Marianne McKennett, MD – Program Director
Dr. Mckennett has had the privilege of being the residency’s program director since its inception in 1998. A southern California native, she attended medical school at UC-Irvine and finished residency at UCSD. During her residency, Dr. Mckennett worked at the San Ysidro Health Center and eventually witnessed itsincorporation into what would become the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. As a former Chief Resident of the UCSD program and a current Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UCSD, Dr. Mckennett facilitates a strong educational liaison with the UCSD FP Residency program. She has maintained an active clinical practice in the south bay for over 20 years, including emphasis on obstetrics, prenatal care, and gynecologic procedures. She was named in San Diego Magazine’s “Top Doctor” list, and she is a 2004 recipient of the esteemed CAFP Teacher of the Year award. Her passion and commitment to the south bay’s underserved latino population is a foundation upon which the residency stands.
Mary Moya, MD – Assistant Program Director
Dr. Moya joined the team of core faculty at the Scripps Family Medicine Residency in 2007. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in Latin American Studies, Dr. Moya spent 3 years riding a motorcycle and working for a child survival program in the Dominican Republic. She then completed medical school at UCSD and went on to complete her residency and OB fellowship in Santa Rosa, CA. Throughout her career, her love for Latin America and underserved medicine has motivated her to travel and volunteer in rural clinics located in Honduras, Ecuador, and Mexico. Dr. Moya is always ready to exert her contagious energy in teaching residents and students.
Michael Rosenblatt, DO, MPH – Assistant Program Director
Dr. Rosenblatt joined us at the Scripps Family Medicine Residency in 2005. He finished medical school at Western University of Health Sciences and residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Arizona. Before coming to Scripps, Dr. Rosenblatt served as Family Medicine Faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He currently loves working with residents on the inpatient service, and has a special interest in end-of-life/hospice care, men’s health, and spirituality in medicine. Beware, he will insist that you simply call him, “Michael.”
Shaila Serpas, MD – Assistant Program Director
Dr. Serpas is a graduate of SUNY StonyBrook School of Medicine and completed a Family Medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA. As director of 3 school-based health centers, she has expanded the adolescent curriculum for residents to a 3-year longitudinal experience with adolescent health. She is also a Board member of the state organization, California School Health Centers Association, and works on state policy and legislation that supports school-based clinics throughout the state. Dr Serpas is involved with several community based initiatives to reduce the rates of childhood obesity. These include HEAC (Healthy Eating Active Communities), the County Obesity Action Plan and the School District Wellness Programs. As the director of the resident community medicine curriculum, she assists residents in the implementation of their scholarly projects. She has been devoted to the South Bay community clinics since 1994 and provides full spectrum family medicine care including obstetrics and inpatient adult medicine. A very health-conscious individual, Dr. Serpas is notorious for her personal anti-french fry campaign and is always quick to provide a fresh organic fruit for your breakfast.
Randy Swartz, MD – Assistant Program Director
Dr. Swartz graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a degree in Psychobiology. He completed medical school at the University of Texas-Houston and residency at Harbor-UCLA medical center in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry. He has had a special interest in Geriatric Psychiatry and is the director of the resident curriculum in behavioral medicine and geriatrics. Throughout his career, he has also had significant experiences with the Indian Health Service in Alaska and New Mexico, as well as the Valle de Paz Clinic in Belize. Well-read and well-published, Dr. Swartz is a key component of the program’s academic strength.
Raul Trejo, MD – Clinical Faculty
Dr. Trejo completed medical school at Harvard and was one of our own 2003 graduates of the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. He went on to complete a fellowship in Underserved Medicine at UCSD and is currently working as one of our part-time clinical faculty. Dr. Trejo has worked with the residency to develop the Palomar High School Clinic in Chula Vista, as well as directing the Medical Spanish series for the residents. With strong personal ties to Tijuana and the South Bay, Dr. Trejo’s commitment to border health issues has been admirable. He continues to be a source of encouragement to our residents as a dedicated teacher and friend.
Chris Searles, MD- UCSD Family Medicine/Psychiatry Combined Program Director
Dr. Searles is a native of the Chula Vista area, and graduated high school from Chula Vista High. Dual boarded in Family Medicine and Psychiatry after completing the UCSD combined program, he now serves as the director of the program, and leads the St. Vincent de Paul medical clinic, serving the homeless. Dr. Searles precepts in our resident clinic every Thursday afternoon, when we can schedule our patients that have psychiatric issues. Interns also spend most of their behavioral medicine blocks working with Dr. Searles in the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic and various mobile clinics.
Martin Kabongo, MD- UCSD Family Medicine Faculty
“Kabongo from the Congo” precepts in the resident clinic every Friday. His sense of humor and mastery of several languages always has the staff upbeat and laughing. He is integral to our dermatology curriculum, and supervises most of our resident procedure clinics.
Kendra Brandstein, M.S.W., M.P.H.
Kendra has been involved in community research and activism for over 15 years. She serves as the director of community benefits for Scripps Mercy Chula Vista, and is one of our primary mentors in regards to research and outreach. Often involving some of her M.P.H. students, she leads our Balint discussions, and helps guide and supervise our IRB and other research activities. Her knowledge of the Chula Vista area’s resources and disparities is invaluable to our community involvement. Her research focus is on the use of community-based, participatory interventions to improve health status and access to health care.
Specialists – Associate Faculty
Dr. Vitali Aizin – Cardiology
Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye – OB/Gyn
Dr. Erick Alayo – Gastroenterology
Dr. Luis Sanchez – Pulmonology/Critical Care
Dr. James Longobardi – Podiatry
Dr. Michael Lenihan – Orthopedics
Dr. Mayra Dillon – Family Medicine