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The Family Medicine Residency Training Program is honored to have a distinguished faculty.

Chris Gordon, M.D.

DSC_1275Dr. Christopher Gordon is the Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Training Program and Assistant Medical Director for Adult Medicine at Family Health Centers of San Diego. He received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at Texas A&M in 2001.

While attending medical school at Texas A&M he served as Vice President of the Medical Student class from August 1998 to May 1999 and was also a volunteer at the Outreach Clinic. After graduation, Dr. Gordon completed two years of training in psychiatry at UCI-Medical Center. He then completed a residency program in family medicine at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center. While at Riverside County Regional Medical Center he was awarded the Intern of the Year Award in 2007 and Resident Teacher of the Year Award in 2009, and he served as Chief Resident from 2008 to 2009.

He is a member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners, California Academy of Family Practitioners, San Diego County Medical Association, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Society of Teachers for Family Medicine. Dr. Gordon enjoys playing soccer, running and speaking German. He is board-certified in family medicine and has been part of Family Health Centers of San Diego since 2009.


Kristin Brownell, M.D., M.P.H.

DSC_0720_WebDr. Kristin Brownell received her medical degree and master’s degree in public health from the University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University Joint Program in 2001. She completed her family practice residency at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa in 2004 and served as Chief Resident in 2003. Dr. Brownell also completed a fellowship in Underserved Medicine from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego in 2005.

She is a member of the core faculty and runs the community medicine rotation. In addition to community medicine, Dr. Brownell’s special interests include women’s, refugee and international health. In addition, she served as a volunteer Peace Corps member in Paraguay from 1994 to 1996.

Dr. Brownell is board -certified in family medicine. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, California Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Teachers in Family Medicine and California Medical Association. Since 2004, Dr. Brownell has been teaching medical students for the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project. She co-leads the San Diego region of the CAFP California Residency Network.

Dr. Brownell is fluent in Spanish and has been part of Family Health Centers of San Diego since 2007.


Suriti Kundu, M.D.

DSC_0709_WebDr. Suriti Kundu received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis in 1993. After an internship at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego she completed her residency in family medicine at UCSD in 1997. Over the years, Dr. Kundu has published several medical reviews and book chapters.

She loves to read and teach, and has been a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD since 2006. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Suraj, and three sons.

She has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine since 1997. Dr. Kundu speaks Spanish and has been part of Family Health Centers of San Diego since 2012.


Christian Ramers, M.D., M.P.H.

MEDICAL RESIDENCY - Dr. RamersDr. Christian Ramers serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Research & Special Populations at Family Health Centers of San Diego. He earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2003 and completed his internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in internal medicine/pediatrics.

While attending medical school at UCSD he was honored with the “Dean of Students” award in 2001. He completed a fellowship specializing in adult infectious diseases at the University of Washington. He received a graduate degree in public health from the University of Washington School of Public Health and has worked with ministries of health in several African countries to develop HIV-related educational programs.

He is currently leading several clinical and educational programs supporting HIV and hepatitis C treatment within our clinics. He is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and pediatrics. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Ramers has been part of Family Health Centers of San Diego since 2012.


Charles Bart Smoot, M.D.

MEDICAL RESIDENCY - Dr. SmootDr. Charles Smoot is the Assistant Medical Director for Clinical Outcomes and Clinical Applications Coordinator at Family Health Centers of San Diego. He is responsible for directing the organization toward improving quality metrics across a wide variety of national standards using interdisciplinary methods. He worked closely with the medical providers and IT department to help design, implement and deliver our homegrown electronic health record system.

Dr. Smoot received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2005. He received the Annual Ferris Scholarship for MD Education Award at UCSD in 2001 to 2005. Dr. Smoot also completed his family medicine residency at UCSD in 2008. Dr. Smoot is a recipient of the UCSD Outstanding Contribution to Medical School Community Award and Roderick K. Calvarley Humanitarian Service Award, and he was a member of the Gold Humanism National Medical Honor Society.

He served as Manager for the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project from 2002 to 2003 and 2004 to 2005. He has traveled to both Haiti and Honduras to provide medical care to patients. While in Haiti Dr. Smoot was able to provide medical personal to run the mobile clinics, assist the birthing center and open a hypertension clinic. In the 2002, Dr. Smoot spent five weeks in Honduras studying how medicine was practiced in impoverished areas. Dr. Smoot is board-certified in family medicine and speaks proficient Spanish. He has been part of Family Health Centers of San Diego since 2008.


Thao Tran, M.D.

MEDICAL RESIDENCY - Dr. TranDr. Thao Tran is the Associate Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Training Program. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her family practice residency at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa in 2003. The University of California, San Francisco’s residency program at Sutter Medical Center focuses on care to the underserved populations of Sonoma County.

Dr. Tran is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese. She has a particular interest in women’s health, maternity care and sports medicine. She runs the Procedures Clinic for the residency program. She is board certified in family medicine and has been a part of Family Health Centers of San Diego since 2003.


Mike Schmerber, M.D.

DSC_0692_WebDr. Mike Schmerber earned dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the Texas A&M University before receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Following medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of California, San Diego, where he was awarded the “Excellence in Resident Education” award.

One of the newest members of the core faculty, Dr. Schmerber is involved in continuity clinic precepting, inpatient attending, didactic lecturing and coordination, program development and mentoring. His medical interests include resident education, behavioral health and LGBTQ medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, flag football, lifting weights and traveling.


Cynthia Jauregui, PsyD

DSC_0415Dr. Cynthia Jauregui is the Faculty Psychologist of Behavioral Health Medicine for the Family Medicine Residency Training Program. She received her doctorate in psychology in 2012 and her license in marriage and family in 2008. Dr. Jauregui recently completed the STFM Behavioral Science Family Systems Educator Fellowship and runs the Resident Wellness Program and Behavioral Health Clinic for the residency program. Dr. Jauregui has been with Family Health Centers of San Diego since 2004.

She has received specialized training in trauma informed care with a special interest in how trauma manifests physically. Her internships focused on serving both survivors and perpetrators of various types of trauma. Dr. Jauregui’s previous research explored the correlation between trauma history chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. She is fluent in Spanish, and has a passion for mindfulness and wellness.


Ava Chase, DNP, FNP

Dr. ChaseDr. Chase has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1999 and is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She received her master’s degree in nursing from Graceland University and earned a doctorate in nursing practice from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She owned her own private family practice in Iowa for more than a decade before relocating to San Diego and joining Family Health Centers of San Diego in 2013.

Dr. Chase has taught in a graduate level nurse practitioner program for over 13 years and teaches procedures workshops throughout the United States. In addition, she serves as an expert witness for medical malpractice cases and has spoken at several national conventions, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She has received several nursing awards, including an award from the California Nurse Practitioners Association.  She also served as a board member for both the Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society and the North San Diego Chapter of the California Nurse Practitioner Society. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Chase’s medical interests include Latino health care and primary care procedures.


For inquiries about the Family Medicine Residency Training Program at Family Health Centers of San Diego, please contact Sarah Davis, Family Medicine Residency Training Program Coordinator, at (619) 515-2381 or sarahdavis@fhcsd.org.

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