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Cecilia A. Florio, MD, MPH

Program Director

Cecilia A. Florio, MD, MPH

Program Director

As the Program Director for AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Cecilia Florio led a team of talented educators in establishing the health system’s first residency program. Her nearly two decades of expertise in the field guide her as both a teacher and administrator. In her role, she focuses on recruiting doctors who are committed to serving ethnically diverse communities – both by providing culturally sensitive care and developing programs that inspire minorities to pursue careers in health care.

Dr. Florio joined the AltaMed family after spending 17 years as a clinician educator at UC Irvine, and more recently, at UC San Francisco (UCSF). She is passionate about the specialty of Family Medicine and about caring for those with the greatest needs. With an emphasis on good communication, fostering compassion, and attention to the needs of others, she promotes humanism in medicine that benefits both patients and health care workers. Dr. Florio loves working alongside residents and strives to provide a supportive environment where learners can develop their skills and pursue their career objectives while preserving their love for the specialty and the joy of caring for others.

Dr. Florio spent her childhood in Mexico, first living in Cholula, Puebla, and then in Mexico City. She moved to the United States at age 17 to attend Smith College, where she majored in Biology and spent her junior year abroad in Paris. After graduating from the UCSF School of Medicine, she obtained a Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and went on to complete her residency in Family Medicine at UC Davis.

At her first job at La Clinica de la Raza in the San Francisco Bay Area, she discovered the positive impact of the community clinic model, which provides care for the most vulnerable and complex patients while leading change to improve access and quality.. Because of the emphasis on service, accessibility and advocacy, she has continued to work at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) throughout her 20-year career.

Dr. Florio loves spending time her two kids and her spouse. She has two cats and is an advocate for animal welfare. She enjoys going on walks and reading about international politics.

Education

Family Medicine Residency Program, University of California, Davis
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
M.D., University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
B.A., Biology, Smith College

Ana Karina Melgar, MD

Associate Program Director

Ana Karina Melgar, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. Karina Melgar serves as Associate Program Director of AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program. In this role, she supports Program Director Dr. Cecilia Florio and the faculty to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment. Dr. Melgar is involved in curriculum building, rotation development, recruitment, scheduling, evaluation, and compliance policy. As a highly engaged resident mentor, she cultivates leadership in community engagement and health equity. In addition, she provides comprehensive and compassionate care to her patients while empowering them to continue to improve their health.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Melgar spent five years teaching kindergarten in South Los Angeles before returning to school to pursue her medical degree. Since then, she has focused on providing care to ethnically diverse communities, mentoring the next generation of health care professionals, and working to increase diversity in the medical field.

During her residency, she continued to teach and served as Academic Chief, a role in which she was actively involved in diversity advancements in the recruitment process. As Community Medicine Fellow, Dr. Melgar divided her time between teaching as junior faculty and collaborating with many community organizations. She successfully opened a new student-run clinic in collaboration with Lestonnac Free Clinic in Garden Grove. She also pioneered an interprofessional collaborative behavioral health clinic for uninsured patients.

Dr. Melgar went on to become faculty at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, where she was Director of Community Engagement and Diversity. She was the lead faculty for the Neighborhood Meed Mentoring Program and the onsite food pantry. During her time at Long Beach, she created a new integrative behavioral health clinic and community medicine concentration for the residents. In an effort to connect with the community, Dr. Melgar also started a Diversity and Health Equity Committee.

Dr. Melgar’s clinical interests include women’s health, behavioral health, public health/policy, global health, addressing social determinants of health, and community empowerment. Outside of work, she spends time with her large, extended family and volunteering at a student-run clinic. She also enjoys running, spin class, yoga, soccer, snowboarding, dancing, and shopping at vintage stores.

