Call: (760) 323-2118
8am to 5pm Monday - Friday

Call: (760) 323-2118
8am to 5pm Mon - Fri

Meet the Provider: Hector Paul Vizoso

Helping to keep our operations running smoothly in the health center is Hector Vizoso, D.A.P.’s Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator/Nurse Manager. Fluent in Spanish, he prides himself on being a creative problem solver and leader, adept at managing projects and people while providing support and promoting a cohesive team environment.

After receiving his BA degree in Medical Sociology from Hunter College in New York City, graduating cum laude with departmental honors, Mr. Vizoso headed west and became a Registered Nurse at Monterey Peninsula College. He later received his Master of Science in Nursing Administration at California State University.

Mr. Vizoso has also stood on the teaching side of the college podium – first as an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University, teaching a practicum in Nursing Fundamentals, and later at the University of Phoenix, teaching Evidence-Based Nursing Research & Practice. His clinical and academic experience has led him to contribute to a variety of research projects, as well as journal articles and abstracts.

After extensively participating in the study of medical marijuana, in 2015 Mr. Vizoso presented Vaporization as a Smokeless Cannabis Delivery System: A Pilot Study to the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine in Leiden, Netherlands. For five years, he was Research Nurse Clinician/Study Coordinator responsible for independently managing medicinal marijuana studies for HIV and cancer patients, funded by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, including on-site monitoring.

Mr. Vizoso is a member of a number of professional societies including the Association of Nurses, the Oncology Nursing Society, the Honor Society of Nursing, and the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses.

Meet the Provider: Matt Moran

Matt Moran is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APNP) with specialty, post-graduate education and training in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, and has completed a Fellowship in HIV medicine. He has also received the advanced education and training required to perform high-resolution anoscopies, which are used in the diagnosis and treatment of anal dysplasia. Mr. Moran has been involved in the design and implementation of clinical programs targeting anal dysplasia screening and research., to both assist with the triage and treatment of affected adults, and to provide consultation to other

Mr. Moran has been involved in the design and implementation of clinical programs targeting anal dysplasia screening and research, to both assist with the triage and treatment of affected adults, and to provide consultation to other healthcare providers.

Mr. Moran has provided leadership in developing clinical protocols necessary for anoscopy research, has provided insight into recruitment strategies for target populations, and has provided data safety monitoring to Principal Investigators and study statisticians.

From 2014-2016, Mr. Moran held a faculty position at the UCLA School of Nursing, where he provided instruction to Nurse Practitioners. He has been at Desert AID Project for 4+ years and we hope for many more.

Meet the Provider: Dr. David Hersh – L …

Dr. David Hersh, M.D., Chief Clinical Officer, joined Desert AIDS Project in early 2013 as a staff Psychiatrist and accepted the position of Chief Clinical Officer in January 2016 after serving as Director of Clinical Services for the prior two years.  He continues to manage a patient caseload in addition to his administrative duties.

As Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Hersh oversees the development, delivery, and integration of all medical, behavioral health, home health, social, and dental services.  He also supervises Informatics & Compliance to include medical records and information technology. His primary duties consist of the development, implementation, and monitoring of policies and procedures, quality improvement, meeting goals of fiscal efficiency through billing and budget management, and leading initiatives to enhance collaboration and communication with internal and external stakeholders.

Dr. Hersh has been practicing medicine for 27 years, becoming a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1992.  After graduation from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Dr. Hersh received his medical degree from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – Rutgers Medical School, followed by post-doctoral work in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Hersh has been a professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and at University of California – San Francisco. Prior to his work at Desert AIDS Project, Dr. Hersh served as Medical Director of Substance-Use Treatment Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

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