Our Board Members
Mr. Levitt is a graduate of Temple University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Radio, TV and Film. His career spanned two decades as an executive in automotive industry public relations and marketing. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Battleship New Jersey Museum and is Chairman of the Board’s Curatorial Committee. Mr. Levitt is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Crossings Animal Sanctuary. Mr. Levitt’s interests include European and American history, high-performance cars, scale model construction, and video editing.
Barry Simon, MD, President, Board of Directors
Dr. Simon is the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Highland Hospital - Alameda Health System and has served in that capacity since 199? He is also a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Simon is originally from Detroit, MI and attended Michigan State University. He received his MD from Wayne State University and did a residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital. Dr. Simon is the founding President of the Board of Directors for the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine. His interests include hiking, travel, reading, dogs, tech toys and his children and grandchildren.
Harrison J. Alter, MS, MD, Founding Executive Director, Director of Research
Dr. Alter is the Associate Chair for Research at Highland Hospital - Alameda Health System, and has been an attending emergency physician at Highland since 2004. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Alter also serves as Executive Director of the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine (levittcenter.org), and is a lecturer in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Alter was on the faculty of emergency medicine at the University of Washington and its Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, and served also as an emergency physician for the Navajo Nation. Dr. Alter received his medical degree and Master’s in health and medical sciences from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington. He is a graduate of Brown University, with a concentration in Comparative Literature. Dr. Alter is the founding Executive Director for the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine. His interests include fiction, hockey, skiing and his children.
Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, MS, MD, Secretary
Dr. Freeman Garrick was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley and attended medical school at the University of Southern California. She trained in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program in New York, serving as chief resident during her final year in 2001. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who, after completing her residency, obtained a Masters in Science in Epidemiology from Cornell University. Dr. Freeman Garrick currently serves as the EMS Base Director at Alameda Health System- Highland Hospital and is an attending physician in the Emergency Department. She is the Deputy Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services in Alameda County, Director for the Alameda County Health Pipeline Partnership and she is the founder of Mentoring in Medicine & Science. Dr. Freeman Garrick is primarily interested in research that addresses violence prevention through health education and economic opportunities as well as societal impacts on health. Dr. Freeman Garrick’s interests include dancing and travel.
Our Senior Scientists
Douglas AE White, MD
Dr. Douglas AE. White is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco who works as an attending emergency physician at Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System (formerly the Alameda County Medical Center). He serves as an Associate Researcher for the Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine in Oakland, California and is the Director of Emergency Department HIV and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Screening as well as the Director of Residency Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Since 2004, Dr. White has been actively involved in public health research with a focus on implementing models of HIV and HCV screening in the urban ED. His work has been supported through several grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California State Office of AIDS, Gilead Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. White has partnered with the CDC in providing training and clinical expertise in their workshop series, â€œImplementation of HIV Screening in Acute Care Settingsâ€ and has been an active member of the National Emergency Department HIV Testing Consortium. He is currently a co-investigator in an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial evaluating 3 HIV screening methods in EDs. Over the past 3 years, Dr. White has integrated both targeted HCV screening (risk-based and birth cohort) as well as non-risk-based screening into ED clinical operations.
Andrew Herring, MD
Andrew A. Herring, MD, is an attending emergency physician at Highland Hospital Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, and a clinical instructor at UCSF. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2008 and is board certified in addiction medicine. Herring conducts research on non-opioid pain management approaches in the emergency department, and teaches nationally on integrating ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and interventional pain procedures into a practical approach to emergency pain management. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s advisory panel on acute pain medicine. Herring is leading a series of pilots funded by the California Health Care Foundation to launch provision of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in emergency settings.
Robert J. Wong, MD, MS
Robert J. Wong, MD, MS, is the director of research and education in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Alameda Health System’s Highland Hospital and assistant clinical professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Wong studied molecular and cell biology at University of California, Berkeley, and then moved across the bay to the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine for his MD. He received an MS in clinical epidemiology and completed fellowships in gastroenterology and hepatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. His internal medicine residency was completed at California Pacific Medical Center, and he did a research fellowship at National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. In 2015, Wong received the AASLD Young Investigator Travel Award, and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Salix Fellowship to Leadership Award. EASL also gave him the Young Investigator Award (2014) and UCSF sent him to Guangzhou, China as part of the Sun Yat Sen University Exchange program.
Dr. Wong co-chair’s the Alameda Health System Institutional Review Board and sits on a number of committees, including the Highland Hospital Department of Medicine Committee to Support Resident Scholarly Activity, the Highland Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program Clinical Competency Committee and the California Pacific Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, Program Evaluation Committee.
Harrison J. Alter, MS, MD, Founding Executive Director and Director of Research
Karen Sakanashi, JD, Executive Director
Serene Chen, MD, Design Innovator
Jahan Fahimi, MD, MPH, Advisor
Essence Fisher-Hobson, Project Manager
Bradley Frazee, MD, Advisor
Eric Giannella, PhD, Associate Researcher
Rohan Jha, Data Science Innovator
Coco Lemberg, Social Media Manager
Matilda Lynton, Data Science Innovator
Kitty Rothschild, Senior Advisor
N. Ewen Wang, MD, Advisor
Our Scientific Advisory Panel
James A. Gordon, MD, MPA, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Renee Y. Hsia, MD, MSc, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Robert Lowe, MD, MPH, Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Medical Informatics and Epidemiology, and Senior Scholar, Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University
Karin Rhodes, MD, MS, Vice-President, Care Management Design & Evaluation, Office of Population Health Management, Northwell Health, and Professor, Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Robert Rodriguez, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Research Director, SFGH, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Knox H. Todd, MD, MPH, Director, EMLine.org