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Family Medicine Palm Springs

Meet the Family Medicine-Palm Springs Core Faculty

Gemma Kim, M.D.

Program Director, Family Medicine
Dr. Gemma Kim

Dr. Gemma Kim joined the UCR faculty in March 2013 after moving from Belton, Texas where she practiced in academic medicine for nearly 10 years. She completed her residency at Texas A&M School of Medicine - Scott & White Family Medicine Residency and was chief resident of her class. She stayed on as senior staff and was an associate program director for the Scott & White Family Medicine Residency from 2007- 2012. Her professional interests include academic medicine, health maintenance, preventative medicine, women's health, chronic disease management, and outpatient procedures.

Kim is dedicated to developing and expanding primary care in the Coachella Valley. Her focus is to assess and serve the needs of the community by promoting prevention, health, and wellness.

Tae Kim, M.D.

Medical Director, UCR Health
Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Tae Kim

Dr. Tae Kim is the regional medical director for the UCR Health Medical Group and is an associate program director for the UC Riverside School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency Program in Palm Springs. He joined UCR in March 2013 after moving from Belton, Texas. Kim is a family medicine physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating all age groups with a special interest in women's health, preventative medicine, minor surgeries, chronic medical management, and academic medicine. He was training at Texas A&M School of Medicine, Scott & White Hospital, where he was selected as chief resident. After completing his residency, he stayed on as senior staff and assistant professor and continued to teach medical students and resident physicians. In March 2013, he joined the UCR School of Medicine to continue to educate future physicians and to strengthen primary care in the Coachella Valley.

Nina Ruedas

Behavioral Scientist

Nina Grace Ruedas is a behavioral science educator at the UCR Family Medicine Residency in Palm Springs. She received her M.S. in counseling with an added certification in marriage and family therapy from San Diego State University. Ruedas has been practicing psychotherapy in the Coachella Valley for five years. She is also an adjunct faculty member at a local marriage and family therapy program, where she teaches courses related to relationships and diversity.

Ruedas is a core faculty member who helps teach and develop the behavioral science curriculum for the residency program. She also provides assessments of residents’ interaction and problem solving skills and presents education plans to optimize their effectiveness.

Patrick Sweet, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Patrick Sweet

Patrick Sweet, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. He is also the associate program director for the UCR Family Medicine Residency in Palm Springs.

After graduating from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville with his B.A. in biology, he earned his M.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia. He then joined the United States Navy, completing his surgery internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego before becoming a general medical officer for the fleet. He was then stationed aboard the USS Makin Island where he deployed and oversaw all clinical departments and attended to the ship's 1,100 crew members. He is currently a lieutenant-commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has been the medical officer for a reserve SEAL team since 2010. In 2016, Sweet was appointed medical manager of the Federal Emergency Management Agency California Task Force Eight, where he trains quarterly for urban search and rescue in the event of a national disaster.

In addition to completing a residency in family medicine at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, he also had residency training in emergency medicine and pathology at the same institution. While in training in family medicine he completed the advanced procedures area of concentration (AOC) where he learned to perform colonoscopies and esophagogastroduodenoscopies for the screening and prevention of gastrointestinal cancer. In his final year there, he was AOC procedure chief resident. While at UCSD he served on the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the Medical Center Cancer Committee, the Quality Assurance Committee and the Informatics Committee.

Luanne Carlson, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
Dr. Luanne Carlson

Dr. Luanne M. Carlson, D.O. is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and practices at UCR Health Family Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif. She is also an adjunct clinical professor of family medicine at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, Calif.

Prior to joining UCR, Carlson cared for patients in the hospital, primary care, and urgent care settings in Northern California.

Carlson attended Cal State Fullerton as an undergraduate, then earned her D.O. from Touro University – California. She conducted her internship and residency in family medicine at Mercy/Methodist Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., serving as chief resident and recipient of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Resident Teacher Award.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the California Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Medical Association.

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Graduate Medical Education
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Tel: (951) 827-7669

E-mail: medschool@ucr.edu

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