Medical Services Staff

Lawrence Neinstein, MD

Executive Director, Engemann Student Health Center, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Assistant Provost for Student Health and Wellness.

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Adolescent Medicine.
  • Societies: Society for Adolescent Medicine Past President, American College Health Association, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, Medical Group Management Association, Pacific Coast College Health Association.
  • Education: Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles, Residency: Internal Medicine Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Fellowship/subspecialty: Adolescent medicine Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
  • Special Interests: Reproductive health including contraception and sexually transmitted infections, adolescent and young adult health, medical teaching, research and writing, Internet use and medicine.

James R. Jacobs, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Engemann Student Health Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.
  • Societies: American College Health Association (member); American Society for Quality (senior member); American College of Emergency Physicians (fellow); American College of Healthcare Executives (member).
  • Education: BES, Johns Hopkins University; PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham; MD, Duke University School of Medicine.
  • Residency: Emergency Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center.
  • Fellowship: Research, Carolinas Medical Center.
  • Special Interests: Men’s health, anxiety, acute wound care, acne; intelligence analysis; homeland security and biological threats.

Sharon Adachi, PAC

Physician Assistant, Women’s Health and Primary Care

  • Certifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. California State Licensed.
  • Education: University of Southern California: B.A.; USC Physician Assistant Program
  • Special Interests: Diagnosis and treatment of the skin (dermatology).

Jorge Bernardez, MD

Staff Physician, Urgent Care and Primary Care

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Family Medicine.
  • Societies: Member – American Academy of Family Physicians, Member – American Medical Association.
  • Education: Antioch University: B.S. Biology and Chemistry; University of California Los Angeles / Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science MD Internship: University Hospital, Jacksonville Florida – Family Medicine; King/Drew Medical Center – Family Practice.
  • Residency: King/Drew Medical Center – Family Medicine.

Douglas Cheshire, MD

Staff Physician, Primary Care

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Ambulatory Medicine.
  • Societies: Member, American Academy of Family Practice.
  • Education: University of Southern California School of Medicine: MD, University of Southern California: Ms.Ed.
  • Special Interests: Sports Medicine, fitness, preventive medicine, men’s health, eating disorders, psycho-social aspects of medicine.

Michael Creamer, PAC

Physician Assistant, Primary Care, Urgent Care, Women’s Health, Men’s Health Team.

  • Other Responsibilities: Medical Director for the Anonymous HIV Testing and Counseling Program through Health Promotion and Prevention Services. Member of the Men’s Health Team.
  • Certifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. California State Licensed.
  • Education: University of Southern California, Physician Assistant Program.
  • Special Interests: Health Education, men’s health team.

Jane L. Davis, MD

Staff Physician, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine.
  • Societies: American College Of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, American Medical Association.
  • Education: M.D. from Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia (now known as Drexel University School of Medicine); Residency in Ob/Gyn at Cedars-Sinai Medicine Center; Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA/ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Special interests: Preconception counseling; adolescent medicine.

Elizabeth Laughlin-Hobbs, PA

Staff Physician Assistant, Acute Care

  • Certifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, California State Licensed
  • Education: Pennsylvania State University, Health and Physical Education, Physician Assistant Program
  • Special Interests: Urgent care, sports medicine.

Shana Jordan, MD

Staff Physician

  • Certifications: Board Certified Family Medicine
  • Societies: Diplomate American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Education: Medical School, USC; Residency, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Family Medicine
  • Special Interests: Healthcare for the uninsured and underserved, college health, prevention and wellness.

Donna Beard Gilchrist, WHNP-BC, MSN

Board Certified Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Certifications: NCC Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified, California State Licensed
  • Societies: California Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Education: California State University Long Beach , Bachelor of Science Nursing; California State University Los Angeles, Master of Science Nursing; CSULA/Kaiser Permanente Nurse Practitioner Certification.
  • Special Interests: Health care of women, gynecologic care of female athletes, speaking to campus groups about woman’s health issues; health education.

