Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System

Core Faculty


Palav Babaria MD
Core Faculty of Internal Medicine Residency

Medical School:

Yale University


Residency:

University of California, San Francisco


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

- Qualitative methods - Quality Improvement in Primary Care


Research Interest:

Qualitative methods, quality improvement in primary care


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Babaria P, Abedin S, Berg D, Nunez-Smith M. “I’m Too Used to It”: A longitudinal qualitative study of third-year
female medical students. Social Science & Medicine 2012 Apr; 74(7):1013-20

Babaria, P., Bernheim, S., & Nunez-Smith, M. Gender and the pre-clinical experiences of female medical students:
a taxonomy. 2011 Med Educ, 45(3), 249-260

Workshop Co-Presentor: Beyond the themes: Applying best practices in qualitative and mixed methods research
from grant preparation to meaningful translation. SGIM Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. May 2012

 




Medical School:

Centro de Estudios Universidad Xochicalco


Residency:

Internal Medicine, Highland Hospital - Alameda Health System


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Primary Care, Latino Health, Human Rights Clinic


Research Interest:

Medical Education, Mentorship, Bedside Diagnosis


Greatest Accomplishment:

My wonderful marriage.



Blake Gregory MD
Core Faculty

Medical School:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Residency:

University of California San Francisco


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Mental Health in Primary Care; Quality Improvement; Resident Education; Wellbeing in Medicine; Integrative Medicine; Nutrition


Fun Facts:

My favorite pastime is baking. I rarely eat out and prefer to prepare my food myself at home. I make my own yogurt, bread, and kefir water.

Recent Presentation / Publication:

Gregory B, Larson AM, Reisch J, Lee WM; The Acute Liver Failure Study Group. Acetaminophen Dose Does Not Predict Outcome in Acetaminophen-Induced Acute Liver Failure. J Investig Med. 2010 Mar 19. PMID: 20305573



Hena Borneo DO

Undergraduate School:

Stanford University


Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences


Residency:

Internal Medicine, UCLA-Olive View


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

International health, international development, health disparitites




Undergraduate School:

Washington University in St. Louis


Medical School:

University of Texas - Medical Branch at Galveston


Residency:

University of Michigan


Fellowship:

Gastroenterology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Cholesterol Metabolism; Niemann Pick Type C Disease


Research Interest:

Cholestrol Metabolism and Lynsosmal Storage Disease


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Approach to Abnormal LFT’s.  Clinical curriculum lecture to primary care residents.  Highland Hospital. Oakland, CA  October 2013.

Upper GI Bleeding.  Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds.  Highland Hospital.  Oakland, CA June 2013.

Short Bowel Syndrome.  UCSF East Bay Surgery Grand Rounds.  Oakland, CA  July 25, 2013

Upper GI Bleeding.  Highland Hospital Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.   Oakland, CA August 9, 2013.

Therapeutic Potential of Cyclodextrin in the Treatment of Niemann Pick Type C disease.  Research Seminar Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute.  Oakland, CA Aug 27, 2013.

Scott, S.A., Liu, B*., Nararenko, I., Martis, S., Kozlitina, J., Yanh, Y., Ramirez, C., Kasai, Y., Hyatt, T., Peter, I., Desnick, R.J.  Frequency of the Cholesteryl Ester Storage Disease Common LIPA E8SJM Mutation (c.894G>A) in Various Racial and Ethnic Groups.  Hepatology.  2013 Sep; 58(3):958-65. *Co-first Author  PMCID: PMC3690149

Buchovecky, C.M., Turley, S.D., Brown, H.M., Kyle, S.M., McDonald, J.G., Liu, B., Pieper, A.A., Huang, W., Katz, D.M., Russell, D.W., Shendure, J., Justice, M.J.  A suppressor screen in Mecp2 mutant mice implicates cholesterol metabolism in Rett Syndrome.  Nature Genetics 2013 Aug 28; 45(9):1013-1020 PMCID: PMC3837522




Medical School:

St. George's University


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Simulation medicine, bedside and classroom teaching, point-of-care ultrasound


Research Interest:

Hayfron K, Lynch S, Raif Jawid A, Alibeigi A.  The Highland Medicine Handbook: A bedside tool for residents. May 2015.

