What We Do
To accomplish our work as the UCD School of Medicine Alumni Association, we:
- Serve as a forum for the exchange of alumni ideas and views
- Offer programs and provide outreach to strengthen the relationship between the MD degree, residency and fellowship alumni and the UCD School of Medicine
- Enhance medical education by encouraging enduring relationships between alumni, students, residents, and faculty of the UCD School of Medicine
- Augment the School of Medicine’s future through alumni involvement, volunteerism, and participation in fundraising initiatives
- Strengthen the reputation of UCD School of Medicine by promoting the accomplishments and achievements of our graduates to applicants, medical organizations and the general public, and by recognizing outstanding contributions to the advancement of medicine
Board of Directors
Daniel R. Benson, M.D.
R.S. ’73- Surgery, F.S. ’79- Orthopaedic Surgery
Daniel R. Benson, M.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UC Davis School of Medicine. In addition to serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Dr. Benson co-chairs the “Fingers to Toes” Conference, which he founded in 1979. Dr. Benson also served as President of the Scoliosis Research Society.
Mark V. Blum, M.D.
R.S. ’77- Internal Medicine
Awards Selection Committee Chair
Mark Blum, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He also serves as Associate Medical Director for Bristol Hospice, LLC. From 1977 to 2008, Dr. Blum worked for the Permanente Medical Group and started the hospice and palliative medicine programs at Kaiser Sacramento. He is a member and fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, where he has been active on the Bioethics and Education committees. Dr. Blum has published extensive research on the subject of palliative care service, and has lectured locally and nationally on various subjects including prognostication, pain management, and more. In his free time, Dr. Blum pursues sailing, skiing, scuba diving, foreign travel, wildlife photography, and wine appreciation.
Matthew Chan, M.D.
B.S. ’00, M.D. ’04
Matthew Chan, M.D. is a diagnostic neuroradiologist with Sutter Medical Group. In addition to his work on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Dr. Chan serves as the volunteer social media manager for SacEV, the Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association. Dr. Chan is the father of two young children; he volunteers at his daughter’s school as serves as treasurer on the school’s board of directors. Dr. Chan has an interest in photography, film, home theater, and electric vehicles.
Douglas Gross, M.D., Ph.D.
M.D. ’90, R.S. ’93- Pediatrics
Douglas Gross, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and senior lecturer in Cell Biology & Human Anatomy at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Gross also serves as Co-Director of a pediatric specialty care program at the Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti (HUEH). He has worked with the World Health Organization to reduce child and infant mortality and has provided healthcare in remote regions of Africa, Central America, and South America. He is also currently a member of CA-11, California’s federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team. This team was deployed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the earthquake in Haiti. Dr. Gross is also the Founding Director of the UC Davis Haiti Initiative.
Rich Isaacs, M.D., FACS
F.S. ’94- Otolaryngology
Fundraising Committee Chair
Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS, is the Executive Director and CEO of the Permanente Medical Group and he is also the President and CEO of the MidAtlantic Permanente Medical Group. He joined the Permanente Medical Group in 1995 as a member of the Head and Neck Surgery Department at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento. Appointed to chief in 2000, he became chair of the Head and Neck Surgery Chiefs’ Group the following year. Dr. Isaacs has served as Physician-in-Chief (PIC) at KP South Sacramento since 2005, and remains active in head and neck oncologic, reconstructive, and skull base surgery. Dr. Isaacs also is a Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at UC Davis and has led the department’s residency journal educational program for 10 years. He is board certified in Otolaryngology, with advanced certification in head and neck oncologic surgery. In his free time, he and his wife Debbie enjoy their older daughter, Dayna, who has just been accepted into medical school, and her sister, Rachel, who is a junior majoring in biology and is also premed. He is an avid skier and an alpine national ski patroller.
June Lee, M.D.
June Lee, M.D. is the Director of UCSF’s Early Translational Research/Catalyst Program and is the Principle Investigator for the UC Center for Accelerated Innovation. She also serves as Chair of the Drug, Device, Discovery, and Development (D4) work group of UC BRAID.
Jamie McManus, M.D., FAAFP
B.S. ’73, M.D. ’79, R.S.- Family Practice
SOMAA Board Past President
Jamie McManus, M.D., FAAFP, is the Chair of Medical Affairs at the Shaklee Corporation. She serves as the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association Board’s Past-President. Dr. McManus has a special interest in nutrition, preventive medicine, and women’s health. In 2004, she authored Your Personal Guide to Wellness and has been featured on numerous radio and TV shows. She has spoken at health seminars in 46 countries around the world and has published articles in dozens of magazines and newspapers.
