Investigators

Meet Our Team

Dr. Smitha Reddy, M.D.

P R I N C I P A L    I N V E S T I G A T O R

Board Certified: Internal Medicine | Rheumatology

RESIDENCY:

Scripps Mercy Hospital | Residency Hospital | Completed 2004

FELLOWSHIP(S):

Scripps Clinic | Fellowship Hospital | Completed

MEDICAL DEGREE:

Sri Siddhartha Medical College | Medical School | Graduated 1998
Jersey City Medical Center | Internship Hospital | Completed 2002

“Dr. Smitha Reddy is the founding physician of Arthritis Care and Research Center, Inc. and serves the residents of San Diego and nearby communities. The doctor offers a wide variety of services to her patients. She uses cutting edge technology to provide the most accurate diagnosis possible. She offers effective treatment plans that are individualized to meet each patient’s needs. Her goal is to ensure that each patient receives the best care possible and is one hundred percent satisfied with the service provided to them.

Dr. Reddy received her Fellowship from Scripps Clinic-Torrey Pines after graduating from Scripps Mercy Hospital as a Board-certified Internist. During her fellowship, she performed research using Color Doppler Ultrasonography on Temporal Arthritis patients to determine inflammatory changes while on therapy. Dr. Reddy continues to use Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound testing to access joint inflammation in her practice and routinely performs Ultrasound guided injections. Dr. Reddy holds certification to perform Platelet Enriched Plasma (PRP) Injections to alleviate pain related to Osteoarthritis and soft tissue pain related to Tendinitis. Being certified in Anti-Inflammatory diet management, she emphasizes diet and lifestyle changes to her patients.

Dr. Reddy was awarded the Best Physician Award for the City of Poway in the year 2012. She also served as a Medical Honoree for Arthritis Foundation in the year 2013 and continues to be an active participant and fundraiser. Dr. Reddy is a speaker for various pharmaceutical companies and routinely conducts physician and patient education talks. Dr. Reddy continues to do research in her practice and perform specialized diagnostic laboratory testing for systemic inflammatory conditions like Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. In Nov 2016, she presented a Poster at The American College Of Rheumatology Conference in Washington D.C. about cutting edge diagnostic testing for Lupus. She conducts in-house laboratory testing which enables quick and efficient diagnosis of Lupus in a community clinic setting. This would lead to an early and accurate diagnosis of Lupus and autoimmune disorders. She enjoys research and will be actively involved in multiple research studies involving connective tissue disorders, which would benefit her patient population immensely to receive accurate management of their conditions.

Her outstanding training and board clinical knowledge coupled with her warm and caring personality will ensure that Dr. Reddy’s patients will always receive the absolute best state-of-the-art and comprehensive compassionate care. Dr. Smitha Reddy is a Board Certified Rheumatologist and is now accepting referrals for patients seeking Rheumatology care for all chronic Rheumatic conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis, Myositis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia.”

ALBERT J. SHARF, M.D.

P R I N C I P A L    I N V E S T I G A T O R

Cardiology

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

♦ Over 30 years of medical experience.
♦ American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, 1991
♦ American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 1989
♦ Investigator, ACRC Studies, San Diego, CA
♦ Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Intern/Resid, Internal Medicine, 1989
♦ Cooper Hospital University Medical Center, Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, 1992


Dr. Albert Sharf, MD is a cardiology specialist in National City, CA. He graduated from Umdnj–New Jersey Medical School in 1986 and specializes in cardiology.

KOFI D. SEFA-BOAKYE, M.D.

S U B – I N V E S T I G A T O R

Obstetrics & Gynecology

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

♦ Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology
♦ Founder, Lady’s Doctor OB/GYN Medical Clinic
♦ Investigator, ACRC Studies, San Diego, CA
♦ Research Assistant, Sickle Cell Research Program, Martin Luther King Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
♦ Department Co-Chair OB/GYN Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista, CA
♦ Department Co-Chair OB/GYN Coronado Hospital, CA


MIRWAIS SAIFI, M.D.

P R I N C I P A L    I N V E S T I G A T O R

Family Practice

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

♦ Over 15 years of medical experience.
♦ Board Certified in Family Medicine.
♦ Sub-Investigator, ACRC Studies, San Diego, CA
♦ Center for Family Health – Private Family Practice Physician
♦ Integrated Healthcare Alliance-IHA – Mobile Physician.
♦ Humana/Concentra Health Urgent Care – Urgent Care/Occupational Medicine Physician.
♦ Associate Clinical Professor – UCSD School of Medicine.


