Members of the Medical Board and Executive Staff

Current membership is 15 - 8 physicians and 5 public members appointed by the Governor; 1 public member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly; and 1 public member appointed by the Senate Rules Committee.


Name Classification Appointing Authority Appointment Date Term Expiration
Denise Pines
Public Governor 08-29-12 06-01-20
Ronald H. Lewis, M.D.
Physician Governor 08-20-13 06-01-21
Howard R. Krauss, M.D.
Physician Governor 08-20-13 06-01-21
Dev GnanaDev, M.D. Physician Governor 12-21-11 06-01-22
Susan F. Friedman Public Governor 12-13-18 06-01-20
Randy W. Hawkins, M.D. Physician Governor 03-02-15 06-01-20
Kristina D. Lawson, J.D. Public Governor 10-28-15 06-01-22
Laurie Rose Lubiano, J.D. Public Governor 12-13-18 06-01-20
Asif Mahmood, M.D. Physician Governor 06-03-19 06-01-23
Richard E. Thorp, M.D. Physician Governor 07-26-19 06-01-23
David Warmoth Public Speaker of the Assembly 02-29-16 06-01-19
Eserick “TJ” Watkins Public Senate Rules Committee 06-01-19 06-01-23
Felix C. Yip, M.D. Physician Governor 01-30-13 06-01-22
VACANT Public Governor 06-01-22
VACANT Physician Governor 06-01-21
Governor appointees may continue to serve in a grace period for 60 days past their expiration date.
Senate and Assembly appointees may continue to serve in a grace period for one year past their expiration date.

Medical Board of California Officers

  • Denise Pines
    Denise Pines - President
    Denise Pines was appointed as a public member of the Medical Board of California by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2012. She has previously served as a Board officer in the positions of vice president and secretary.

    Ms. Pines is an award-winning marketer and serial entrepreneur who has participated in 10 startups, including multimedia companies and foundations. She has been a creative consultant with PBS and NPR for several talk shows, including the “Tavis Smiley” show with a 14-year run, and 10 documentaries.

    She has 20-plus years of management, sales, and marketing experience in personality brand management and traditional media. Ms. Pines is responsible for strategic planning and business development for denise+pines inc., a socially responsible brand strategy, media development, and event management firm. She has produced over 150 events nationwide, including the award-winning exhibition America I AM: The African American Imprint. Ms. Pines also designed the marketing strategy that put three books on The New York Times best sellers list in one year. As a fundraising expert, she’s raised over $100 million.

    Ms. Pines has degrees from San Francisco State University (BS) and John F. Kennedy University (MBA), and is attending Stanford University (MBA). Pines is board secretary for Martin Luther King Community Hospital Foundation in Watts, California.

    Classification: Public | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 08/29/12 | Term Expiration: 06/01/20

  • Ronald H.Lewis, M.D.
    Ronald H. Lewis, M.D. - Vice President
    Dr. Ronald H. Lewis, of Rancho Mirage, California, was appointed to the Medical Board in 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Dr. Lewis has been a physician and surgeon with the California Department of Corrections at Ironwood State Prison since 2008. He also has been an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego Department of Medicine since 2000. Prior to that, Dr. Lewis was an urgent care physician at Eisenhower Immediate Care from 2003 to 2008, and Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group from 2001 to 2004. Lewis was the director of medical affairs at Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 1997 to 2001 and at Sequus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 1995 to 1997. He was a clinical assistant professor at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1993 to 1999, and held multiple positions at Syntex Laboratories, Inc. from 1987 to 1995, including associate director of medical services, senior associate director of medical services, and senior associate director, clinical investigation. Dr. Lewis was an emergency department physician at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco from 1985 to 1995. Dr. Lewis earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

    Classification: Physician | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 08/20/13 | Term Expiration: 06/01/21

  • Howard R. Krauss, M.D.
    Howard R. Krauss, M.D. - Secretary
    Dr. Howard R. Krauss was appointed to the Medical Board in 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. He has been in the private practice of neurosurgical ophthalmology in Santa Monica since 1984. He is also Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of Ophthalmology for the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica. He is a Mentor Examiner, training Examiners for the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a founding member and past member of the board of the North American Skull Base Society and currently serves on the board of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation. Prior to entering medical school he was a Systems Engineer with the Hughes Aircraft Space & Communications Group in El Segundo. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union and Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT. He completed Residency at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute and Fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbital Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Dr. Krauss earned his medical degree from New York Medical College.