Student Committee Member
Jaclyn Miyamoto is a medical student who joined the SOMAA Board in 2016. She is originally from Walnut, CA. Before medical school, she earned a master’s degree studying pancreatic cancer at UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center. At UCDSOM, she has served as Co-Director for the Paul Hom Asian Clinic, volunteered on the admissions committee, and serves on the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association’s Student Committee. During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her Westie.
Student Committee Member
Jason Ortiz is currently enrolled in the UC Davis School of Medicine’s Rural PRIME program. He was inspired to pursue a career in medicine after receiving treatment for his own autoimmune disorder. He currently serves on the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association’s Student Committee. Jason is an avid runner and ran his first marathon in December 2016.
Cydney Osano, M.D., M.P.H.
Cydney Osano, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician with the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. She served as Physician in Charge of Preventive Medicine from 2008 to 2016. She is now the Physician Lead of the Adult Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery Program at Kaiser Riverside. Dr. Osano is a volunteer clinical faculty member for Kaiser Riverside Family Medicine, UC Riverside Internal Medicine, and Loma Linda University Preventive Medicine programs. She is also a volunteer mentor for Hippocrates Circle, Kaiser Permanente’s program to encourage middle-school students toward careers in medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Osano enjoys running, literature, jazz music, church ministry, and travel.
John Osborn, M.D.
B.A. ’64, R.S. ’72- Surgery
SOMAA Board Vice President
John Osborn, M.D. is a plastic surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Center of Sacramento. He serves as the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association Board’s Vice President. He has also served as a volunteer clinical faculty member at the UC Davis School of Medicine for over 40 years. Dr. Osborn was trained by Dr. Bill Blaisdell and helped support the F. William Blaisdell, M.D. Library, housed in the Education Building on the UC Davis Health System campus. Dr. Osborn was the recipient of the 2011 UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award. He has presented papers at national, state, and regional plastic surgery conferences.
Darren Salmi, M.D.
Darren Salmi, M.D. is a clinical assistant professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He’s a member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. He is also a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Dr. Salmi was the 2016 recipient of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching at the Stanford School of Medicine. He also received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Lecture/Presentation and the 2014 Junior Faculty Teaching Award for Anatomic Pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Paul Seligman, M.D., M.P.H.
Paul Seligman, M.D., M.P.H. is the Executive Director for Regulatory Policy at AMGEN. Dr. Seligman worked in public health for over 28 years, with tenures at the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the CDC. In 1994, Dr. Seligman served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Paul Wellstone, working on health care reform legislation. In 2002, Dr. Seligman was interviewed by PBS Frontline about the FDA’s drug safety monitoring procedures.
Topher Stephenson, M.D.
SOMAA Board President
Topher Stephenson, M.D. is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, with his own private practice in Sacramento. Dr. Stephenson is the President of the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association Board. He also serves as the Brain Injury Association of California Board Chairman. Dr. Stephenson is a fellow of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also trains resident physicians from the UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In his free time, Dr. Stephenson enjoys coaching competitive soccer, CrossFit, and whitewater rafting.
Gordon Yenokida, M.D.
SOMAA Board Member, Mentoring Committee Chair
Gordon Yenokida, M.D. is a principal consultant at Yenokida Healthcare Consulting LLC. He serves as Leadership Consultant with a special interest in helping physician leaders and healthcare executives gain the skills to lead in this time of great change in American medicine. He is intent on helping them develop more effective leadership skills, greater operational awareness, the tools required to lead organizational change, and strategies to build effective leadership teams. To this endeavor, he brings an uncommonly broad professional background to bear on behalf his clients. His experience includes physician leadership positions at health plans, chief operating officer of an integrated system, CEO of a management services organization, leadership of full-risk, capitated groups, and, early in his career, served as chief of pulmonary at a major teaching hospital. Dr. Yenokida serves as mentor to UC Irvine’s Healthcare Executive MBAs, to AAPL’s Mentor Program, and to many associates and former colleagues across the industry. Now, he seeks to also mentor and advise emerging leaders who are stepping up to the leadership challenges we face today, and who we will rely on to navigate the changing healthcare terrain into the future.