James E. Cruz, MDVice President and Chief Medical OfficerDr. James E. Cruz attended California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis where he majored in Biology and California History before being accepted to medical school at the University of California, San Diego in 1982.He
selected a residency in Family Medicine at White Memorial Medical Center
and served as the program's first Chief Resident.After receiving his Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Cruz completed a Community Medicine fellowship in 1990.He
was then recruited by the County of Fresno and Sequoia Health Foundation
, a migrant health center, to develop the nation's first medical residency program established at a federally qualified health center.From there, Dr. Cruz
established Family Medicine residency programs in Sacramento and in Pomona
.These programs were specifically designed to prepare young physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to practice in medically underserved communities.Dr. Cruz also worked as Health Net's Regional Medical Director for State Health Programs prior to joining AltaMed.He
was responsible for monitoring the care delivered by physicians and hospitals to over 400,000 Medi-Cal and Healthy Family recipients in Los Angeles County.