Meet Our Staff

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Larry Baker
Larry Baker
Executive Director
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Mr. Baker leads UC San Diego’s International Patient Program and is responsible for the department’s global strategic planning. He develops and maintains comprehensive systems, tactics, metrics, budget and resource requirements in order to manage and grow the Program. He has an extensive international sales background in technology, including experience in the Mexican market.

Rosa Olvera
Rosa Olvera
Hospitality Manager
Languages: English, Spanish

Ms. Olvera works with international patients and their families in order to make sure that their stays in San Diego are as comfortable as possible. Having a long and distinguished career at UC San Diego Health, she works directly with patients and referring physicians to develop treatment plans, obtain cost estimates, and coordinate medical care, and overcome any cultural or logistical issues which may arise.

Dr. Nada Suhail
Dr. Nada Suhail
Medical Manager
Languages: English, Arabic

Dr. Suhail provides numerous types of assistance to international patients, responding to information inquiries, obtaining medical treatment authorizations, assistance with travel arrangements, appointment scheduling, obtaining interpretation services, conflict resolution, among other services. Dr. Suhail also is the main point-of-contact with the Middle Eastern embassies and oversees the Arabic-speaking patient coordinators.

Thomas Kinney
Thomas Kinney
Marketing Manager
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian

Mr. Kinney is responsible for creating marketing materials, financial forecasting, patient volume reporting, as well as implementing outreach events to promote UC San Diego Health internationally. A graduate from UC San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and he has been involved in international business development for nearly two decades, primarily in the Asian and Latin American regions.

Noureddine Chehade
Noureddine Chehade
Middle East Business Development Manager
Languages: English, Arabic

Mr. Chehade is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for the Middle East region, including the identification of potential opportunities and partnerships. He leads many projects related to this in order to advance UC San Diego Health’s global strategy and enhance patient satisfaction.

Dolores Santana
Dolores Santana
Office Manager
Languages: English

Ms. Santana is charged with many of daily operations of the Program, including but not limited to: patient reporting, scheduling of meetings and events, expense tracking, liasoning with other departments and programs within UC San Diego, and many other responsibilities.

Yvonne Meza
Yvonne Meza
Patient Coordinator
Languages: English, Spanish

Ms. Meza assists patients and loved ones who come to UC San Diego Health for medical treatment, scheduling appointments, providing needed interpretation services, and assisting with cultural and other needs.

Rana Abdulkader
Rana Abdulkader
Patient Coordinator
Languages: English, Arabic

Ms. Abdulkader provides medical interpretation and assists patients in navigating the UC San Diego Health system, allowing them to concentrate on their health and eliminate unnecessary worries. Additionally she coordinates with the Middle East embassies that refer patients to San Diego for treatment.

Ahmed (Mark) Kanany
Ahmed (Mark) Kanany
Patient Coordinator
Languages: English, Arabic

Mr. Kanany interacts on a daily basis with international patients who have decided to come to San Diego for their health care needs. In addition to providing interpretation services, he also arranges appointments, works with embassies, and provides many other services to patients and their families.

Mohammed Hassan
Mohammed Hassan
Patient Coordinator
Languages: English, Arabic

Mr. Hassan is a trained healthcare interpreter with more than a decade’s experience in client services. As patient coordinator for UC San Diego Health, he is responsible for acting as a conduit between the patients and their families on one side and the doctors, nurses and hospital staff on the other, making sure that their medical, cultural and personal needs are met.



International Patient Services
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103-8222
619-471-0234
patientsintl@ucsd.edu