MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL BILL AUDITING

Agnes Grogan, R.N., B.S.

AUDITING

Ms. Grogan is a registered nurse experienced in clinical issues. She has a bachelor of science in Business Administration. She is a founding member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, and a member of the Association of Medical Auditor Specialists. She has published numerous articles regarding medical bill review and is a contributing author for a chapter on the significance of healthcare fraud in nursing, Nursing Malpractice, Third Edition. Ms. Grogan has given numerous professional presentations on billing review, medical fraud, and legal nurse consulting and has provided seminars and educational workshops to hospitals and medical personnel on the audit process. She reviews and audits healthcare bills related to organizational compliance, accuracy of charges, and medical fraud. She is also experienced in elder abuse issues. 

METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING

Charles Raggio

METALLURGICAL ENGINEER

Mr. Raggio is a licensed metallurgical engineer in the state of California. He earned his bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. His professional career began with Bechtel Corporation, working in the welding and non-destructive testing disciplines in the energy field. He subsequently moved into the orthopedic implant field and now has more than forty years of experience in the design, manufacturing, sales, and marketing of orthopedic implants. His work in orthopedics includes a patent for bone in-growth surfaces; initial designs of the first custom titanium “Trim-Flange” hemispherical pelvic replacement; and the development of the first forged titanium alloy hip stem marketed in the United States. He has extensive experience in the custom orthopedic implant market, having personally designed more than two thousand custom implants for hip, knee, and shoulder. He is currently the principal engineer at Raggio Metallurgical Group, providing consulting and failure-analysis services to a variety of industries.

NEUROLOGY

Sandra Shefrin, M.D.

NEUROLOGIST

Dr. Shefrin is board certified in both neurology and internal medicine. She has been practicing neurology and working as an expert medical witness in the Bay Area for more than twenty-five years. She was an attending neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco-Mt. Zion Hospital for fifteen years. She has practiced in Marin County since 2006 and was previously chief of the Department of Neurology at Marin General Hospital. She has extensive experience in evaluating and managing the full range of neurological conditions, including but not limited to head and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, headache, back pain, dizziness, cognitive decline, memory loss, seizures, PTSD, neuropathies, strokes, tumors, and multiple sclerosis. She is also an expert in Parkinson’s Disease and movement disorders. Dr. Shefrin completed her neurology residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She also completed an internal medicine residency at McGill University. Currently, she is in private practice and is a consulting neurologist at Marin General Hospital (Marin Health).

Howard Slyter, M.D.

NEUROLOGIST

Dr. Slyter is a board-certified neurologist who practiced at Kaiser Hospitals in Northern California and served as an assistant and associate professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. He has also worked as an expert medical reviewer for the Medical Board of California. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed his neurology residency at Stanford University, where he was a fellow in pediatric neurology. His undergraduate degree is from Harvard College. Dr. Slyter is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, California Medical Association, and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. 

NEUROSURGERY

Paul Kaloostian, M.D.

NEUROSURGEON

Dr. Kaloostian is a board-certified neurosurgeon practicing in the Los Angeles. He specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery, spinal oncology, and cranial and spinal trauma. He is a prolific researcher and scientist, authoring more than seventy peer-reviewed manuscripts, one hundred book chapters, and twelve peer-reviewed scientific textbooks. Dr. Kaloostian received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of New Mexico Medical Center, where he served as chief neurosurgical resident. He then completed a complex spine and spinal oncology instructorship and fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. He has served as an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Riverside, and is now in private practice. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Medical Association.

Kamran Sahrakar, M.D.

NEUROSURGEON

Dr. Sahrakar is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has served as assistant chief of the Department of Neurosurgery and co-chief of radiosurgery at Kaiser Permanente, where he also served on the faculty. He received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of California, Davis. He then served as chief neurosurgical resident at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Sahrakar is currently on the clinical faculty of both UC Davis and the University of California, San Francisco. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and is active in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, American College of Surgeons, Society for Neuro-Oncology, and the American Association of Medical Acupuncture. 

OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY

Robert P. Freed, M.D.

OBSTETRICIAN/GYNECOLOGIST 

Dr. Freed is a physician in OB/GYN private practice and maintains an affiliation with Women’s Health Care Consultants in Carmichael, California. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His professional affiliations include fellow of the American College of OB/GYN and member of the Northern California OB/GYN Society. Dr. Freed received his medical degree from Loma Linda University. 

OPHTHALMOLOGY

Richard L. Rabin, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST and EYE SURGEON

Dr. Rabin is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in LASIK, glaucoma, and cataract surgery. Dr. Rabin was part of the Accelerated Physician Scientist program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated magna cum laude. He completed medical school at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, and his internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. His ophthalmology residency took place at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York, where he treated a wide variety of complex eye diseases and was selected to be chief resident. He went on to complete a fellowship in glaucoma and complex cataract surgery at the prestigious Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with world-renowned glaucoma and cataract surgeon Dr. Douglas Rhee. Dr. Rabin is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Michael Joseph Kearns, M.D.

OTOLARYNGOLOGIST and HEAD/NECK SURGEON

Dr. Kearns specializes in head and neck surgery and is affiliated with Sacramento ENT, Inc., in Sacramento, California. He is a qualified medical examiner for the State of California Industrial Medical Council and diplomate for both the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is board certified in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. Dr. Kearns is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery as well as the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of many professional societies including the California and Sacramento Societies of Otolaryngology, California Medical Association, and Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Dr. Kearns received his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, and served as chief resident for the University of California, San Diego’s Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.  



