Charity Dean, MD, MPH, named president of Central Coast Medical Association

Dean, Charity CCMA BOD President 2016

The Central Coast Medical Association is pleased to announce Charity Dean, MD, MPH as president of the 2016 Board of Directors. Dr. Dean has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. She has also been active with CCMA’s state affiliate, California Medical Association, where she has worked on policies and legislation that affects physicians and public health.


Besides the Central Coast Medical Association, Dr. Dean is a member of the American Medical Association, California Tuberculosis Controllers’ Association, and California Conference of Local Health Officers. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Gerald E. Bruce Community Service Award from The Ford Family Foundation. Locally she has served on the board for Pacific Pride, and she has made multiple trips to Africa during her career to provide medical care.


Dr. Dean received her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health and Tropic Medicine from Tulane University. She works at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department as an attending physician and health officer. In her role as health officer, Dr. Dean oversees all aspects of communicable disease control and outbreak response, while serving as liaison with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.


Central Coast Medical Association’s 2016 Board of Directors

President: Charity Dean, MD, MPH

President-Elect: David Dodson, MD

Secretary: Jennifer Hone, MD

Treasurer: Joseph Schwartz, MD

Immediate Past President: John Sawyer, MD

Directors: Daniel Berger, MD; Jonathan Berkowitz, MD; Philip Delio, MD; Kevin Ferguson, MD; Doug Jacobson, MD; Bindu Kamal, MD; Doug Murphy, MD; and Juan Reynoso, MD


The mission of the Central Coast Medical Association is to protect and improve public health, advocate for the profession, participate in and support the California Medical Association, and foster collegiality. The 750-physician member organization, which promotes quality health care in the community and provides a countywide referral service for the public, includes physicians of all specialties throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. For more information, visit

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