Education

Community Medicine Fellowship Program, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
Family Medicine Residency Program, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
M.D., School of Medicine at University of California, Davis
B.S., Physiological Science, UCLA

Lening A. Olivera-Figueroa, Psy.D., ABPP

Behavioral Health Specialist

Lening A. Olivera-Figueroa, Psy.D., ABPP

Behavioral Health Specialist

Lening A. Olivera-Figueroa, Psy.D., ABPP serves as a Behavioral Health Specialist and Faculty Member of AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program. In this role, Dr. Olivera-Figueroa provides supervision in behavioral medicine to family medicine residents within the primary care behavioral health (PCBH) delivery consultation model at the AltaMed South Gate clinic. Additionally, Dr. Olivera-Figueroa also facilitates behavioral science curriculum development and teaching for the Family Medicine residency including, but not limited to, conducting Balint /support Groups and an integrated primary care behavioral health (PCBH) rotation for residents; completing resident training evaluations and providing timely and constructive feedback to residents about patient-provider style and interaction (including two observed and evaluated interactions per resident annually). Through these roles, Dr. Olivera-Figueroa addresses the challenges of providing effective family medicine care for vulnerable populations and engage residents on topics and skills to address social determinants, mental health conditions, utilization of proper evidenced-based screening tools, knowledge of effective evidenced-based behavioral health treatments, crisis intervention skills, creating effective patient-centered care plans, and resident self-care.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Olivera-Figueroa studied clinical psychology at Ponce Health Sciences University in his home island of Puerto Rico, and completed his pre-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. After obtaining his psychology doctorate, Dr. Olivera-Figueroa received state-of-the art training throughout the course of five post-doctoral fellowships at various institutions, including McGill University, University of Montreal, Yale University, the Veteran Affairs-Connecticut Healthcare System, and the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The described training experiences led Dr. Olivera-Figueroa to attain Assistant Professor-level faculty appointments at the Yale University School of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry, and Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. Similarly, the described training experiences also led Dr. Olivera-Figueroa to work as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Psychological Health (PH) Promotion and Behavior Change for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)-Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health (PH) & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). 

The described clinical, research, teaching and supervisory experiences assisted Dr. Olivera-Figueroa on becoming certified with the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology (ABBCP), a specialty member of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Importantly, the success of Dr. Olivera-Figueroa’s contributions to diversity allowed him to be conferred with the 2014 Diversity Scholarship Award of the ABPP Foundation. This award recognizes boarded specialist who represents diversity, and whose clinical and/or research work focuses on diverse populations.

Dr. Olivera-Figueroa’s clinical research interests include work on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance Use Disorders (SUD), mood, anxiety, fear, stress, well-being, life satisfaction, mindfulness, and time perspective (TP). On his spare time, Dr. Olivera-Figueroa likes to attend music concerts, sport events, and international film festivals, such as the Montreal World Film Festival, Filmfest DC, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the American Film Institute (AFI) Latin American and European Union Film Festivals.
 

Education:

PTSD and TBI Assessment Fellowship, Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
Functional Disability Interventions Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine/U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs-Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Internship, McGill University-Emotional Health CBT Clinic
Fernand-Seguin Human Stress Research Fellowship, University of Montreal
Psychological Trauma Fellowship, McGill University
Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Unit of Affective Psychophysiology Internship, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Ponce Health Sciences University, Ponce, Puerto Rico (PR)    
B.S., Psychology, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce, Puerto Rico (PR)    

Dr. Marco Angulo, MD, MSocSci

Family Medicine Residency Core Faculty

Dr. Marco Angulo, MD, MSocSci

Family Medicine Residency Core Faculty

As a core faculty member of AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Marco Angulo brings an invaluable combination of experience and perspective, thanks to his background of working with and training residents in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) setting. He is committed to supporting and growing the program and helping create a strong workforce that is well prepared to serve the medically vulnerable areas of Southern California. His passion is personal since Dr. Angulo was raised there.

Even before he became a physician, Dr. Angulo knew his life’s work was to serve these communities. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Chicano Studies. He entered medical school at University of California, Irvine (UCI), and participated in the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), which was created to develop physician leaders to address health disparities in the United States and beyond. Dr. Angulo stayed on as a faculty member at the UCI Family Medicine Department, where he served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the medical school and as the Director of the PRIME-LC Residency Program. Prior to joining AltaMed in 2014, Dr. Angulo also served as Chief Medical Officer of an FQHC in Santa Ana.

In 2016, UCI Health awarded Dr. Angulo the prestigious ARIISE Award for creating an innovative health navigation program focused on the needs of FQHCs. As a resident, he was awarded the AAFP/Bristol-Meyer Squibb Award for Excellence for Graduate Medical Education. He was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Honors Society as a medical student and faculty member at UCI.

