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Director, Social and Global Medicine Pathway

​Dr. Abare graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with a B.A. in African studies and received an M.P.H. focused in health policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and her M.D. from the University of Michigan in 2013. 

    She completed her Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Residency at the Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. During her medicine residency she worked to enact hiring policies to expand access to employment for individuals with criminal records and also contributed to campaign development for promotion of the Fair Chance Act, passed by the New York City Council in 2015. 

    Dr. Abare worked at Rikers Island Correctional Facility prior to joining the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program in 2016. At VMC she works in a number of non-traditional clinic settings including our medical mobile unit, shelters, migrant health worker labor camp and our re-entry resource center for recently incarcerated individuals. She also facilitates buprenorphine treatment for individuals with substance use disorder. Her interests include health policy advocacy, social movements and community organizing.




    Clinical Competency Committee Chair

    ​Dr. Botros graduated from UCLA in 2004 with a B.S. in Molecular Cell Biology and received her M.D. from UCSF in 2009. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at UC Davis and completed a Chief Medical Residency in 2013 prior to joining the hospitalist group at VMC. 

      ​She has served as the Clinical Competency Committee Chair for the Internal Medicine Residency since 2015. 

      Her interests include resident wellness and mentorship, quality improvement, and patient safety. Dr. Botros loves traveling and spending her free time enjoying the outdoors with her family. 




      Internal Medicine Clerkship Site Director – Stanford School of Medicine

      Dr. Stephanie Chan graduated with honors from Harvard-Radcliffe University with a BA in biology in 1990. She obtained her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 1994, after which she completed her internal medicine residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. 

        Following her year as a chief resident, she joined the faculty as one of the first six teaching hospitalists at this institution. Dr. Chan is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, and has served as the internal medicine clerkship director at VMC for over 20 years.

        Dr. Chan is passionate about teaching the appropriate use and application of evidence-based medicine. She underwent intensive training in the McMaster University Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop, with a special focus on teaching EBM to residents and medical students. She is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of, an online teaching resource for inpatient internal medicine with over 1,000 subscribers. 

        Outside of work, Dr. Chan enjoys reading, outdoor sports photography, photo editing and spending time with her family.




        Director, Hospitalist Medicine Pathway

        Dr. Desai grew up in southern California. She received her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2005 from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and obtained a minor in Ethnic Studies. She went on to receive her MD from New York Medical College in 2009. 

          Missing the California sunshine, she came back to California for residency in Internal Medicine at UC Davis in Sacramento. After completing residency, she joined the UC Davis Medical Center staff and worked as a Hospitalist. In 2015, she came to VMC, drawn by the residents, patients, and the bay area. 

          Dr. Desai has been the ILP Hospitalist director since June 2016. Her interests include discussing death and bereavement, focusing on the patient experience, maintaining resident wellness on the wards, and managing the transition from resident to hospitalist. Dr. Desai also serves as chair of the hospital’s Formulary and Management Subcommittee.

          In her free time, Amisha enjoys hiking through the surrounding hills, sampling the amazing food, wine, and cocktails in the bay area, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. 

          AMISHA DESAI, MD


          AHMAD KAMAL, MD, MSC

          Director, Research Pathway

          Dr. Kamal graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 1995 with a B.S. in Biology and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1999. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Gastroenterology at Stanford in 2006, during which time he also earned an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology. 

            In addition to serving as associate chief of the division of gastroenterology. Dr. Kamal is vice chair of internal medicine and director of the clinical research pathway, an innovative program that provides internal medicine residents mentoring and protected time for clinical research.  He is also an associate professor of medicine (affiliated) at Stanford, and is active in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. He has also received an outstanding mentor award from Stanford’s biodesign program. 

            Dr. Kamal has been named a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, and been recognized several times in the “Top Doctors” list. Most recently, he was one of 6 recipients of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Excellence in Healthcare Award. 

            Dr. Kamal has also been active in clinical and health services research, authoring 20 peer-reviewed publications, over 40 abstracts, and 7 book chapters. He is a peer reviewer for several journals in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology.

            In this free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

            Thomas Ormiston, MD


            Thomas Ormiston, MD

            Internal Medicine Clerkship Site Director – Geisel School of Medicine

            ​Dr. Thomas Ormiston graduated from UC Davis in 1992 with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. After obtaining his M.D. from University of California, San Francisco in 1997, Dr. Ormiston trained at the SCVMC Internal Medicine Residency and worked as Chief Resident at SCVMC in 2000. 

              In 2001, he joined the Internal Medicine Faculty as a Hospitalist at SCVMC.  From 2003-12, he was the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.  He established the Individualized Learning Pathway in Hospitalist Medicine and currently serves at the Internal Medicine Clerkship Site Director at SCVMC for medical students from the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine.  Other ongoing projects and interests include readmission risk assessment, physician-pharmacy partnerships, and transitions in care from hospital to home.

              Outside of the hospital, he enjoys hiking, running on the hill trails around the valley, traveling, and photography.

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