SJGH Faculty & Staff

ASMA JAFRI, MD, MACM, FAAFP
Family Medicine Chair, GERIATRIC MEDICINE

Dr. Jafri is a seasoned educator who has been a Residency Director for over 20 years. She most recently started as Program Director and Chair of San Joaquin Family Medicine Residency in June 2015. She is board certified in Family Medicine and has a CAQ in Geriatrics. Her interest areas are underserved populations and Ambulatory Procedures. She serves on the In-Training Exam Committee (ITE) for The American Board of Family Medicine and the Medical Student and Resident Committee for California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). 

ELYAS PARSA, DO
Program Director

Dr. Parsa completed his undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois and his medical training at Mid Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lombard, Illinois. He completed his residency in the Family Medicine Advocate Christ Medical Center/UIC, Oak Lawn, Illinois. His areas of interest are chronic disease management, practice improvement, emergency care, and procedures including bedside ultrasound. Dr. Parsa is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Outside of medicine he enjoys the outdoors including soccer, snowboarding and fishing the more than 1000 miles of American Delta waterways close by. 

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MICHELLE ROWE, DO
ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SPORTS MEDICINE

Dr. Rowe graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University. She then did a Traditional Internship at the Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, Michigan and completed Family Medicine Residency at O’Connor Hospital, in San Jose, California. After residency she completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Rowe is in charge of Sports Medicine and adolescent medicine teaching. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

 

Anna Hernandez, C-TAGME
Program Coordinator

Anna Hernandez serves as the Residency Program Coordinator for Family Medicine. She has been with San Joaquin General Hospital since 2001, beginning in Nursing Administration and later joining Family Medicine in 2015. Anna was born and raised in Stockton, California. She is certified by the National Board for Certification for Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education Programs (TAGME). She received Associate Degrees in Communications, Liberal Arts and Agriculture from San Joaquin Delta College and studied Communications at California State University, Sacramento. Anna is a member of the Association of Family Medicine Administration. The gratifying component of her job is knowing that she has played an integral part in each resident’s growth and development throughout their training and has supported them professionally and personally. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family creating arts and crafts, traveling and gardening. 

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Sonia Garcia
Program Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

ANDREW SMITH, PHD
CLINICAL FACULTY, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Dr. Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist, and his clinical teaching focuses on Behavioral Medicine and Physician Wellness. He has been with San Joaquin General Hospital since 2010. Dr. Smith graduated from California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, California. He completed his postdoctoral training at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa, California. Dr. Smith has held various positions since this time, including as Associate/Training Director of the University of the Pacific Counseling Center and as a co-facilitator of Chemical Dependency Recovery services at Discovery Counseling Center in Danville, California. His main interests are in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness-based treatment, and Integrative Medicine.

 

IMAD T. KAFILMOUT, MD
CLINICAL FACULTY, Women's Health

Dr. Kafilmout is a graduate of University of Baghdad College of Medicine, where he completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency. He is board certified by the Arab Board of Medical Specializations. Dr. Kafilmout received advanced training in Obstetric Ultrasound and Reproductive Endocrine at the University of London, United Kingdom. He completed Family Medicine Residency at West Virginia University, Morgantown and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Kafilmout completed a Maternal and Child Health/OB Fellowship at West Suburban Hospital, Illinois. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Academic Medicine at Keck School of Medicine. His professional interests include women’s health, care of the underserved, educational design and innovation.

 

BHanu Wunnava, MD
CLINICAL FACULTY

After finishing medical school in India,  Dr. Wunnava did his residency in Family Medicine at Louisiana State University, LSUHSC, in Shreveport, Louisiana (2004-2007).  He joined as an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine department in LSUHSC after his residency and provided full spectrum family medicine teaching.  He moved from Louisiana to California 4 years ago and joined Kaiser Permanente in Central Valley and worked for 4 years mainly in the outpatient setting. Dr. Wunnava recently joined the San Joaquin General hospital as a Family Medicine Clinical Faculty. He is board Certified by ABFM - American Board of Family Medicine. His areas of interest are infectious disease prevention, control, and pharmacology.  Healthy lifestyle, weight management, diabetes, and arthritis are some other areas of interest.  Dr. Wunnava enjoys a variety of sports and writing books on positive energy and the philosophy of life in his free time.  

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Juan Chiriboga (Hurtado), MD
Clinical Faculty

Dr. Chiriboga is a graduate form the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. He completed his Family Medicine Residency in our institution. Before joining as core faculty he worked in a FQHC in Sacramento. His professional interest are Diabetes Management, Dermatology, Inpatient Medicine and Gender Health. He is board certified by ABFM – American Board of Family Medicine. 

 

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Lauren Brown-Berchtold, MD
Clinical Faculty, Women's Health

Dr. Brown-Berchtold completed a fellowship in obstetrics after completing her family medicine residency. Her professional interests include prenatal care, family planning, hospital medicine, and procedural medicine.



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Johnny Yep, DO, MBA
Clinical Faculty

Dr. Johnny Yep graduated from medical school from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  While in Philadelphia, he also obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Haub School of Business.  Dr. Yep trained in our residency program and later joined our program as faculty.  His areas of interest are point of care ultrasound (POCUS), hospital medicine, and geriatric medicine.  He is board certified by ABFM – American Board of Family Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys being around his young children and family.

Ramiro Zuniga, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Community Preceptor

Dr. Ramiro Zuniga graduated from medical school from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogota, Colombia.  He did three years of cytogenetics and medical genetics research and then attended family medicine residency at Saint Mary Nazarith Hospital, in Chicago.  Dr. Zuniga worked as clinical faculty from 1999 to 2008.  In addition, he served as the program director from 2008 to January 2014.  He is now the medical director at California Health and Wellness and has a MBA from the University of California, Davis.  His professional interests include medical literature and population management.  In his free time, he enjoys skiing at Kirkwood Sentinel Bowl.

 

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JERRY FESSLER, MD
COMMUNITY PRECEPTOR

 

 

 

 

 

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ERIC CHAPA, MD
COMMUNITY PRECEPTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maureen Abaray, NP
Geriatric medicine

Maureen Abaray, FNP: Maureen was a pivotal team member of the Geriatrics Clinic at SJGH previously and has also been employed by the Health Plan of San Joaquin engaging in home visits for patients with chronic disease. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Her expertise in community resources stems from her residence in Stockton and Lodi for over 30 years. Maureen has language fluency in Spanish in integral to improving the quality of care our residency provides.