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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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CALIFORNIA

California's Best in Medicine
To pursue his career choice, Mr. Carlson attended South Dakota University to attain his B.S. in Electronics, graduating in 1990. Following this, Mr. Carlson went on to gain his CQE (Certified Quality Engineer) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor) - these provided him with the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand the responsibilities of being an engineer and auditor.
Dr. Kumar has been committed to the practicing of Cardiology for the past 14 years and is currently the owner of Heart Care Consultants. On a daily basis, Dr. Kumar’s responsibilities include practice management and administration as well as patient care.
An associate professor in clinical neurology at the University of South California School of Medicine, Dr. Aronow teaches general neurology to medical students and consults with patients who experience chronic pain, headaches and other neurological conditions. Since entering the healthcare industry nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Aronow has garnered comprehensive skills and knowledge in medicine and HIV/AIDS neurology and research and has delivered high-quality patient care.
To pursue his career choice, Mr. Carlson attended South Dakota University to attain his B.S. in Electronics, graduating in 1990. Following this, Mr. Carlson went on to gain his CQE (Certified Quality Engineer) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor) - these provided him with the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand the responsibilities of being an engineer and auditor.
Dr. Yafeh is currently working as a Stroke Neurologist at the NeuroMedical Diagnostic Medical Group and has been fulfilling the role for six years. As a stroke neurologist, Dr. Yafeh’s day to day responsibilities include treating patients who have suffered a stroke, an aneurysm, and various other vascular neurology problems.
Anthony Stein, MD
Dr. Anthony Stein, Hematologist/Oncologist, Director of the Leukemia Program, Co-Director of the Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research, and Clinical Professor of Hematology & Hematopoietic Transplantation at City of Hope in Duarte. Dr. Stein has been active in the healthcare industry for the past 38 years.
Currently an assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Conn., Dr. Alvira dedicates her time to improving various aspects of the pediatric field by conducting research. While she has held her current role for eight years, she has spent the last 13 years in the healthcare industry expanding her skills and knowledge in intensive care, pediatrics, critical care medicine, lung development and pulmonary vascular.
Dr. Naylor provides high-quality care to each patient he treats. While he has held his current role for over 10 years, he has spent the last 24 years in the healthcare industry expanding his skills and knowledge in healthcare education, workforce development, business, leadership, management and neurology.
Dr. Kelly serves as a professor of neuroscience and neurosurgery at the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the director of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. While he has held his current role for over 10 years, Dr. Kelly has spent over 20 years expanding his skills and knowledge in neurosurgery, brain tumors, pituitary surgery, medical education, patient education and patient support.
Currently serving as the medical director for the anesthesia department at Pacific Endoscopic Surgery Center in California, Dr. Taguchi ensures that all functions within the anesthesia department run effectively. While he has held that role for a decade, he contributes extensive skills and knowledge in gastrointestinal-related issues, anesthesia, and medicine.
Karen Arnold, BS, PA-C
Karen Arnold, BS, PA-C, a physician assistant at Lakeside Urgent Care in Burbank, Calif., Ms. Arnold provides immediate walk-in treatment for patients suffering from a variety of illnesses and injuries. Since entering the healthcare industry 16 years ago, Ms. Arnold has garnered skills and knowledge in the emergency room and urgent care and all its diversity, especially orthopedics, pediatrics and dermatology.
Harkesh Sandhu, MD
Dr. Sandhu devoted his considerable intellect to a medical profession, graduating with honors from Punjabi University in 1979 with a Medical Degree. He then excelled in his Fellowship at Guru Nanak Dev University, which he completed in 1983. He will be bringing his expertise in Internal Medicine and Otolaryngology.
Rick A. McPheeters, DO
Rick A. McPheeters, DO will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in Healthcare Education, Workforce Development, and Journal Management.
Dr. David L. Feingold, Partner / Orthopedic Surgeon at Orthopedic Medical Center, shares his knowledge and expertise on Trauma Care, Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery, and Patient Care. With over a decade of experience in the field of Orthopedic Surgery.
Michael Irwin, MD
Dr. Irwin has been active in the healthcare industry for the past 35 years. He obtained his MD from the University of California, San Diego, in 1981, and completed his Residency at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1985. Dr. Irwin’s strong interest in behavioral health led him to his current profession.
Anas Hana, MD
Dr. Anas Hana, Internist/ Medical Acupuncturist/ Owner at Hana Holistic Medical Center. Dr. Hana shares his knowledge and expertise in the field of Internal Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, and Herbal Medicine.
Robert Resnik MD
Dr. Robert Goldsmith, the current Executive Director of Corporate Employee Health at Novartis Services Incorporated. His expertise in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and public health are being acknowledged as major contributions to American healthcare.

Howard Aaron Aronow, MD

Assoc. Prof.
USC Keck School of Med.

Robert Greenfield, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA

Senior Partner
California Heart Associates

Robert Hesselgesser, MD

Radiation Oncologist
Coastal Radiation Oncology Medical Group, Inc

Nader Javadi, MD

Medical Director
Hope Health Center

Kelly Keefe, MD

Eye Physician & Surgeon
Self Employed

Caren Lieberman, BS

Owner
Physical Therapy Studio

Lorraine Lupin M.D.

Director 
Cedars Sinai Med. Center

Lawrence McKnight, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Harrison Medical

Sanjay Muttreja, MD, FHM

Regional Medical Director
Envision Physician Services

Golaun Odabaei, MD, MS

Nephrologist
East Bay Nephrology Medical Group

Hardip Rahal, PA-C, MPT

Physician Assistant
Sierra Pacific Orthopedic Center

Harkesh Sandhu, MS, MD

Staff Physician
Dept. of Veterans Affairs

John Schaeffer, DO

President, CEO, Chief Medical Officer
American Telepsychiatrists

Stanford Shu, MD

Attending Physician
Loma Linda Univ.

Novarro Stafford, Senior, ABA/MD

Consultant
Self

Cassie Stanton, MS, PA-C

Physician Assistant
US Healthworks

Mitchell Taguchi, M.D.

Director
Ambulatory Anesthesia Assoc.

Dung Trinh, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Irvine Clinical Research

Manuel Weiskopf, MD

Attending
Manuel Weiskopf. MD

Banafsheh Yafeh, M.D.

Stroke Neurologist
Neuromedical Diagnositic Med. Group

Raymond Zablotny, AB, MD

Retired Psychiatrist
Permanente Medical Group