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Leadership Team

Jyothi Marbin MD

Director, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

Dr. Marbin comes to the JMP from the UCSF Department of Pediatrics, where she served as the associate program director (APD) for Recruitment and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the Pediatrics Residency Program; the director of the Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity (PLUS) Residency Program; and co-director of the Health Equity & Racial Justice Graduate Medical Education Pathway. Dr. Marbin is an associate clinical professor and general pediatrician who practices at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). Earlier, Dr. Marbin worked at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (BCHO).

Dr. Marbin completed her undergraduate work at Brown University. Dr. Marbin received her medical degree from the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown and completed her pediatric residency training in the PLUS program at UCSF. She completed the UCSF Teaching Scholars Program in 2017, and received a post-baccalaureate certificate in ethnic studies from San Francisco State University in 2020.

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Leanna W. Lewis, LCSW

Associate Director, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Administrative Program Director, UCSF Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) at the JMP

Leanna, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, joined the JMP and PRIME-US in 2015 having spent many years as a mental health clinician at the Center for the Vulnerable Child (CVC) Department at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. For more than two decades, Leanna has worked with a culturally and socioeconomically diverse population in hospitals, schools, and community agencies. Leanna is an experienced lecturer, trainer, and consultant in the areas of racial equity, diversity and inclusion, cultural humility, and culturally responsive and trauma-informed practice. Leanna also holds the position of Manager of Cultural Humility Initiatives for Community Advocacy Primary Care (CAP), Department of Primary Care at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She teaches UCSF residents and faculty through the UCSF Health Equity and Racial (HEAR) Justice GME Pathway, and UCSF Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity (PLUS) Residency Program.

Gustavo Valbuena MD, PhD

Head of Foundational Sciences through PBL Curriculum 

Dr. Valbuena studied Medicine in his native Colombia and moved to Texas in 1996 to complete a program combining a residency in Pathology and a PhD in Experimental Pathology. In 2003, he returned to Colombia to design the basic sciences curriculum of a new school of medicine and to pursue epidemiological research on rickettsial diseases. From 2006 to 2015 Dr. Valbuena joined the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch where he eventually reached the level of Associate Professor with tenure. He focused his effort on education and research in infectious diseases.

In 2015, Dr. Valbuena moved to the Bay Area, and he decided to completely focus his professional career on Medical Education. He joined the faculty of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) where he currently is the Head of the Problem-Based Learning curriculum. In addition to his duties at the JMP, he is also a graduate student in the Doctoral program in Health Professions Education run in collaboration between UCSF and Utrecht University Medical Center in the Netherlands.

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Odinakachukwu (Odi) Ehie MD

Head, Clinical Skills (PCCS)

Dr. Ehie is a pediatric anesthesiologist whose interests include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Global Health, as well as Education. As a UCSF Teachers Scholar, she started a diversity curriculum for the anesthesia residents, and has held a teaching position as a UCSF Bridges coach over the past four years for the School of Medicine thus providing a foundation in the Differences Matter Initiative. She recently joined the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Initiative (SPA-WELI). Not only does she serve as the site co-director in Vietnam for the Health Volunteer Overseas / Society of Education in Anesthesia (SEA-HVO) Travel Fellowship, but she also serves as Designee Chair of the SEA Global Health Outreach Committee. In addition, she serves on the SEA Diversity Task Force and ASA Committee of Professional Diversity. She is currently the Chair for the California Society of Anesthesiologists Committee of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and she is the Vice Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

Coco Auerswald MD, MS

Director of Research Training and Master’s Program

Dr. Auerswald is the Director of the JMP Master’s Program and research curriculum, a uniquely creative inter-disciplinary program at the crossroads of individual and public health. She holds academic positions at both the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of the University of California. A recipient of many teaching awards, she has been deeply involved in teaching both undergraduate medical students and residents for many years. Since joining the JMP in 2005, Dr. Auerswald has excelled in her teaching, mentoring, administrative, service, and research roles. Her research has consistently focused on the effects of poverty and of social/cultural context on the health of our society’s most disadvantaged youth. She has conducted research regarding marginalized youth populations in San Francisco, including low-income youth of color (African American and Latino), HIV-positive youth, homeless youth, and, most recently, transgender youth. Her current collaborative projects include Kenya and San Francisco-based research at the intersection of social epidemiology, medical anthropology and adolescent health.

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Shelene Stine MD

Interim Head of Student Assessment
Faculty, Patient Care and Clinical Systems and PBL Curriculum

Shelene leads the Committee for Assessment & Professionalism Standards, collaborating with JMP leadership and UCSF to integrate assessment for learning throughout the JMP curriculum, and to develop plans to support each student’s success both at Berkeley and in the transition to UCSF. After graduating from Emory University School of Medicine, Shelene completed Internal Medicine and Global Health Equity residencies at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During that time she received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, focusing her thesis on Quality Improvement in Interprofessional Education. She comes to the JMP from Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she served as an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Clerkship. She is a dedicated clinician, providing in-patient care and residency education at Highland Hospital, a renowned regional safety net hospital and trauma center in the East Bay.


Master’s Faculty

Medical Faculty

Amin Azzam MD, MA

Amin Azzam MD, MA

Clinical Professor, Joint Medical Program

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Jennifer Breckler PhD

Lecturer, Community Health Sciences

Katherine Brooks MD

UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program

Neeti Doshi MD, MPH

UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program

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Susan Ivey MD, MHSA

Adjunct Professor, UCB/UCSF Joint Medical Program


Claudia Landau PhD, MD

Associate Clinical Professor, UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program

Magdeline Montoya, MD

UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program

Gaspar Rivera MD

UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program

Ashkon Shaahinfar MD, MPH, FAAP

UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program

Shelene Stine MD, MPH

Interim Head of Assessment and Lecturer, Joint Medical Program

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Gustavo Valbuena MD, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Joint Medical Program

Daniel Woolridge MD, MPH, MS

UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program