    Classification: Physician | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 08/20/13 | Term Expiration: 06/01/21

  • Dev GnanaDev, M.D.
    Dev GnanaDev, M.D.
    Dev GnanaDev, M.D., of Upland, California, was appointed to the Medical Board in 2011 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. He serves as chair of the Department of Surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, a position he has held since 1989. He is a clinical professor of surgery at Western University for Health Sciences and an associate professor of surgery at Loma Linda University. He served as president of the California Medical Association from 2008 to 2009. Dr. GnanaDev has received a multitude of honors and recognition for his outstanding work and commitment to those who utilize public health programs, including the Medical Board’s Physician Recognition Award in February 2005. He earned his medical degree from the Kurnool Medical College in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India.

    Classification: Physician | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 12/21/11 | Term Expiration: 06/01/22

  • Susan F. Friedman
    Susan F. Friedman
    Susan Friedman was appointed to the Medical Board of California as a public member by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in December 2018.

    Ms. Friedman is an Emmy-award winning network news producer who has reported both breaking news and features. For more than 25 years she worked for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show and Dateline covering earthquakes, floods, fires, cults, politics, the war in Bosnia, the catastrophe of Kosovo, the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, prison riots in Turkey, the death of Princess Diana, the 25th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam and several stories on returning Iraq War and Afghanistan veterans. In addition, Ms. Friedman always maintained an interest in medical stories and, as examples, investigated stem cells, lack of medical school education in reading mammograms, trauma care in some emergency rooms, and radically different prices for the ten most frequently prescribed prescriptions in hospitals.

    Ms. Friedman won a Knight Fellowship and took a 6-month leave of absence to train journalists in the newly emerging democracies of Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. Through the International Center for Journalism she continued working with journalists covering sex trafficking in the Balkans, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

    She is Vice-chair of the Los Angeles County Commission on Mental health, a founding board member of The Alliance for Children’s Rights, former President of the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families, and a past chair of the west coast White House Fellows regional commission.

    Classification: Public | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 12/13/18 | Term Expiration: 06/01/20

  • Randy W. Hawkins, M.D.
    Randy W. Hawkins, M.D.
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Dr. Randy W. Hawkins, of Los Angeles, California, to the Medical Board in 2015. He has been in private practice since 1985. His medical practice is composed of primary care, pulmonary and critical care medicine, and hospice care. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Hawkins represents the Medical Board on the Health Professions Education Foundation. He is a member of a Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee. He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Hahnemann Medical College in 1979 and completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of California at San Diego in 1985.

    Classification: Physician | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 03/02/15 | Term Expiration: 06/01/20

  • Kristina D. Lawson, J.D.
    Kristina D. Lawson, J.D.
    Kristina Daniel Lawson, of Walnut Creek, has served as a public member of the Medical Board of California since 2015. Lawson is a partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP in Walnut Creek and San Francisco, where she practices land use and environmental law. Lawson was a member of the Walnut Creek City Council from 2010 to 2014, and served as Walnut Creek's Mayor in 2014. Lawson earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Arizona.

    Classification: Public | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 10/28/15 | Term Expiration: 06/01/22

  • Laurie Rose Lubiano, J.D.
    Laurie Rose Lubiano, J.D.
    Laurie Rose Lubiano was appointed to the Medical Board in 2018 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Ms. Lubiano is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She has been IP & Product Counsel for the Climate Corporation since 2017, where she handles a variety of matters including intellectual property, commercial agreements, international expansion and privacy compliance. Ms. Lubiano earned a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular & Cell Biology from U.C. Berkeley and a law degree from The University of The Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

    Ms. Lubiano is a board member for the Mission Hiring Hall in San Francisco and a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. She is also the current President of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) and founding member of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association. Ms. Lubiano also served on the Planning Commission for the City of Daly City for over 4 years.

