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

Core Faculty


Hena Borneo, DO
Associate Program Co-Director / Preliminary Track

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



Jenny Cohen, MD, MPH
Core Faculty

Division: Internal Medicine
Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco


Residency:

UCSF / University of California Primary Care Program


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Chronic pain, preventative care, sexual health, evidence-based medicine


Research Interest:

Quality improvement, Graduate Medical Education, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Population Health


Recent Presentation / Publication:

1.   Ghooray K, Cohen JK. “Chronic disease and cancer screening in an underserved community: Improving population health programming through medical assistant (MA) empowerment and education. Abstract submitted to Regional SGIM 2017.

2.   Soi, R, Cohen JK. “PAP-Apocalypse: Using Population Health and Panel Management to Improve Low Rates of Cervical Cancer Screening in a Safety-Net Resident Clinic.” Abstract submitted to Regional SGIM 2017.

3.   Ramesh R, Ohri R, Cohen JK. “A multidisciplinary approach to close quality gaps in colorectal cancer screening in a community clinic”. Abstract submitted to Regional SGIM 2017.

4.   Cohen JK, Yen IH. "Chapter 1. Understanding Study Design for Clinical Epidemiology Studies". Clinical Epidemiology of Chronic Liver Diseases. Ed. Robert Wong. Springer Nature. Publication Pending.

5.   Cohen JK, Bakamjian A, Leng L, Adhikari M, Flattery D, Berry L.  No ifs, ands, or butts: Leveraging population health to focus on the care of patients who smoke.   Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development.  Accepted and publication is pending revisions.

6.   Loring Z, Cohen JK, Morgan J, Yang J, Zimmet J.  The late presenting STEMI: How EKG scores can be used to estimate event time. J Electrocardiol. 2016 Jul 5. Pii: S0022-0736. PMID: 27426204.

7.   Cohen J K, Santos GM, Moss NJ, Coffin PO, Block N, Klausner JD. Regular Clinic Attendance in Two Large San Francisco HIV Primary Care Settings. AIDS Care. 2015 Dec 11:1-6 PMID: 26654093

8.   Ciccarone D, Unick J, Cohen JK, Mars S, Rosenblum, D. Nationwide Increase in Hospitalizations for Heroin-related Soft Tissue Infections: Associations with Structural Market Conditions. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jun1; 163:126-33. PMID: 2715576

9.   Cohen JK, Lo YR, Caceres CF, Klausner JD.  WHO guidelines for HIV/STI prevention and care among MSM and transgender people: implications for policy and practice. WHO guideline working group.  Sex Trasm Infect. 2013 Nov; 9(7):536-8. PMID: 24123866

10.   Cohen JK, Flynn R, Boylan R,  Klausner JD.  Acceptability of Fingerprint Scanning for Personal Identification Among Patients Seeking HIV/STI-related services, Los Angeles, 2011.  J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Dec 1;61(4): e59-60.  PMID: 23138730

11.   Cohen JK, Cisco RM, Scholten A, Mittmaker E, Duh QY . Case Report: Pheochromocytoma crisis resulting in acute heart failure and cardioembolic stroke in a 37-year-old man. Surgery 2014 Apr; 155(4):726-7.  PMID: 23305592

12.   Scholten A, Cisco, RM, Cohen JK, Mittmaker E, Duh QY.  Pheochromocytoma crisis is not a surgical emergency. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Feb; 98(2):581-91. PMID: 23284003

13.   Cohen, JK and Klausner, JD. HIV testing update. Medical Laboratory Observer.  November 2011.

14.   Tamamizu-Kato S, Cohen JK, Drake CB, Kosaraju MG, Drury J, Narayanaswami V. Interaction with amyloid beta peptide compromises the lipid binding function of apolipoprotein E. Biochemistry. 2008 May 6;47(18):5225-34. Epub 2008 Apr 12. PMID: 18407659

15.   Kiss RS, Weers PM, Narayanaswami V, Cohen J, Kay CM, Ryan RO.  Structure-guided protein engineering modulates helix bundle exchangeable apolipoprotein properties. J Biol Chem. 2003 Jun 13;278(24):21952-9.  PMID: 12684504

16.   Cohen J.  Could a Chocolate Bar a Day Keep the Doctor Away?. Issues, Berkeley Undergraduate Medical Journal.  Spring 2004.



Alex Diaz, MD
Core Faculty

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.



Davida Flattery, DO, FACP
Primary Care Physician in Young Adult Transition Clinic

Undergraduate School:

University of California San Diego


Medical School:

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Residency:

Primary Care Internal Medicine, Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital


Research Interest:

Residency curricula for improving health outcomes for patients with chronic illness



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



Benny Liu, MD
Core Faculty

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



Scott Lynch, MD
Associate Program Co-Director / Preliminary Track

Undergraduate School:

Emory University


Medical School:

St. George's University


Residency:

Highland Hospital Internal Medicine


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.



Sunita Mistry, MD, FACP
Chief of Inpatient Division

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.



