Program Administration

The M.D./Ph.D. program is administered by its Director, Co-Director, and Program Manager in consultation with the M.D./Ph.D. Steering Committee, consisting of a small group of dedicated senior faculty from the School of Medicine.  The primary directives of the M.D./Ph.D. Steering Committee are to develop M.D./Ph.D. policy and to help select candidates for admission.

In addition to directing program operations, the M.D./Ph.D. Director, Co-Director, and Steering Committee members act as advisors to M.D./Ph.D. students.  A M.D./Ph.D. advisor is assigned to assist each student in optimizing his or her degree program and oversee the student's progress.  This M.D./Ph.D. advisor is distinct from the research mentor under which the M.D./Ph.D. student will pursue his/her Ph.D.

Saul Schaefer, M.D., Director
Professor of Internal Medicine

Luis Fernando Santana, Ph.D., Co-Director
Professor and Chair
Arline Miller Rolkin Endowed Chair in Physiology & Membrane Biology

Holly Ly
Program Coordinator
Office of Student Development
4610 X Street, Suite 2101A
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-9494

Luis Fernando Santana, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Physiology & Membrane Biology

Professor of Medicine
Allergology,Immunology, Respiratory Pathology and Physicology
Kuang-Yu Jen, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology
Director of Renal Pathology
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Brian Jonas, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Hematology and Oncology

Nicholas J. Kenyon, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, T32 Program
Pulmonary and Critical Care

Endowed Professor of Research
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Bennet H. Penn, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

David Pleasure, M.D.
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Director of Research, Shriner’s Hospital for Children

Michael A. Rogawski, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Director, Center for Neurotherapeutics Discovery and Development

Saul Schaefer, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine

Mark E. Servis, M.D.
Vice Dean for Medical Education, School of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Jay V. Solnick, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine

Colleen Sweeney, Ph.D.
Professor & Vice Chair of Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine
Chair, Committee of Education Policy (CEP)