Before joining Health Leads, Damon worked most recently at the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency where he spent five years supporting all aspects of the agency’s vision for “healthy people, places, policies and systems.”
During his time there, he served as the interim director and medical director of Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless where he led the adoption and expansion of clinical models addressing the whole person, including medical, behavioral and social needs.
In that role and others, he worked to reduce health disparities affecting men of color, providing policy analysis and representing the public health department in cross-governmental initiatives and public-private partnerships related to housing, criminal justice, and clinical quality improvement.
Prior to joining Alameda County, Damon worked at the East Bay AIDS Center in Oakland where he spearheaded the development of the CRUSH project, a clinic developed specifically to increase access to sexual health services for young men of color who have sex with men.
Damon is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. His clinical experience since residency includes inpatient and outpatient practice in public, private and academic settings, and he continues to provide urgent care at a community clinic in Oakland. He has also served as the interim chair of the UCSF Health, Equity, Action and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative Steering Committee. Damon holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley and an MD from University of California, San Francisco. Following school, Damon did his residency and chief residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital.
Damon lives in the Bay Area with his wife and son. He is a life-long reader and enjoys playing basketball and soccer with his son (and as many neighborhood kids as they can convince to join them at the playground). Damon has always lived in California, but still enjoys discovering new places across the country.