The Wellness Letter Editorial Board

The Wellness Letter offers a positive and actionable approach to a long, healthful life. Our experts carefully examine the latest health and wellness information so readers can make quality lifestyle choices and self-care decisions.

Since its founding in 1984, the Wellness Letter has been guided by the “Berkeley Difference”—evidence-based health and wellness information that can help prevent disease and improve the health of the community.

Every article published by the Wellness Letter is extensively reviewed by our Editorial Board, comprised of School of Public Health faculty, Bay Area specialists, and faculty from the University of California, San Francisco. Our board members have scientific and academic expertise in nutrition and dietary supplements, sports medicine, mental health, and all major medical specialties covering a host of disease and wellness classifications.


John Edward Swartzberg, MD, FACP

Clinical Professor Emeritus, Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley


Marlon Maus, MD, DrPH, FACS

Adjunct Professor, Ophthalmology, School of Public Health, UCB


William Pereira, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Preventive and Occupational Medicine

James Allison, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Gastroenterology, UCSF
John Balmes, MD, Professor Emeritus, Environmental Health, UCB
Edward Blonz, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF
Ed Blumenstock, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Berkeley, California
Cindy Chang, MD, Clinical Professor, Sports Medicine, UCSF
Jana Cooke, MD, Pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine specialist, Seattle Region, WA
Mario Corona, MD, Nephrologist, Berkeley, California
Cathi Dennehy, PharmD, Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy
Warren Dotz, MD, Dermatology, Berkeley, California
John Edelen, MD, Cardiology, Oakland, California
Susan Eisenberg, MD, Cardiology and Electrophysiology, Napa County, California
Ronald Elson, MD, Psychiatry, UCB Health Services
Robert Eppley, MD, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, UCB
Ervin Epstein, MD, Dermatology, Oakland, California
Christopher Gardner, PhD, Professor, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Howard Gruber, MD, Pediatrics, Berkeley, California
Steven Jacobsohn, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Gastroenterology, UCSF
William Jagust, MD, Professor, Public Health and Neuroscience, UCB
Nicholas Jewell, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Biostatistics and Statistics, UCB
Risa Kagan, MD, FACOG, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Berkeley, California
Brian Kaye, MD, Rheumatology, Berkeley, California
Jennifer Kerns, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Professor, ObGyn & Reproductive Services, UCSF
Ronald Krauss, MD, FAHA, Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine, UCSF
Rita Kwan-Feinberg, MD, MPH, FACS, Surgeon, Co-Director of ABSMC Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center
Keng Lam, MD, Fellow, Neuro-Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH, Dean, School of Public Health, UCB
Guy Micco, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Internal Medicine and Gerontology, UCB
Norman Moscow, MD, Radiology, Berkeley, California
Amanda Zibners Naprawa, JD, MPH, Health Journalist and Patient Advocate, Moraga, California
Kent Olson, MD, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Medicine and Pharmacy, UCSF
Neil Panchal, MS, Exercise Physiologist
Robert Peri, DDS, Dentistry and Oral Health, Berkeley, California
Glen Petersen, MD, Critical Care Medicine and Lung Disease, Berkeley, California
Joel Piser, MD, Urology, Berkeley, California
Ramneek Rai, DDS, Director of Health & Safety, School of Dentistry, UCSF
Tami Rowen, MD, Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UCSF
Richard Scheffler, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Health Economics and Public Policy, UCB
James P. Seward, MD, MPP, MMM, Clinical Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, UCB/UCSF
Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, Dean Emeritus, School of Public Health, UCB
Patty Siri-Tarino, PhD, Program Director, Family Heart & Nutrition Center, Oakland, California
J. Joseph Speidel, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UCSF
Laura E. Stachel, MD, MPH, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Berkeley, California
Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, Professor, Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF
Ann Stevens, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor Emerita, Internal Medicine, UCB
S. Leonard Syme, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology, UCB
Jeff Wolf, MD,
Clinical Professor, Oncology, UCSF
Janet Yamada Soto, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, Physical Therapist, Berkeley, California

Wellness Letter Founders, in Memoriam
Rodney Friedman, 1947–2007
Joyce Lashof, MD, 1926–2022
Sheldon Margen, MD, 1919–2004