SAMUEL O.T ETCHIE, M.D.

P R I N C I P A L    I N V E S T I G A T O R

Psychiatry

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

♦ Investigator, ACRC Studies, San Diego, CA
♦ Principal Investigator, SDCCR, San Diego CA
♦ Psychiatrist, Samuel Etchie, MD, Inc, La Mesa, CA
♦ Sub-Investigator, Synergy Clinical Research Center, National City, CA
♦ Member, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Alvarado Parkway Institute/ Behavioral Health Systems, La Mesa, CA
♦ Chief of Staff, Elect, Promise Hospital, San Diego, CA
♦ Chairman, Peer Review Committee, Villa View Community


FATEMEH B. ESFAHANI MD/F.A.C.C.

I N V E S T I G A T O R

Cardiology

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

♦ Over 15 years of medical experience.
♦ American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
♦ American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
♦ Investigator, ACRC Studies, San Diego, CA
♦ Hospitalist /Emergency physician- Sharp Healthcare Memorial, San Diego, CA
♦ Research Fellow, Dept. of Cardiovascular imaging- Icahn Scholl of Medicine, New York
♦ Chief of Cardiology, Dept. of Cardiovascular Disease- Iranian Hospital, Dubai, UAE


PATRICK ASTOURIAN, PA-C

I N V E S T I G A T O R

Orthopedic

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

♦ Over 30 years of medical experience.
♦ Sub-Investigator, Investigator, ACRC Studies, Poway, CA
♦ Sub-Investigator, Investigator, BioSolutions Clinical Research Center, La Mesa, CA
♦ Physician Assistant, Grossmont Orthopedic Medical Group, La Mesa, CA
♦ Physician Assistant, William Eves M.D., Chula Vista, CA
♦ Physician Assistant, San Diego Arthritis Medical Clinic, San Diego, CA
♦ Physician Assistant, US NAVY, San Diego, CA
♦ Physician Assistant, De Anza Urgent Care/Family Practice, Calexico, CA


Patrick Astourian, PA-C – Physician Assistant with more than a decade of experience working in Orthopaedics. He wrote the book on Ultrasound Guided Injections for Musculoskeletal injuries in addition to co-authoring a study on stem cell therapy.

Anuj-Gupta ANUJ GUPTA M.D.

P R I N C I P A L    I N V E S T I G A T O R

Anesthesiology / Pain Medicine

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

♦ Investigator, ACRC Studies, San Diego, CA
♦ Solo Practitioner, Advanced Pain Management, Vista, CA
♦ Physician practicing pain medicine and anesthesia, Southland Pain Management, Lancaster, CA
♦ Locum Tenens Anesthesiologist, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Bakersfield, CA
♦ Partner and staff member of Verdugo Hills Anesthesia Medical Group, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale, CA
♦ Partner and staff member of Verdugo Hills Anesthesia Medical Group, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale, CA
♦ Staff Anesthesiologist, Pomona Valley Hospital, Pomona, CA


Jamison Feramisco, M.D., PhD

P R I N C I P A L    I N V E S T I G A T O R

Dermatology

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

♦ ACRC Studies – Investigator
♦ MD Strategies Research Centers – Investigator
♦ San Diego Center for Family Health – Dermatology and Skin Surgery Institute, Chief Medical Officer, San Diego, California
♦ Colusa Regional Medical Center and Colusa Indian Health Clinic – Rural Health Clinic and Federally Qualified Health Center – Dermatology and Wound Care – Founding Physician and Director.
♦ Advanced Healthcare Solutions, Dallas, Texas. Chief Medical Officer
♦ Third Eye Health Inc. Co-Founder/ Chief Medical Officer
♦ San Mateo Medical Center. San Mateo, California Attending Physician Dermatology and Wound Care
♦ Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital, Marin Medical Group, Marin, California – Attending Physician -Dermatology and Wound Care/ Hospitalist in Internal Medicine
♦ Knight MD Inc. Telemedicine – Founder and Chief Executive Officer
♦ DermLink Inc. Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Co-founder – Dermatology Provider
♦ Care Meridian Granite Bay (Sub-acute Care Facility) Medical Director and Wound Granite Bay, California. Care Director
♦ Country Villa Healthcare Center, San Rafael, California – Director, Dermatology and Wound Care Program


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