Steve Sackrin, MD
Core Faculty

Undergraduate School:

Yale University


Medical School:

UC San Francisco


Residency:

ACMC/Highland Hospital


Clinical Interest / Committee Involvement:

Simulation Medicine



Archana Sridhar, MD, M. Ed
Core Faculty

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



Robert Wong, MD, MS
Core Faculty

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, Liu B, Bhuket T. Significant burden of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease with advanced fibrosis in the US: a cross-sectional analysis of 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2017 Sep 15. doi: 10.1111/apt.14327. [Epub ahead of print]

Castaneda G, Liu B, Torres S, Bhuket T, Wong RJ. Race/Ethnicity-Specific Disparities in the Severity of Disease at Presentation in Adults with Ulcerative Colitis: A Cross-Sectional Study. Dig Dis Sci. 2017 Aug 30. doi: 10.1007/s10620-017-4733-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Wong RJ, Le A, Nguyen MT, Trinh HN, Huynh A, Ly MT, Nguyen HA, Nguyen KK, Yang J, Garcia RT, Levitt B, da Silveira E, Gish RG. Significant Hepatic Fibrosis Among Treatment-Naive Chronic Hepatitis B Virus With Increased Hepatitis B Virus DNA and Normal Alanine Aminotransferase. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Jul 18. pii: S1542-3565(17)30849-2. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2017.07.012. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Wang J, Ha J, Lopez A, Bhuket T, Liu B, Wong RJ. Medicaid and Uninsured Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients Have More Advanced Tumor Stage and Are Less Likely to Receive Treatment. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2017 Jul 18. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000859. [Epub ahead of print]

Wong RJ, Nguyen MT, Trinh HN, Chan C, Huynh A, Ly MT, Nguyen HA, Nguyen KK, Torres S, Yang J, Liu B, Garcia RT, Bhuket T, Baden R, Levitt B, da Silveira E, Gish RG. Hepatitis B surface antigen loss and sustained viral suppression in Asian chronic hepatitis B patients: A community-based real-world study. J Viral Hepat. 2017 Jun 5. doi: 10.1111/jvh.12736. [Epub ahead of print]

Tavakoli H, Robinson A, Liu B, Bhuket T, Younossi Z, Saab S, Ahmed A, Wong RJ. Cirrhosis Patients with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Are Significantly Less Likely to Receive Surveillance for Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Dig Dis Sci. 2017 Aug;62(8):2174-2181. doi: 10.1007/s10620-017-4595-x. Epub 2017 May 4.

Young K, Liu B, Bhuket T, Younossi Z, Saab S, Ahmed A, Wong RJ. Long-term trends in chronic hepatitis B virus infection associated liver transplantation outcomes in the United States. J Viral Hepat. 2017 Sep;24(9):789-796. doi: 10.1111/jvh.12703. Epub 2017 May 5.

Junus K, Aguilar M, Patel P, Irwin D, Yee S, Liu B, Bhuket T, Wong RJ. Improvements in hepatitis B virus screening before rituximab therapy: A community-based, safety-net hospital experience. Cancer. 2017 Feb 15;123(4):650-656. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30381. Epub 2016 Oct 3.

Wong RJ, Nguyen MT, Trinh HN, Huynh A, Ly MT, Nguyen HA, Nguyen KK, Yang J, Garcia RT, Levitt B, da Silveira E, Gish RG. Community-based real-world treatment outcomes of sofosbuvir/ledipasvir in Asians with chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 6 in the United States. J Viral Hepat. 2017 Jan;24(1):17-21. doi: 10.1111/jvh.12609. Epub 2016 Sep 27.

Young K, Aguilar M, Gish R, Younossi Z, Saab S, Bhuket T, Liu B, Ahmed A, Wong RJ. Lower rates of receiving model for end-stage liver disease exception and longer time to transplant among nonalcoholic steatohepatitis hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl. 2016 Oct;22(10):1356-66. doi: 10.1002/lt.24507.

Ha J, Yan M, Aguilar M, Bhuket T, Tana MM, Liu B, Gish RG, Wong RJ. Race/ethnicity-specific disparities in cancer incidence, burden of disease, and overall survival among patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States. Cancer. 2016 Aug 15;122(16):2512-23. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30103. Epub 2016 May 19.

Yan M, Ha J, Aguilar M, Bhuket T, Liu B, Gish RG, Cheung R, Wong RJ. Birth cohort-specific disparities in hepatocellular carcinoma stage at diagnosis, treatment, and long-term survival. J Hepatol. 2016 Feb;64(2):326-332. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2015.09.006. Epub 2015 Sep 18.

Ahmed A, Wong RJ, Harrison SA. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Review: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcomes. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Nov;13(12):2062-70. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2015.07.029. Epub 2015 Jul 27. Review.

Aguilar M, Bhuket T, Torres S, Liu B, Wong RJ. Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in the United States, 2003-2012. JAMA. 2015 May 19;313(19):1973-4. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.4260. No abstract available.

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.