Throughout his career, Dr. Angulo has challenged the next generation of physician leaders to chip away at health disparities and develop solutions that lower barriers to patient care. In 2012, Dr. Angulo created the Health Scholars Program, one of the largest volunteer/clinical experience programs in Orange County dedicated to closing gaps in care and helping patients more effectively navigate the health care system.

Dr. Angulo is an avid baseball fan (go Dodgers!), and his goal is to watch a baseball game in every major league baseball stadium. Currently, he’s made it to 11 stadiums, with 19 more to go.

Education

Family Medicine Residency Program, University of California, Irvine
M.D., University of California, Irvine
M.Soc.Sci., University of California, Irvine
B.A., Chicano Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Roxanna Napoles, B.Sc.

Program Coordinator

Roxanna Napoles, B.Sc.

Program Coordinator

Roxanna Napoles joined the AltaMed team in October 2018.  As the Residency Program Coordinator for the AltaMed Family Medicine Residency Program, she is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the ACGME-accredited Family Medicine Residency Program.  In her role, she supports the recruitment of trainees, tracking and reporting trainee progress to all relevant stakeholders, and communicating with faculty, residents and external entities and partners.  Roxanna ensures compliance with all accrediting bodies and will work to support the integration of the program into clinical operations in partnership with clinic site leadership.

Roxanna received her Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her passion for medicine and healthcare is rooted in the ability of caring for underserved and vulnerable populations.  Her career goal is provide access to healthcare and primary care services to communities like that of South Gate, California.  She has previously worked with residents in a learning environment and envisions the residency program as a setting for academic, professional, and personal growth for the entire team.  

Roxanna loves spending time outdoors and exploring new areas of the world.  She enjoys reading, baking, and binging shows.  She hopes that the AltaMed Family Medicine Residency Program brings a positive impact on the organization as a whole, but especially for our communities and patients.
 

Education:

University of California, Los Angeles

Maite Villareal Rodriguez, MA

Manager, Graduate Medical Education

Maite Villareal Rodriguez, MA

Manager, Graduate Medical Education

Maite Villareal Rodriguez joined the AltaMed team in Spring 2020 as the Manager of Graduate Medical Education.  Her role is to provide programmatic and project management support to ensure that residents have an optimal learning environment.  Maite is an educator at heart and has spent the last 15 years working at community colleges and public universities as an advisor, lecturer, and mentor.  Maite’s love for students and yearning for more contextual knowledge led her to pursue her masters in higher education from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (class of 2014).  She most recently served as the Health and Science Careers Advisor at Cal State LA, where discovered her love for the overlap of health, education, and social justice. 

A few of Maite’s favorite things - her Boyle Heights neighborhood, her two little girls Anaya Belen and Soraya Itzel, wandering the aisles of Target when she gets some time to herself, and binging Stranger Things with her husband.  That said, her homeland of Puerto Rico tops all her lists.

Roger Liu, PhD

Director of Medical Education

Roger Liu, PhD

Director of Medical Education

Dr. Roger Liu serves as the Director of Medical Education for the Institute for Health Equity at AltaMed. In this role, he oversees all educational program and curriculum development including pre-health pipeline programs, new AltaMed residencies in family medicine, and continuing medical education (CME) for providers. Dr. Liu also develops faculty training and support, as well as evaluations and assessments for all programs and activities. He also oversees any grant-funded programs that include an educational component.

Dr. Liu’s day-to-day responsibilities include everything from building curricula to teaching leadership, clinical, and research skills to overseeing the establishment of a program to train current AltaMed physicians to become leaders and researchers in Quality Improvement projects.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Liu was a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where served as Director of the Program for Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) Residency Track, as well as the Director of Research and Resident Scholarship. Dr. Liu supported students committed to serving the most vulnerable populations, and was involved in the development of programs, curriculum and research focused on the training and mentoring of the next generation of faculty and health practitioners from diverse backgrounds.

For more than two decades, Dr. Liu has been involved in bringing equity to science education. Dr. Liu was a director and instructor in the Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology and Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught and mentored thousands of students, from every grade level, socioeconomic background, and location from around the country.

Dr. Liu is focused on establishing AltaMed and the Institute as leaders in the recruitment, training, and development of physician leaders devoted to serving medically vulnerable populations. By developing the AltaMed Scholars program, he’s continuing his dedication to creating projects that will improve patient care.

