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Pamela J. Simms-Mackey, M.D., FAAP, Board Member, The California Wellness Foundation

In September 2015, Pamela J. Simms-Mackey, M.D., FAAP, was elected to serve on The California Wellness Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is the associate director of graduate medical education at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, as well as an attending physician in the hospital’s Primary Care Center. She also serves as an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.

Previously, Simms-Mackey was the director and a physician facilitator for the Multicultural Curriculum Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She has also worked on research projects at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Stanford Medical Center, and collaborated on a project with UCLA. She was a columnist for Family Digest Baby from 1999 to 2000.

She was honored as one the recipients of the 2013 Women of the Year Award from Nancy Skinner’s Assembly district office. Since 2010, she has annually been voted as one of the Bay Area’s best doctors and was the featured physician for the 2011 edition of Oakland Magazine. Simms-Mackey is also the recipient of the Stanley M. Higashino, MD Award for Clinical Excellence from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and the Charles R. Drew MD Award for Clinical Excellence from the UCLA Charles R. Drew Medical Education Program.

Simms-Mackey was appointed and currently serves on the American Board of Pediatrics’ Maintenance of Certification Examination Committee, Maintenance of Certification Committee and Future of Testing Committee. She also chairs the First 5 Alameda County Commission, which works with approximately 80 partners throughout the county to provide continuous prevention and early intervention to promote optimal health and development and narrow disparities for children from ages 0 to 5 and their families. In addition, she is a member of the Shoo the Flu Community Advisory Board and a member of three hospital committees: the Continuing Medical Education Committee, the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Residency Selection Committee.

Simms-Mackey received her bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and her doctorate in medicine from the UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program.

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