Eating Disorders Program Director, Pediatrics
Dr. Sara Buckelew started the UCSF Eating Disorders Program in 2007. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and transitional age youth with eating disorders. Dr. Buckelew earned a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in public health at UC Berkeley. She is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine, American Teachers of Preventive Medicine, and Society for Adolescent Medicine.
Eating Disorders Program Chief Nutritionist
Dr. Andrea Garber is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and Chief Nutritionist for the Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Garber earned her PhD in Human and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and RD (Registered Dietitian) from UCSF. She teaches in the UCSF School of Medicine, where she is the Nutrition Theme Director, and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, where she holds a joint faculty appointment. Dr. Garber's research focuses on eating disorders. She is the Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded study of refeeding in adolescents with anorexia nervosa. In the community, Dr. Garber has been a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Childhood Obesity Task Force, co-Chair of the Mayor’s Shape Up initiative, and an invited participant to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Obesity Summit.
Allyn Evans is a registered dietitian with specialized certification in renal or kidney nutrition. She helps treat patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal diseases, such as small bowel syndrome, celiac disease, failure to thrive, and intestinal bowel disorder. She also works with patients before and after liver transplants and is involved with the Teen Clinic, where she provides nutritional counseling to teens with eating disorders. In the hospital, she works with children who are on dialysis due to kidney failure and those undergoing kidney transplantation. Evans earned a bachelor of science degree in nutritional science at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the National Kidney Foundation.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Loris Y. Hwang is currently an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine. Dr. Hwang received her medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Hwang was then in community practice in general pediatrics in the greater Seattle area. She cared for pediatric and adolescent patients at the Tulalip Indian Health Clinic and several clinic sites for Public Health Seattly and King County. She completed both clinical and research fellowships in adolsecent medicine at UCSF. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), member of the Society for Adolscent Medicine, and a member of the Western Society for Pediatric Research. She currently cares for adolescent patients at the UCSF Adolescent & Young Adult Clinic and at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Molly Koren is a social worker in the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and in the Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Koren provides counseling, consultation, information, referrals, and advocacy for young people and their families. Koren is a licensed clinical social worker and earned a master's in social work from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Fellowship Director, Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine
Dr. Mark Rubinstein, director of the UCSF Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Fellowship program, has devoted his career to the care and research of adolescents. Dr. Rubinstein completed his medical education and internal medicine residency at the Yale School of Medicine. He then went on to complete a fellowship in adolescent medicine at UCSF. He is board-certified in internal medicine and adolescent medicine.
Marissa Raymond-Flesch, MD, MPH
Dr. Marissa Raymond-Flesch is currently an Assisant Professor in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and transitional age youth with eating disorders. Dr. Raymond-Flesch earned a medical degree at Cornell University and a master’s degree in public health at Columbia University. She completed a joint residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Stanley Vance, MD
Dr. Vance is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. Dr. Vance's areas of interest are provision of care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Young Adolescents and Young Adults and medical management of transgender youth.
Veronika Mesheriakova, MD
Veronika Mesheriakova, MD is a clinical fellow in in the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and a trainee in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program. Dr. “Veronika” earned her medical degree at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota and completed internship and residency in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and a member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).
Megen Vo, MD
Megen Vo, MD is a clinical fellow in the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and a trainee in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program. Dr. Vo earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York and completed internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco Pediatrics Residency Training Program. Her research project is on Eating Disorders in Adolescent Males: Presenting Characteristics.
Erin Jones, MD
Erin Jones, MD is a clinical fellow in the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and a trainee in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program. Dr. Jones earned her medical degree from Boston University, School of Medicine and completed her residency training in the University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.
Jason Nagata, MD
Jason Nagata, MD is a clinical fellow in the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and a trainee in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program. Dr. Nagata earned his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Stanford University.
Distinguised Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine
Director of Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics
Charles E. Irwin, Jr., M.D. is the Project Director for the Adolescent and Young Adult Health (AYAH) National Resource Center, and Co-Principal Investigator for the AYAH Research Network. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, and Director of Health Policy in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM).
Dr. Irwin is a graduate of Hobart College, Dartmouth Medical School and UCSF. His current health services research program focuses on improving preventive screening practices in clinical settings and the financial and structural issues altering adolescents' and young adults' ability to access health care in the United States. He has received numerous awards including the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Outstanding Achievement Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Adele D. Hofmann Award in Adolescent Medicine, the Swedish Medical Society’s Lectureship Award, the National Center for Youth Law’s Annual Award for Improving the Lives of At Risk Youth, the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Hillary E.C. Millar Award for innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care, and most recently he received the SAHM’s Iris Litt Research Professorship Award. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and several chapters in medical textbooks. He served as the first Chairman of the Subspecialty Board in Adolescent Medicine of the American Board of Pediatrics, Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Healthcare Research and Quality Subcommittee on Quality Measures for Children’s Healthcare, President of The Society for Adolescent Medicine, and as a member of the Executive Council of the Section of Adolescent Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served on the Institute of Medicine/ National Academies Committee on the Health, Well-Being and Safety of Young Adults, the Committee on Improving the Health Care Services for Adolescents, and the Committee that wrote Losing Generations: Adolescents in High Risk Settings.