Deanne Nyland, M.D.

OTOLARYNGOLOGIST and HEAD/NECK SURGEON

Deanne Nyland (nee Roberts) is chair of the Division of Otolaryngology at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. She grew up in Seattle. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, majoring in chemistry and dance. She then attended Vanderbilt University for medical school before continuing on to do her residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Kentucky.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Michael Levin, M.D.

PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Dr. Levin is a board-certified anesthesiologist and since 1993 has also been certified in the subspecialty of pain management. He has served as an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. Dr. Levin received his undergraduate and medical degrees from The Ohio State University. He completed his internship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He then focused on pain management with a UC Davis fellowship for chronic and cancer pain management in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Levin is in private practice in the Sacramento area. 

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION

Stephen L. Mann, M.D., C.L.C.P.

PHYSICAL MEDICINE and REHABILITATION SPECIALIST

Dr. Mann is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and a certified fife care planner. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed his internships and residency at the University of California, Davis. He currently is a physician for the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System and a medical consultant for the Arizona Medical Board. He is on the clinical faculty of Northern Arizona University’s Department of Physical Therapy.

PLASTIC SURGERY

Jason Solomon, M.D.

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON

Dr. Solomon is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and has practiced in the Sacramento area for more than twenty years. He is an active member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the Lipoplasty Society of North America. Dr. Solomon also belongs to the Sacramento Society of Plastic Surgery, where he has served as president. He also is a member of the Sacramento-El Dorado Medical Society. He spent more than ten years as chief of plastic surgery at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, California. Dr. Solomon graduated from Temple University Medical School and did his surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is currently in private practice.  

Clifford T. Pereira, M.D.

PLASTIC SURGEON and HAND SURGERY SPECIALIST

Dr. Pereira is board-certified in surgery, surgery of the hand, and plastic surgery. He is an associate professor of plastic surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and associate program director for the university’s plastic surgery residents. He previously was an affiliate assistant professor of plastic surgery at Stanford Medical Center and an attending physician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and has presented at medical conferences throughout the United States and in Europe. He has received multiple awards and honors, including from the Mayo Clinic Microsurgery Reconstructive Course. He is a member of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Pereira completed his residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery, as well as a fellowship in hand and microsurgery, at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has an FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of both England and Edinburgh (UK), and received his medical degree from M.S. University in Baroda, India. 

PODIATRY

Stephen Medawar, D.P.M.

SURGICAL PODIATRIST

Dr. Medawar is a board-certified surgical podiatrist who has practiced in the Sacramento area for more than thirty-five years. He has served as an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Davis, and as chairman of the Mercy San Juan Medical Center Department of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Medawar completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis, and his D.P.M. at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California. He is a member of American Podiatric Medical Association and a past president of the Sacramento Valley Podiatric Medical Association.

PULMONARY MEDICINE

Peter Murphy, M.D., M.R.C.P., F.C.C.P., B.Sc.

PULMONOLOGIST

Dr. Murphy is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in pulmonary disease and critical care. He has been in private practice in Carmichael, California, since 1977 and is currently a clinical professor and assistant dean, chair of the Internal Medicine Department at California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, California. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He has served at various times as president of the medical staff, medical director of the trauma unit, and director of the intensive care unit at Mercy San Juan Medical Center. He has also worked as a qualified medical examiner. Dr. Murphy completed his residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, New York, and a fellowship in pulmonary disease at State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his medical degree from University College of Dublin, Ireland. 

RHEUMATOLOGY/FIBROMYALGIA

Douglas Haselwood, M.D.

RHEUMATOLOGIST and FIBROMYALGIA SPECIALIST

Dr. Haselwood is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and has been a principal investigator in a number of clinical trials. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of soft-tissue disorders and arthritis. He is a consulting physician for the State Teachers Retirement System and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, California Medical Association, and the Sacramento-El Dorado County Medical Society. Dr. Haselwood completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Cambridge University and received his medical degree from University of Rochester.

THORACIC SURGERY

Stephen Maxwell, M.D.

THORACIC SURGEON

Dr. Maxwell is board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and practices at hospitals throughout the Sacramento area. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and an associate fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Maxwell is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Case Western Reserve University. He is licensed to practice medicine in California, Hawaii, and Ohio. His interests are thoracic oncology, general thoracic surgery including esophageal, pulmonary, mediastinal and diaphragmatic surgery, and minimally invasive surgery including fluoroscopic and thoracoscopic surgery.

UROLOGY



Dennis Lee, M.D.

UROLOGICAL SURGEON

Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with honors from Stanford University and graduated from the University of California Davis School of Medicine, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his surgical internship and his urology residency at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in urological oncology with an emphasis on minimally invasive and robotic techniques at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California. He is currently chair of the Division of Urology at Mercy Medical Group in Carmichael, California. Dr. Lee is a member of the American Urological Association and the Western Section American Urological Association. He has presented at medical conferences throughout the United States and published numerous journal articles. Dr. Lee is in private practice in Carmichael, CA.

VASCULAR SURGERY



Daniel Monahan, M.D. 

VASCULAR SURGEON

Dr. Monahan is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Venous Forum, and the American College of Phlebology. He is also a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Monahan completed his medical internship and was a resident at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Hospital. He completed his residency at Virginia Mason Clinic in Seattle, Washington. He received his medical degree from the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. Dr. Monahan currently practices in the Roseville area.

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