glasses of red wine being held and clicked Miller Medical Association will host it’s second annual Ella Mae Simmons Wine and Jazz Benefit on Saturday June 17th, from 1pm – 5pm.


The event will showcase vintners of color.  Guests will have the opportunity to pair food with the wines and enjoy the sounds of smooth jazz.


Tickets will go on sale soon!

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Dr. Langer is a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.  Having written 300 papers in peer reviewed journals and 70 book chapters on a variety of topics, Dr. Langer is considered an expert in Hirschsprung disease and pediatric surgery.

He travels internationally to both treat children and advance the field of pediatric surgery through teaching.  He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.  Dr. Langer has received many honors, including the Innovative Scientist of the Year award from the St. Louis Academy of Science and the James IV Travelling Fellowship.  He also was named one of the top 30 doctors in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine.

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two female resident physicians

While both my parents are originally from Nigeria, they made our home in Fresno, CA and forged their way to make strong successful professional marks in our community with a lot of hard work and tireless determination.  I attended the University of CA, Davis and have always had a strong interest in healthcare. Yet, I believe my mother, whose dedication to her nursing career at Saint Agnes Hospital in Fresno, has played the single most important role in my decision to work in medicine. She taught me at a very young age that we must always work hard and give back, in some way, for the opportunities we have all been given throughout our lifetime.

I am confident that my decision to give back as a podiatrist will offer me opportunities to not only directly help my patient population, but to also make substantial contributions to the healthcare arena including local underserved patient populations, clinical research and public health outreach to those in need both in the US and international underserved areas. I therefore remain active with important community service initiatives, international health and local health fairs for our Bay Area challenged communities, who need direct clinical outreach to their neighborhoods and homes. I also remain active in Bay Area clinical research programs in order to help the next generation of patients with new innovative treatment modalities.

As a 2nd year podiatric resident at the San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs (VASF) Health System and Medical Center, I also work directly with residents and medical students through University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and the UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. As the 2017 SMMA Resident Liaison, I look forward to establishing a strong communication network to extend the SMMA tenants to my current colleagues and to also extend the SMMA initiatives to inspire younger generations at Bay Area high schools, junior colleges and state colleges.

When not at work or studying, my personal time is devoted to maintaining an important balance in my life    with regular cardiovascular exercise and spending invaluable time with my family and close friends.

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Dr. Michael Charles, SMMA member and one of our past presidents will speak about his recently published book, Too Big to Hide, Too Dark to Blend In at our upcoming meeting in October.

To quote his webpage,,  the book  is a universal story of love, self-discovery, fighting inner demons – and most importantly, following your dreams.

Join us as we celebrate and empower our author, physician and SMMA member next month!

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