 

Lynch S, Schafhalter I, Subramanian I. Internal Medicine Ultrasound Training : A competency based ultrasound training program. Abstract and poster, American College of Physicians Regional Meeting, San Jose, November 2013.

 

Lynch S, Brah J, Cuadros Y.  A Gram Positively Purulent Problem. Abstract and poster, American College of Physicians Regional Meeting, San Francisco, October 2012.


Greatest Accomplishment:

Hiking the Annapurna Sanctuary Trail in Nepal; staying close with friends from high school, college and medical school despite time and distance; ending up back in the East Bay after so many years!!


Interesting Place Visited:

Ecuador, Nepal, Mexico, Grenada, France and all the hidden gems in the US



Sunita Mistry, MD, FACP

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Davis


Medical School:

St. George’s University Medical School


Residency:

Alameda County Medical Center


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Faculty mentor for ongoing QI projects
  • SHM/AAIM training in Quality Education Safety Academy

Recent Presentation / Publication:

Sunita Mistry, Mariam Hasan, Indhu Subramanian, Department of Medicine, Alameda Health System, Oakland, California  “The Health Care Matrix – a Powerful Tool to Teach and Perform Meaningful Quality Improvement”. First Place Regional ACP Poster Competition for QI 2013.

Chow Helen, Bruchanski N, and Mistry SR.  “Plasma Cell Myeloma presenting as Ascites”.  American College of Physicians Abstract/Poster.  2010.



Robert Wong MD, MS

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Berkeley


Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine


Residency:

California Pacific Medical Center


Fellowship:

Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Chronic liver disease, including viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma


Research Interest:

Clinical epidemiology and outcomes research with a specific focus on viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver transplantation-related outcomes


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Wong RJ, Gish RG, Ahmed A. Hepatic encephalopathy is associated with significantly increased mortality among patients awaiting liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2014. [Epub ahead of print]

Wong RJ, Cheung R, Ahmed A. Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis is the Most Rapidly Growing Indication for Liver Transplantation in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the U.S. Hepatology. 2014;59(6):2188-95.

Wong RJ, Devaki P, Nguyen L, et al. Increased long-term survival among patients with hepatocellular carcinoma after implementation of model for end-stage liver disease score. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014;12(9):1534-1540.

Devaki P, Wong RJ, Marupakula V, et al. Approximately one-half of patients with early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma meeting Milan criteria did not receive local tumor destructive or curative surgery in the post-MELD exception era. Cancer. 2014;120(11):1725-32.

Wong RJ, Devaki P, Nguyen L, et al. Ethnic Disparities and Liver Transplantation Rates in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients in the Recent Era: Results from the SEER Registry. Liver Transpl. 2014;20(5):528-35.

Wong RJ, Kanwal F, Younossi ZM, Ahmed A. Hepatitis C Virus Infection and Coronary Artery Disease Risk: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Dig Dis Sci. 2014;59(7):1586-93.




Undergraduate School:

Yale University


Medical School:

UC San Francisco


Residency:

ACMC/Highland Hospital


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Simulation Medicine




Undergraduate School:

Yale University


Medical School:

Harvard Medical School


Residency:

University of California, San Francisco


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Medical Education, in-patient quality improvement



Cordelia Stearns MD

Medical School:

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


Residency:

University of California at San Francisco


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Health disparities, transitions in care, medical education, medical ethics


Recent Presentation / Publication:

Stearns CR, Gonzales R, Camargo CA Jr, Maselli J, Metlay JP. Antibiotic prescriptions are associated with increased patient satisfaction with emergency department visits for acute respiratory tract infections. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2009 Oct; 16 (10): 934-41

Yehia B, Long JA, Stearns CR, French B, Tebas P, Frank I. Impact of transitioning from HIV clinical trials to routine medical care on clinical outcomes and patient perceptions. AIDS Care. 2012 Nov; 24(6): 769-77.