    Classification: Public | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 12/13/18 | Term Expiration: 06/01/20

  • Asif Mahmood, M.D.
    Asif Mahmood, M.D.
    Dr. Asif Mahmood comes from humble beginnings, growing up in the remote Pakistani village called Kharian. He received his medical degree from Sind Medical College, did his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center followed a Pulmonary fellowship at the University of Virginia and Harlem Hospital at Columbia University. Dr. Mahmood has been a practicing physician at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena since 2000 and has served in different capacities from medical executive committee member to chief of staff in different hospitals. He is also on the board of the East Los Angeles College Foundation and the United Nations International Children’s Fund, Western Region.

    Classification: Physician | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 06/03/19 | Term Expiration: 06/01/23

  • David Warmoth
    David Warmoth
    David Warmoth, of San Diego, California, was appointed to the Medical Board in 2016. A consistent campaigner for social and economic justice issues and HIV/AIDS policy, Mr. Warmoth attended Miami University and received his B.A. in Political Science – International Relations. A pioneer in the nascent personal computer industry, as Director of Marketing, he participated in bringing the first integrated suite of software solutions to market in the early 1980s. As a consultant to government agencies at the Federal, State and local levels, he was able to reimagine processes and organizations to both improve quality of service and lower the cost of those services to taxpayers. Mr. Warmoth was a leader in the Los Angeles chapter of The Names Project, the San Diego Men’s Chorus and recently stepped down as a member of the San Diego LGBT Center’s Community Leadership Council.

    Classification: Public | Appointing Authority: Speaker of the Assembly | Appointment Date: 02/29/16 | Term Expiration: 06/01/19

  • Eserick “TJ” Watkins
    Eserick “TJ” Watkins
    Eserick “TJ” Watkins was appointed as a public member of the Medical Board of California by The Senate Rules Committee in 2019. He previously served as a Board member on the Physical Therapy Board of California and held the vice president position.

    Mr. Watkins is the owner of The Next Level Coaching, a hybrid strength training and life coaching company. He also serves on the board of South Coast Foundation, a US-based private foundation that funds children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Mr. Watkins is a published author, speaker and coach; he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Graduate School of Business, Stellenbosch University.

    Classification: Public | Appointing Authority: Senate Rules Committee | Appointment Date: 6/01/19 | Term Expiration: 06/01/23

  • Felix C. Yip, M.D.
    Felix C. Yip, M.D.
    Dr. Felix C. Yip was appointed to the Medical Board in 2013 and re-appointed in 2018 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Dr. Yip is a board certified urologist in private practice and is currently the Chief of Staff at Garfield Medical Center.

    Presently he is serving as clinical professor of urology at the Keck School of Medicine - University of Southern California and has served as clinical assistant professor of surgery at UCLA School of Medicine and Western University of Health Sciences in prior years. Dr. Yip is a member of the Board of Counselors at UCLA School of Dentistry and a member of USC Keck Medicine Leadership Board.

    Dr. Yip earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, and his MBA in healthcare management from the University of California, Irvine.

    Classification: Physician | Appointing Authority: Governor | Appointment Date: 01/30/13 | Term Expiration: 06/01/22

Executive Staff

  • Kimberly Kirchmeyer, Executive Director
  • Christine Lally, Deputy Director
  • Kerrie Webb, Staff Counsel
  • Vacant, Chief of Licensing
  • Jenna Jones, Chief of Enforcement
  • Jennifer Simoes, Chief of Legislation
  • Carlos Villatoro, Public Affairs Manager

To contact a member of the Board or Executive Staff, please write or call:

Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2389 phone
(916) 263-2387 fax