2021 Board of Directors

Leigh Slater, MD - President
Leigh Slater, MD - President

Dr. Slater is a Surgical Critical Care Physician at Santa Rosa Memorial Medical Center in Santa Rosa, CA. She is also an instructor for FCCS and ATLS.

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Janice Manjuck, MD - Immediate Past President
Janice Manjuck, MD - Immediate Past President

Dr. Manjuck has been involved with the Norcal SCCM chapter since its formation – as treasurer and now as President. SCCM member since 1998. Board certified in Critical Care and Neurocritical care. National Course Consultant for SCCM’s Fundamentals of Critical Care Support Course (FCCS). Participant/education coordinator for medical missions to the Philippines with the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California. Lead intensivist for Sutter East Bay and has worked in tele ICUs since 2003.

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Thomas Nuckton, MD - Treasurer
Thomas Nuckton, MD - Treasurer

Dr. Tom Nuckton is a critical care physician with Sutter Health and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. In addition to caring for critically ill patients, he has research experience in a wide range of topics, including acute respiratory failure, multisystem organ failure, and drowning prevention. He welcomes the opportunity to serve on the board of the Northern California SCCM.

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Kristine L. Keller, PharmD, BCCCP - Secretary
Kristine L. Keller, PharmD, BCCCP - Secretary

Dr. Keller is an ICU and ED pharmacist at John Muir Medical Center and holds adjunct professor positions at Touro University and UCSF. For the past 4 years, she has informed on California medical legislation as part of the Governmental Advisory Advocacy Committee. Additionally, she is working on international efforts as a consultant developing an Emergency Medicine Residency for pharmacists at Makerere College in Uganda. In her freetime, she started sustainable company: Fenala Candles.

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Nikolai Dahl, PharmD - Director, Education
Nikolai Dahl, PharmD - Director, Education

Nikolai Dahl is a clinical pharmacist based out of John Muir Health since 2012 working critical care, ED and formulary management. Nikolai was able to participate as a founding member of the Northern California SCCM chapter, being the secretary and treasurer for the chapter. He has organized the Spring Symposium since the chapter was founded – having the various critical care learning practitioners present their research projects to the chapter members.

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Garima Gupta, DO, MPH - Co-Director, Electronic Communication
Garima Gupta, DO, MPH - Co-Director, Electronic Communication

Dr. Garima Gupta is an Intensivist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Ca, and an Assistant Professor at Touro University California. She grew up in Fremont and is a Bay Area native. She did her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and her Masters in Public Health at University of Southern California. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles and her fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Cen

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Jennifer A. Walker, MD, FACEP - Co-Director, Electronic Communication
Jennifer A. Walker, MD, FACEP - Co-Director, Electronic Communication

Dr. Jennifer Walker is a critical care and emergency medicine physician with St Joseph Health Medical Group in Sonoma County. She is also an adjunct professor at Touro University and a clinical instructor for the Dominican University PA program. Dr. Walker’s interests include education, ICU liberation, PICS prevention, and sepsis care. She spends free time volunteering at a community free clinic, coaching a local high school mountain bike team, and finding outdoor adventures.

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Ramy Khem, PharmD - Co-Director, Membership
Ramy Khem, PharmD - Co-Director, Membership

Dr. Khem is the Pharmacy Residency Program Director and Student Site Coordinator at John Muir Health. She has been a Critical Care pharmacist since 2006, board certified in Pharmacotherapy and Critical Care, licensed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist, served on the Critical Care Standard Setting panels for ACCP, article peer reviewer for NCCCP, and involved in multiple committees in the organization. Her experiences have led her to become a mentor to future generation of pharmacists.

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Laura Maples, MSN, RN, CCRN-K - Co-Director, Membership
Laura Maples, MSN, RN, CCRN-K - Co-Director, Membership

Laura Maples MSN, RN, CCRN-K, the SCCM Northern California Chapter Membership Coordinator, has worked over 30 years in critical care and quality oversight and over a decade in Tele-critical Care. She passionately volunteers on SCCM’s ICU Liberation Committee and its Communications Sub-committee. Inspired by evidence-based practice and research, she works with Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Regional Quality and Data Analytics Department in Oakland CA.

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Juliana Barr, MD
Juliana Barr, MD

Dr. Barr is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford and a Staff Anesthesiologist/Intensivist at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. She was the lead author of the SCCM’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Adults Patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Barr has over 25 years of experience in critical care leadership, innovation, quality improvement, education, and outcomes research. She is passionate about improving the lives of critically ill patients.

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Rachelle Firestone, PharmD, BCCCP
Rachelle Firestone, PharmD, BCCCP

Rachelle Firestone is a board-certified clinical pharmacist at the UCDavis Health in Sacramento, CA, and is the lead pharmacist for the medical intensive care unit. She serves as coordinator for the critical care pharmacy residency program and is an assistant clinical professor of pharmacy at UCSF. She is also a past chair of the UC Health Critical Care Collaborative. Dr. Firestone's research interests include glycemic control in critically ill patients, DKA management, and ICU delirium.

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Azadeh Fayazi, MD
Azadeh Fayazi, MD

Dr. Azadeh Fayazi is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatric Critical Care with Stanford University. She works in the pediatric intensive care units (PICU) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) and John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek. She is also Director of Pediatric Simulation at John Muir Hospital and is involved with pediatric simulation education at both John Muir Hospital and LPCH.

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Kimberley Ann Marquis, MD
Kimberley Ann Marquis, MD

Dr. Kimberley A. Marquis is a pulmonologist in San Francisco, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center-Oakland and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center-Berkeley. She received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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Jessica Moore, PharmD, BCCCP
Jessica Moore, PharmD, BCCCP

Jessica Moore, PharmD, BCCCP is a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, CA. She is a member of the critical care team covering Medical, Neuro and Trauma ICU’s and was among the pharmacists who developed the clinical unit-based program at John Muir.

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Kathleen Romanowski, MD, FACS
Kathleen Romanowski, MD, FACS

Dr. Kathleen Romanowski, MD, FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the UC Davis and Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California in the Division of Burn Surgery. She attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her general surgery residency at University of Chicago Medical Center. She did fellowships in Burn Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at UC Davis and Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.

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