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Melinda Bendermember profile

Melinda Bender

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Institute for Health & Aging. My research focus involves lifestyle interventions promoting healthy behavior change to reduce diabetes and heart disease risks among underserved Asian populations, particularly Filipinos. An emphasis is placed on community participation to provide culturally appropriate interventions relevant for the target population.
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Nancy Burkeprofile

Nancy Burke

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. I have conducted research in Cuba and the U.S. on social and cultural processes associated with chronic disease management and cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. My research program addresses subjectivity, bioethics, and culture. Over the last eight years I have worked in partnership with the Philipino Senior Resource Center on studies of Filipina breast cancer support disparities and peer navigation. I am currently principal investigator of a study of information disparities and cancer clinical trial recruitment in safety net hospitals.
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Jyu-Lin Chenprofile

Jyu-Lin Chen

I am an Associate Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. My program of research focuses on the impact of familial factors on Chinese and Chinese-American children’s health, with an emphasis on obesity in children. My research utilizes child-centered and family-oriented methods from a bio-behavioral model. I have developed several intervention programs for improving healthy lifestyle and preventing childhood obesity in community settings and primary care settings.
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Yoshimi Fukuokaprofile
Yoshimi Fukuoka

I am an Associate Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. My research program focuses on primary and secondary prevention of heart disease in adults, particularly in women and ethnic/racial minorities.
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Gordon Fungprofile
Gordon Fung

I am a Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. In addition to an active clinical practice in cardiology, I am medical director of the UCSF Asian Heart & Vascular Center.
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Arti Shahmember profile

Jane Jih

I am an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF.  My research focuses on preventing and managing obesity-related chronic diseases in minority and immigrant populations, particularly among Asian Americans.  My work aims to address modifiable risk factors for obesity-related diseases such as dietary habits and physical activity and to explore how immigration, language, culture and communication impact these behaviors.
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Galen Joshepprofile

Galen Joseph

I am the Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco where I am also a member of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. My research, at the intersection of medical anthropology and public health, investigates the socio-cultural and institutional dimensions of inequities in cancer care. My research focuses specifically on clinical practices and social implications of breast cancer genetics among economically and ethnically diverse women, and recruitment to cancer clinical trials among vulnerable populations.
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Leah Karlinerprofile

Leah Karliner

I am a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF, where I see patients in General Medicine practice, teach and mentor residents and fellows, and conduct patient-centered clinical research in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease specifically focusing on Asian American populations. I am the Principal Investigator for the MASALA (Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America) study.
Affiliated websites: Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asian Living in America


Leah Karlinerprofile

Leah Karliner

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. I am committed to understanding how best to provide quality medical care across language barriers, including increasing access to professional interpreter services, and improving communication in the course of breast cancer care. I currently have an R01 from the National Institute on Aging to examine a systems intervention approach to increasing access to professional interpreters for elderly Chinese and Spanish speaking patients in the hospital.
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Mandana Khaliliprofile
Mandana Khalili

I am a Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine and Chief of Hepatology at San Francisco General Hospital. My research focuses on viral hepatitis B and C.
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Anthony Kimprofile
Anthony Kim

I am an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the UCSF School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the UCSF Stroke Center.
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Uma Mahadevanprofile

Uma Mahadevan

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. I am a gastroenterologist who conduct research in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). I am interested in the higher incidence of IBD in the South Asian population in the U.S. compared to India and am focusing on environmental changes that may drive the onset of IBD in the genetically susceptible individual. These changes include dietary and hygiene changes after moving to the US as well as changes in the gut microbiome.
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Arnab Mukherjeamember profile




Arnab Mukherjea

I am an Assistant Professor of Health Science (Public & Community Health) at California State University, East Bay.  I also maintain formal research affiliations with UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis.  My research interests largely revolve around using community-engaged methods to understand and address health disparities among understudied Asian & Pacific Islander subgroups, with a particular focus on contextual and culturally-framed risk factors. My current studies are focused on understanding the myriad factors influencing unique forms of tobacco use among South Asians in the United States, and their contribution to tobacco-related disease in this population (including disproportionate burdens of cancer). This information will be ultimately valuable for comprehensive and targeted intervention strategies. I serve as a committee member on the California Health Interview Survey (representing South Asians), am a member of the Asian American Cancer Awareness, Research & Training's (AANCART) Training Core, and am a member of the Data & Research Subcommittee for Asian American Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership (APPEAL).
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Van M. Ta Park

I am a tenured Associate Professor at San José State University, Department of Health Science and Recreation. My research goal is to reduce and eliminate racial disparities in mental health and health care through health services and prevention interdisciplinary research. In particular, I am most interested in understanding racial differences in the barriers and facilitators to accessing preventative and needed mental health and related services among racial and ethnic minorities, especially among Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders across the lifespan. My two major projects include: 1) "Culturally tailored program to reduce stress among Vietnamese dementia caregivers"; and, 2) "Evaluating the Feasibility of K-drama to Improve Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors on Mental Health.
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Rena Pasickprofile
Rena Pasick

I am a Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine and Associate Director for Community Education & Outreach at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Affiliated website: Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research;


Thu Quachprofile

Thu Quach

I am a Research Scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, where I lead several studies focusing on the booming nail salon workforce, many of whom are Vietnamese immigrant women. I also work on community-based participatory research projects (CBPR) to characterize environmental hazards in immigrant communities. In addition, I am also Director of Community Health and Research at Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland Chinatown, where I work with providers and other community health staff to promote research that would inform practice-based and community-based efforts to address health disparities in the Asian and Pacific Islander population.
Affiliated websites: Cailfornia Healthy Nail Salons; Asian Health Services;

Vineeta Singhprofile
Vineeta Singh

I am an Associate Professor of Neurology in the UCSF School of Medicine.
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Winston Tsengprofile

Winston Tseng

I am an Assistant Adjunct Professor of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Division of Prevention Science, in the Department of Medicine, at UCSF. My research focuses on HIV/AIDS and other health disparities among LGBT individuals of color.
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Winston Tsengprofile


Winston Tseng

I am an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at UCSF and a Senior Research Associate at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). I am a medical sociologist with extensive public health and CBPR experience with diverse and vulnerable populations. My research focus includes research capacity building and racial/ethnic health disparities utilizing mixed methods, participatory, and organizational approaches. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the Health Working Group of the University of California Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program and past Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health.
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Janice Tsohprofile
Janice Tsoh

I am an Associate Professor in Psychiatry in the UCSF School of Medicine. I am also the Research Director of the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project. My research focuses on addictive behaviors and nicotine dependence treatment in special populations including depressed patients, elderly smokers, and Asian Americans.
Affiliated website: Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project;


Elisa Tongprofile


Elisa Tong

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. My research interest is in tobacco control policy and cessation, with a special emphasis on Asian populations.  I am Co-Chair for the American Cancer Society's California Division's AAPI team, and the Research Subcommittee for the Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL)..
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Grace Yooprofile
Grace Yoo

I am a Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University. My research interests include understanding the meaning of social support on a wide range of health issues impacting Asian Americans.
Affiliated website: http://www.sfsu.edu/~aas/yoo-grace.html



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