2020 Presenters

Yeager, Kimberley

“I am a graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In 1984, I matched and completed one year of general surgery, followed by residency training in general preventive medicine and public health, in a joint program at San Diego State University (SDSU) and UCSD. I have had an unusual but productive path in my medical career. And now, because of the many changes affecting the practice of public health and occupational medicine today, I am re-training in child and adolescent psychiatry.

After completing a year of general surgery, I married and practiced medicine in the urgent
care setting at Kaiser, San Diego. I had my first child and was accepted in the UCSD/SDSU
Preventive Medicine Program while also completing the San Diego Sports Medicine
Center’s Sports Medicine Fellowship. While there, I created the sports medicine track within the UCSD/SDSU General Preventive Medicine Residency Program. After completing a year as chief resident, I continued for another year as the program coordinator for the UCSD/SDSU Sports and Exercise Preventive Medicine Track. That same year, I served as a consultant for the San Diego Medicare Preventive Health Project. Then in 1989, I entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. After two years in Atlanta, Georgia I continued to serve in the US Public Health Service and returned to San Diego to create the Institute for Public Health at the SDSU, Graduate School of Public Health. Having completed this task in early 1994, I was recruited to Sacramento, California to found and lead the California Department of Health, Office of Women’s Health. In October of 1996, having tired of the San Diego to Sacramento weekly commute, I started the Yeager and Associates Medical Corporation and consulted in a variety of areas over the next eight years. In 2004, personal circumstances dictated that I returned to full time clinical practice in occupational medicine. Starting in 2008 I practiced occupational medicine, through Medical Doctors Associates, Inc. It was also during these years that I cared for my elderly mother until her death in 2012.

I have always understood that the practice of medicine is not confined to four walls. My involvement in community service began early in my medical career as a student volunteer with the University of California, San Diego: Field Surgical Program, Mexico Outreach. We made several trips to repair cleft palates on young children. Throughout my career, I have served on multiple committees and advisory panels in the areas of women’s health, sport and exercise science, patient education, health policy issues and leadership training.

Though I started out to become a general surgeon, I was soon intrigued by how medical systems worked, what could be done to improve medical care delivery and how people developed the diseases and conditions that landed them in the operating room or in my clinic. This interest in disease and injury prevention led me pursue Preventive Medicine/Public Health and Occupational Medicine. At times, my patient has been one person with an individual list of personal medical concerns and at other times, my patient has been an entire community of pre-school aged children who were in need of immunizations

Over the years I have diagnosed and treated physical conditions of all types, and yet I frequently felt handicapped by my limited expertise in psychiatry. Additionally, I have learned, first hand, the value of excellent psychiatric care. As a result of my personal experience, and due to several other professional considerations, I started my new medical career in July 2015 as a resident in General Psychiatry at the UNM, SOM. In July of 2017, I fast- tracked into the UNM Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship…and I love this discipline

Although I am proud of my professional accomplishments, my greatest pride is in my three adult children. They are all successful, professional adults who are very supportive of my new medical career