In his free time, Dr. Liu practices the contemporary Chinese martial art of Wushu, and he’s a two-time national collegiate Wushu team champion. He also enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, and keeping an eye out for insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Education

Ph.D., Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Comparative
Endocrinology/Herpetology, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Sabrina Kosok, MPH

Manager of Medical Education

Sabrina Kosok, MPH

Manager of Medical Education

Sabrina Kosok joined AltaMed in 2018 to help launch the Medical Education Department. As AltaMed’s Manager of Medical Education, she supports all Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. Her current projects include the development and implementation of two summer pipeline programs for aspiring physicians, and AltaMed’s first Family Medicine Residency Program, as well as the creation of high-quality CME opportunities for AltaMed providers.

Ms. Kosok began her medical education career at Kaiser Permanente of Southern California (KPSC), where she managed the Community Medicine Fellowship, a year-long fellowship for primary care residents dedicated to community medicine and public health. She also managed a two-week intensive health policy elective for KPSC residents. Additionally, Ms. Kosok volunteered with the LGBTQ Care Committee and developed an innovative cross-specialty student rotation in LGBTQ care that was later replicated for residents.

Ms. Kosok‘s passion for community medicine and public health began when she was living in Southern Chile with her extended family and working at Hospital Makewe, a rural hospital and community center run by and serving the indigenous Mapuche population. This experience motivated her to pursue a Master of Public Health, which included a three-week field study of the Chilean health system with the Harvard School of Public Health.

As a graduate student, her thesis project focused on analyzing health equity initiatives within the Oregon Health Authority. With her research, she established a baseline assessment of racial and ethnic health disparities awareness, documented health equity initiatives in each department, and reported on departmental barriers to health equity.

Ms. Kosok grew up in Oregon but has lived in Los Angeles for the past eight years with her wife and her son. Her family enjoys road trips, camping, eating good food, and spending time with their friends.

Education

M.P.H., Health Policy and Management, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
B.A., International Studies, Global College of Long Island University

Efrain Talamantes, MD, MBA, MSHPM

Designated Institutional Officer and Director of the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity

Efrain Talamantes, MD, MBA, MSHPM

Designated Institutional Officer and Director of the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity

Dr. Efrain Talamantes is the Designated Institutional Officer and Director of the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity (AIHE) and Medical Education. Since joining AltaMed in 2018, he has led health services and community-partnered research and training to advance health equity and medical education. Under Dr. Talamantes’ leadership, the Institute received patient-centered outcomes research funding, enabling a community partnership that has informed AltaMed’s research priorities. Dr. Talamantes also serves as the inaugural Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) for the AltaMed Graduate Medical Education committee.

Dr. Talamantes has been critical in redesigning all of AltaMed’s medical education programs, including the Health Resource Services Administration and the Health Careers Opportunity Program. In 2019, in partnership with the Charles R. Drew University of Health Sciences and the National Medical Foundation Primary Care Leadership Program, AIHE trained 43 aspiring physicians to conduct health-equity-focused research projects. Students from all over the country attended a six-week leadership program at AltaMed designed to develop the next generation of physicians committed to helping ethnically diverse and medically vulnerable communities.

As DIO, Dr. Talamantes led the application process for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation. He is also involved in curriculum design and faculty training for AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition, he is focused on developing methods to best support evidence-based practice, including the implementation of AltaMed’s electronic medical records system, EPIC. Dr. Talamantes, the Institute and AltaMed’s Medical Education teams are dedicated to creating provider training tools, workshops, and modules to eliminate health disparities.

Dr. Talamantes previously served as the Associate Director for the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He also co-directed the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce (CDHW). He is the co-founder of MiMentor.org and leads initiatives throughout the country to enhance leadership and diversity in the health care workforce.

Dr. Talamantes is married to a primary care and infectious disease physician who is also very active in Medicine. They have two children who are their bedrock and joy. Together, they enjoy going to family parties where the children can dance and have fun.

Education

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship, UCLA
M.S.H.P.M., UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
M.D., David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
M.B.A., Emory University Goizueta School of Business
B.S., Psychobiology, UCLA
Internal Medicine Residency at University of California, Davis