Leadership Team

This is an extraordinary time to be in medical education, training future leaders in medicine who can embrace new opportunities to improve the health and health care of our diverse communities. Our leadership team works together to prepare learners to take charge of their own professional development and to become lifelong learners.

John R. Balmes MD

John Balmes

John R. Balmes MD
Dr. John Balmes is the director of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. He leads the ongoing evolution of our curriculum while collaboratively managing the complex everyday process of ensuring a rich and innovative learning environment for our learners and educators. He currently teaches and mentors JMP students in the master's curriculum. He received his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1976. After internal medicine training at Mount Sinai and pulmonary subspecialty, occupational medicine, and research training at Yale, he joined the faculty of USC in 1982. He joined the faculty at UCSF in 1986 and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 2002. He is currently professor of environmental health sciences at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and professor of occupational and environmental medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. His major academic activities include his research laboratory, several collaborative epidemiological research projects, various advisory and editorial committees, and direction of the clinical occupational/environmental medicine division at SFGH.

Amy B. Garlin MD

Amy GarlinAmy B. Garlin MD
Head of Clinical Skills and Patient Care
Dr. Garlin is Head of the Clinical Skills and Patient Care Curriculum. Under her leadership, JMP faculty and clinical partners have pioneered innovative participatory and immersive formats for learning and practicing what doctors do. After completing medical school at UCSF, she trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of New Mexico. She then completed a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the Massachusetts General Hospital, with a year as HIV/AIDS Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, and in HIV/AIDS, Dr. Garlin is an active and dedicated clinician, providing primary and specialty care in the largest HIV practice in the East Bay.

Colette Coco Auerswald MD, MS

Coco Auerswald

Coco Auerswald MD, MS
Director of Research Training and Master's Program
Dr. Auerswald is the Director of the JMP Master's Program and research curriculum, a uniquely creative inter-disciplinary program at the crossroads of individual and public health. She holds academic positions at both the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of the University of California. A recipient of many teaching awards, she has been deeply involved in teaching both undergraduate medical students and residents for many years. Since joining the JMP in 2005, Dr. Auerswald has excelled in her teaching, mentoring, administrative, service, and research roles. Her research has consistently focused on the effects of poverty and of social/cultural context on the health of our society's most disadvantaged youth. She has conducted research regarding marginalized youth populations in San Francisco, including low-income youth of color (African American and Latino), HIV-positive youth, homeless youth, and, most recently, transgender youth. Her current collaborative projects include Kenya and San Francisco-based research at the intersection of social epidemiology, medical anthropology and adolescent health.

Hana Dan-Cohen PhD, MSc

Hana Dan-Cohen

Hana Dan-Cohen PhD, MSc
Head of Assessment
Hana Dan-Cohen leads the assessment processes at the JMP. Working collaboratively with our Office of Learning and Technology, she supports our students' academic and professional growth through continuous development of evaluation and assessment of student performance. Dr. Dan-Cohen joined the JMP faculty in 1992 as a biochemist and has transitioned to teaching in our new innovative case-based curriculum. She has chaired the assessment committee since 2007. In this role she oversees all aspects of the assessment process at the JMP. She received an MSc degree in Health and Medical Sciences from the Hebrew University. Dr. Dan-Cohen graduated and earned a doctoral degree in biochemistry at Tel Aviv University in Israel.