George T. Kalaw, PAC

Staff Physician Assistant, Urgent Care

  • Certifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. California State Licensed.
  • Education: Charles R. Drew University, Physician Assistant Program (cum laude), University of Phoenix, BS Nursing, LA County Medical Center School of Nursing, RN Program, Medical Service Specialist, Community College of the Air Force (USAF).

Dennis Kelly, MD

Staff Physician, Men’s Health Care

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, 1983.
  • Education: Pennsylvania State University, University of Cologne, Germany (Year Abroad): BS (cum laude); University of Pittsburgh: MD, Internship: Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Internal Medicine; Residencies: Mercy Hospital, Internal Medicine, Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, Emergency Medicine.
  • Special Interests: Men’s health team; instrumental in developing men’s health as concept at USC, UCLA and California State University Northridge, since 1981.

Karel Kooper

Staff Physician

  • Certification: Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Education: Medical School: University of Southern California; Residency: Family Medicine, Kaiser Pemanente, Woodland Hills; Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California at San Diego.
  • Special Interests: Sports medicine, preventative care, healthcare informatics, ambulatory care.

Emily Kumai, PAC

Physician Assistant, Women’s Health and Primary Care

  • Certifications: National Commission Certification of Physician Assistants. California State Licensed.
  • Societies: Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.
  • Education: Pitzer College: BA; Claremont Graduate School: M.A.; University of Southern California Physician Assistant Program.
  • Special Interests: Women’s health.

William Leavitt, MD, F.A.A.P.

Lead Physician, USC- Engemann Student Health Center

  • Other Responsibilities: Urgent Care, Internal Medicine, Primary Care
  • Certifications: Board Certified in Pediatrics. Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Societies: Member: Los Angeles County Medical Association, California Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine.
  • Education: University of Southern California : BS (cum laude); University of Southern California School of Medicine: MD; Residency: Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics; Internship: Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.
  • Special Interests: General Internal Medicine.

Coree Levy, DC

Chiropractic Clinical Supervisor

  • Certifications: National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Societies: American Chiropractic Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (Diplomate in Process)
  • Education: University of California San Diego, B.S. Neuroscience and Behavior Psychology, University of Southern California, Chiropractic Internship, Southern California University of Health Sciences, D.C.
  • Special Interests: Sports medicine, soft tissue injuries, nutrition, complementary and alternative care including preventative and functional medicine (focus on auto-immune diseases and food allergies), emergency diving and accident management – hyperbaric medicine.

Paul F. Merkle, MD

Consultant Orthopedics

  • Certifications: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 1999
  • Societies: Board of Director, USC Graduate Orthopedic Society, California Medical Association; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; American Medical Association; AAOS Candidate Member.
  • Education: University of Southern California School of Medicine, M.D. 1986; Internship – Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery 1990-91; Residency – Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery 1991-95; Fellowships – USC School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics Pelvis, Acetabulum and Spine 7/95-12/95; UC Davis Medical Center, Spine Trauma 11/95; Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, Spine 12/95.

Etan Milgrom, MD

Staff Physician, Acute Care/Allergy & Immunology, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine.

  • Certifications: Board Certified in Family Medicine, 1988
  • Education: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: MD, Residency in Family Medicine and fellowship in Allergy/Immunology.
  • Special Interests: Acute care / urgent care, allergy/immunology, teaching medical students, residents and continuing medical education.

Peck Y. Ong, MD

Attending Physician and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine.

  • Certifications: American Board of Allergy and Immunology and American Board of Pediatrics
  • Societies: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Education: Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine; Residency: White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles; Allergy/Immunology Fellowship: National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver.
  • Special Interests: Asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, immunodeficiency.

