Adult Cystic Fibrosis Team

Adult Cystic Fibrosis Team

Meet the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic team:

Douglas Conrad, MD

Douglas Conrad, MD

Medical Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

Dr. Conrad has been caring for adult patients with cystic fibrosis since 1989, first as a pulmonary fellow and later as a co-director at UC San Francisco and now as director of the UC San Diego Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. He has a long term interest in the regulation of airway inflammation and particularly the role of the airway epithelium in modulating inflammatory responses. More recently, he has focused on the describing the viral and microbial communities in the CF airway and how ecological principles might lead to better control of the chronic airway infection and the subsequent inflammatory response. He is very active in the CF Foundation’s Therapeutic Development Network and has served on both the Protocol Review and Steering Committees.

Dr. Conrad graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1984. His training continued as an internal medicine intern and resident at the University of Minnesota Affiliated Hospitals. In 1988, he started his pulmonary training at UC San Francisco where he stayed on as an assistant professor until 1996. After a move to San Diego, he started the UC San Diego adult program, where he continues to direct its clinical, educational and research missions.

Kevin Shaw, MD

Kevin Shaw, MD

Associate Medical Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

Kevin joined the UC San Diego Cystic Fibrosis Clinic as a pulmonary and critical care fellow, working in the Wednesday night clinic and doing CFTR electrophysiology research in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Quinton. He officially joined the clinic as staff in July 2010, and splits his time between the clinic, providing critical care services in the Thornton ICU, and running an outpatient general pulmonary practice. He attended UC San Diego School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Utah, and returned to UC San Diego for his pulmonary and critical care training. He is a 4th-generation native San Diegan, and is married to a local pediatrician. Together, they have their own 5th-generation San Diegan.

Janet Carruthers, MS

Janet Carruthers, MS

Clinical Dietician

Janet Carruthers joined the UC San Diego Department of Clinical Nutrition in 2000, after completing her MS in nutrition from San Diego State University and her dietetic internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla, California. Her undergraduate degrees are in Latin American studies and criminology from Southern Oregon University, and in a previous life she worked in law enforcement in Medford and Eugene Oregon.

Ms. Carruthers began her nutrition career as a clinical dietitian based at the Ambulatory Care Center in Hillcrest, and spent six and a half years working with the Spanish-speaking prenatal population in community clinics throughout urban San Diego. She specialized in diabetes education, particularly diabetes during pregnancy. In 2007 she joined the UC San Diego Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program. She enjoys working with a close-knit and cutting edge CF team, and aspires to help people achieve their nutritional goals through healthy eating and lifestyles. In her free time she enjoys travel, hiking, cycling, and organic gardening.

Cathryn Denear

Cathryn Denear

Respiratory Therapist

Cathy has been with UC San Diego Health System for about 14 years, working in both Hillcrest and Thornton campuses. She started working for the Adult CF Program in January 2011, and splits her time between the clinic (2 days per week) and the hospital (2 nights per week). She focuses on improving patient education, teaching airway clearance techniques, and helping patients obtain the proper equipment.

 Tina Fisher, MSW, ACSW, LCSW



Tina Fisher, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

Tina joined the UCSD Adult CF Program in January 2013 after over 30 years in health and mental health related social work in San Diego. Her background includes work in the NICU, trauma, in-patient psychiatry, AIDS group and community organization, cancer treatment, and hospice/palliative care.   Tina enjoys the opportunity to help others live life fully as they manage life threatening diseases together with everyday challenges.  She continues to learn from her clients, and hopes to contribute to their quality of life by being a resource for emotional as well as pragmatic issues.  In her free time, Tina is a long time nature lover, student of other cultures, and champion of 2 sons.

Jessica Goggin, Nurse Manager

Jessica Goggin, BSN, MAS

Nurse Manager

Jessica Goggin received her BSN from San Diego State University and has been an RN since 1997. She began her career in pediatrics at UC San Diego, where she first cared for children with cystic fibrosis. Ms. Goggin developed a passion for palliative and end of life care through her role as a pediatric case manager for San Diego Hospice. She then returned to UC San Diego in 2005 as Nurse Manager of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program where, along with the Medical Director, she has led the program through significant growth and change, with a patient population increasing from 80 to 225. In 2010, Ms. Goggin had the honor of receiving the Nurseweek Clinical Excellence award for the state of California. In addition to her professional role, Ms. Goggin recently obtained her masters degree in the Health Law program at UCSD and Cal Western School of Law, with research focused on cystic fibrosis.

Twinkle Hillman, BSN

Twinkle Hillman, BSN

Cystic Fibrosis Nurse

Twinkle grew up in Hawaii but landed in San Diego during her high school years. She received her BSN at Loma Linda University in 2001, and started working at Sharp Memorial in 2001 in the Trauma/ICU. In 2002 she wanted to see more than just trauma, so she entered into general clinical research. She enjoyed the change, discoveries, prevention and new developments in the medical field. She has been at UC San Diego for almost 10 years. She worked for the GCRC (General Clinical Research Center) in Hillcrest for eight years, then moved on to the CF Program in July 2010. After being in research and seeing all the different types of rare diseases in this world, Twinkle was ready to specialize, and cystic fibrosis was something she'd always been interested in. She has learned a lot working with such a great and supportive team and is looking forward to learning a lot more from her colleagues and patients! When she's not at work, Twinkle is a very dedicated baseball fan to her 8 year son who is her pride and joy.

Doris Kwan

Doris Kwan

Research Coordinator

Doris joined the UC San Diego Cystic Fibrosis Program in March 2012 after moving from Boston, Massachusetts where she worked in asthma and allergy research for the past six years. She is originally from Houston, Texas and received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin.

In her spare time, Doris is enjoys cooking, knitting, and crafting.