PCLA Leadership

Margo Vener, MD, MPH

Margo Vener, MD, MPH is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Vener attended UCSF School of Medicine and was one of the co-founders of the UCSF Students’ Homeless Clinic in 1991. She completed her MPH at UC Berkeley in 1994; this solidified her interest in education and preventive care. Because of her strong interest in providing primary care for urban underserved patients and families, Dr Vener trained in the Family Medicine residency program at SFGH/UCSF. Dr Vener completed a fellowship in Medical Education and joined the UCSF Family Medicine faculty in 1999. Dr Vener currently serves as Course Director for the third-year Family Medicine clerkship, FCM 110. She is co-director of Model SFGH and also of the Longitudinal Clinical Experience. She is Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Family Medicine. For the past 20 years, Dr Vener has practiced primary care and precepted students and residents in the Refugee Clinic in the Family Health Center. She has a strong interest in improving primary care education and mentoring at all levels of training. The mother of four children (3, 9,13,14), Dr Vener also has an enduring interest in potty training, teen literature, life/career imbalance, and surviving the effects of long-term sleep deprivation.


Beth Wilson, MD, MPH

Elisabeth Wilson, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Wilson graduated from the combined MD/MPH program at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Family Medicine at UCSF. After a three year health services research fellowship, Dr. Wilson joined the UCSF faculty in 2005. She is currently the Director of Education for the Department Family and Community Medicine. In this position, Dr. Wilson is responsible for the coordination, integration, and strategic planning of the full spectrum of educational programs in the department. From 2005-2013, she was the Program Director for UCSF's Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), a longitudinal track for medical students from diverse backgrounds interested in working with urban underserved populations. Dr. Wilson's research focuses on health care disparities and medical workforce diversity. She has published studies on medical student attitudes towards health disparities, the health effects of language barriers, patient perceptions of racial discrimination, and the value of pipeline programs in diversifying the medical workforce. Dr. Wilson has her own clinical practice and precepts medical students and residents at the Family Health Center on the campus of San Francisco General Hospital.


Eddie Cruz, MD, MPH

Eddie Cruz is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, his medical degree at UC Davis, and his pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital at Oakland. He completed a Master’s in Public Health and a fellowship in health services research at UC Davis. Eddie is an attending physician at the 6M Children’s Health Center at ZSFG where he sees patients and precepts trainees in the ambulatory setting. He serves as an advisor for the UCSF Post-Baccauleareate program. He is also a Faculty advisor for the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) residency track. He is a Dean’s Diversity Leader for the Differences Matter initiative in the UCSF School of Medicine which is focused on increasing resident,faculty, and staff diversity. He was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the Academic Pediatric Association for an upcoming asthma research project . He was elected to be a Bridges Curriculum Medical Student coach to start Summer of 2016. In addition to clinical medicine, his primary interests are workforce diversity, healthcare disparities in underserved populations, and pediatric asthma.


Sarah GaleWyrick, MD

Sarah GaleWyrick is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF. She completed her bachelors degree in the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She stayed in Madison to attain her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Unable to tear herself away from the land of four seasons and cheese curds, she completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine in Madison. Due to her interest in teaching, she then completed an Academic Medicine fellowship with the UW Department of Family Medicine. She provided general primary care at the Washington DC VA for one year, before moving to San Francisco in 2014. Dr. GaleWyrick provides outpatient care to patients of all ages at the UCSF Lakeshore Family Medicine Center, frequently having the privilege of seeing patients in the context of multigenerational families. She also provides routine prenatal care at Lakeshore and rounds on newborns at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. You can find her one half day a week at the SFGH FCM clinic teaching UCSF family medicine residents. Her greatest teaching passion is working with medical students, which she does teaching at Lakeshore, working with the PISCES program, as co-advisord for the UCSF chapter of Primary Care Progress and working with the PCLA. In her free time, she enjoys baking, exploring the many hiking possibilities of the bay area with her husband and recreational reading (you know, the kind for fun).


Sharad Jain, MD

Sharad Jain is a Professor of Clinical Medicine based at San Francisco General Hospital. He completed his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his medical degree at UCSF, and his medicine residency in the Department of Medicine at UCSF. After spending several years working at the VA Medicine Center, Sharad now is an attending physician at SFGH where he sees patients in the ambulatory and inpatient settings. He serves as an advisory college mentor for the School of Medicine, as well as the director of the UCSF/SFGH Primary Care Medicine Residency Program, a track focused on training primary care physicians to work with vulnerable populations. He is also the faculty adviser for the UCSF Student Homeless Clinic, MedLink, and Remedy at UCSF. In addition to clinical medicine, his primary interests are medical education and caring for underserved populations.