Andre Rafael

Licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine

  • Certifications: Certified medical Qi-Gong practitioner, Certified in Acupuncture Orthopedics by American Acupuncture Academy.
  • Societies: American Acupuncture Council, California Society of Oriental Medicine
  • Education: University of California, Irvine: BS, Samra University of Oriental Medicine: MS (cum laude), Scarsdale University: Ph.D. Oriental Medicine.
  • Special Interests: Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor, acupuncture and oriental medicine continuing education provider for California Acupuncture Board, Qualified Medical Evaluator for State of California industrial medical council, on the teaching faculty of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine schools in Los Angeles area and clinic supervisor and preceptor.

Linda Richards, PAC

Physician Assistant, Primary Care and Urgent Care

  • Certifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, California State Licensed
  • Education: Charles R. Drew University, Physician Assistant Program, California State University at Long Beach, B.S. Health Sciences
  • Special Interests: Primary care, acute care.

Lisa Richardson, MD

Staff Physician, Primary Care

  • Societies: Member: Society of Adolescent Medicine, Member: American Academy of Pediatrics, Member: Association of Black Women Physicians, Secretary/President: St. George Society (American Cancer Society), Member: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Co-Chair of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles.
  • Education: Spelman College: BA, Psychology; University of California at Irvine: Postgraduate Training; Howard University College of Medicine: MD.

Sudha Russell, MD

Staff Physician, Urgent Care and Primary Care

    • Certifications:Board Certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Certified in PALS and ACLS.
    • Societies: Member: American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Education:Pennsylvania State University – B.S. in Preprofessional Biology and Health Planning and Administration; Medical College of Pennsylvania – M.D.
    • Residency: Pediatrics – Albert Einstein Medical Center, Chief Resident in the thrid year of Residency Emergency Medicine – Medical College of Pennsylvania
    • Fellowships:Allergy and Clinical Immunology – Jefferson Medical College/Thomas Jefferson Unviersity Hospital Pediatric Emergency Medicine – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin/Medical College of Wisconsin

Mickey R. Shintaku, MD

Consultant Orthopedics

      • Certifications: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Diplomate 1979.
      • Societies: Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Elected 1981.
      • Education: University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Science; Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine 1972; Saint Louis University School of Medicine Hospitals, General Surgery Internship 1972-73; Saint Louis University School of Medicine Group Hospitals, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery 1973-77.

Rosemary Strube, PAC

Physician Assistant – Primary Care

      • Certifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. California State Licensed.
      • Societies: Member: American Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants; California Academy of Physician Assistants; American College Health Association.
        Education: Bachelor of Science in Health Education from San Diego State University Physician Assistant Bachelor of Science degree from Hahnemann University. Masters of Science in Health Care Administration from University of La Verne.
      • Special Interests: Family medicine.

George Raymond Tyndall, MD

Women’s Health Gynecologist

      • Certifications: Fellow, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP); Physician’s Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education, American Medical Association
      • Societies: Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society
      • Education: State University of New York: BA (summa cum laude); Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania: MD (AOA); Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG): 1-year Internship and 3-year Residency in Obstetrics-Gynecology
      • Special Interests: Providing information that women may use to avoid the morbidity and mortality that can result from preventable conditions and diseases.

Lori Walker, MD

Staff Physician, General Internal Medicine and Urgent Care

      • Certifications: Board Certified in Internal Medicine
      • Societies: American College of Physicians member
      • Education: Charles R. Drew/University of California, Los Angeles – MD
      • Residency: Martin Luther King Hospital – Internal Medicine
      • Special Interests: Primary care, acute care, women’s health, medical issues of eating disorders.

Mildred Wenger, MD

Staff Physician, Primary Care Internal Medicine, and Urgent Care

    • Certifications: Board Certified in Internal Medicine
    • Societies: American College of Physicians, American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Education: University of California, San Diego: BA, UAG-Guadalajara Mexico: MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital Center: Post Graduate Training.
    • Special Interests: Primary care, health maintenance, workers compensation.