CTAF Members

The CTAF member panel is composed of California-based experts from a range of disciplines including medical ethics, outcomes research, consumer advocacy, practicing clinicians, methodologists, and technology assessment experts. Members of the CTAF panel are recruited as individuals and do not represent their organization, specialty society, or any particular interest. They are selected based on clinical and policy expertise specific to technology assessment.

Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC, FSCAI, FAHA

Clinical Professor of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Ralph Brindis is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and serves on the affiliate faculty of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He presently is the Senior …

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Christine Castano, MD

Medical Director, Utilization Management

HealthCare Partners

Dr. Castano is the Medical Director of Utilization Management at HealthCare Partners Medical Group in California, where she is responsible for a variety of initiatives to increase the value of care provided to their patients.  Previously she served as the …

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Felicia Cohn, PhD

Bioethics Director

Kaiser Permanente, Orange County

Felicia Cohn, PhD, is the Bioethics Director for Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, and a Clinical Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Cohn has served on several ethics committees …

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Robert Collyar

Patient Advocate

Bob Collyar became a dedicated patient advocate with his wife’s first breast cancer in 1990.  He was made a board member of Breast Cancer Action by its original leader in 1991, and he helped the group take lessons learned from …

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Rena K. Fox, MD

Professor of Medicine

UCSF

Dr. Rena Fox is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF, where she has been on the faculty in the division of general internal medicine for 16 years. Dr. Fox is the sole faculty member at UCSF who is both a …

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Luanda Grazette, MD, MPH, FACC

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California

Dr. Luanda Grazette is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), where she is also Co-director of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy and is responsible for patient care …

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Kimberly Gregory, MD, MPH

Vice Chair, Women's Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Kimberly Gregory is Vice Chair of Women’s Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Board certified in Ob/Gyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, she is …

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Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS

CTAF Chair; Professor and Vice-Chair for Quality, Clinical Affairs, and Analytics

Stanford University

Dr. Paul Heidenreich is Professor and Vice-Chair for Quality, Clinical Affairs, and Analytics in the Department of Medicine, and a Professor by courtesy of Health Research and Policy in the Stanford University School of Medicine.  He serves as Chair of …

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Jeffrey Hoch, PhD

Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences and Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

University of California, Davis

Jeffrey Hoch received his PhD in health economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He also holds a Masters in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences from …

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Jeffrey Klingman, MD

Chief of Neurology

The Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Klingman serves as Chief of Neurology at Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek.  He also serves on a range of committees, including the New Technology Committee of The Permanente Medical Group, American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorder Society, California Neurological …

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Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH

Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and Professor of Family and Community Medicine

University of California, Davis

Dr. Joy Melnikow is the Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on cancer screening and prevention in women, patient preferences, cost-effectiveness …

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Patricia E. Powers, MPA

Executive Director

Center for Healthcare Decisions

Patricia Powers possesses more than 30 years of experience as a nationally known leader in both the private and public health care and health sectors. She currently serves as the executive director of the Center for Healthcare Decisions, a nonprofit, …

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Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, FACC

Professor

UCSF School of Medicine

Dr. Rita Redberg has been a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine and Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) since 1990.  Dr. Redberg is currently the Chief Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives …

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William Remak, BSc MT, BPH

Patient Advocate

Emeritus Board Member, California Chronic Care Coalition

William (Bill) Remak, is a Medical Technologist, patient advocate, and former faculty member of the University of California, San Francisco. He also has a Bachelors’ of Science in Public Health Administration from San Francisco State University. In 1994, Bill became …

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Robert E. Rentschler, MD

Retired

Beaver Medical Group

Dr. Rentschler received his medical degree from Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Medicine in 1970, and then completed his Internal Medicine residency from 1970-1972 at LLU Medical Center (interrupted by two years of Army medical service to 1974).  He …

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Alexander Smith, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

UCSF

Dr. Alex Smith is a clinician-researcher at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) who is at the forefront of efforts to integrate geriatrics and palliative care.  Dr. Smith’s research program focuses on improving palliative care for vulnerable and dependent …

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Michael Steinberg, MD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology

UCLA

Dr. Steinberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  He also serves as the Executive Vice President for Affiliations and Partnerships of the UCLA Health System.  Dr. Steinberg …

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