Associate Program Director:
Jeffrey Wolfrey, MD
Steven R. Brown, MD, program director, graduated from Albany Medical College, and completed his residency at University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital. Before joining the faculty at Banner Good Samaritan, Dr. Brown worked as a full-spectrum family physician for four years at the rural Whiteriver Indian Health Service in the mountains of Northern Arizona. He was recognized as the 2010 “Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year” by the medical students of the University of Arizona-Phoenix, where he is also the Family Medicine Interest Group advisor.
Dr. Brown is 2013-2014 Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Health of the Public and Science. Putting his interest in evidence-based decision making to good use, he is an Associate Editor for Essential Evidence Plus.
Dr. Brown's interests also include caring for the rural and urban underserved, obstetrics, and scholarly activity in residency. Married with a son and daughter, Dr. Brown enjoys spending time with his family, taking pictures, and running.
Jeffrey Wolfrey, MD, associate program director, and chair of the Family Medicine Department, received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed his Family Medicine residency at Banner Good Samaritan. During his training, he was privileged to work with Lewis Barnett, MD, and Robert Price, MD, two of the pioneers in the Family Medicine movement. He practiced five years in central Virginia and taught at the University of Virginia Family Medicine residency before returning to Phoenix in 1991 as a full time faculty member at Good Sam.
Dr. Wolfrey is a clinical professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is a past President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians. He was named the 2013 Arizona Family Physician of the Year by the Academy. He actively promotes Patient Centered Medical Home practice innovations. His scholarly interests include generational issues in education.
Dr. Wolfrey’s wife Debra coordinates educational ministries for churches throughout Arizona. His daughter Andrea is a Family Medicine physician in Phoenix. He is a jazz drummer and enjoys outdoor sports, especially golf. He loves to spend time chasing his German short-haired pointers across the beautiful high desert of Northern Arizona.
Charlotte Gurule, MD, medical director for the Family Medicine Residency program, received a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry at Adams State University in southern Colorado, then the MD at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She then completed her residency at Banner Good Samaritan followed by a faculty development fellowship at the University of Arizona. Her professional interests include obstetrics, women's health and caring for underserved populations. She keeps herself very busy with a husband, two daughters, two cats and two dogs.
Kam Hunter, MD, PhD, clinician educator. Dr. Hunter grew up in the rural Michigan town of Ionia and attended Michigan State University, receiving B.S. degrees in Zoology/Physiology and Psychology. He then completed an MD/Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan and residency at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
Dr. Hunter chose Family Medicine as a specialty for two reasons: He enjoys all aspects of medicine – both inpatient and outpatient – and wanted a career and setting where he could take care of an ICU patient in the morning, deliver a baby in the afternoon, and cover a high school football game at night. He also wanted a specialty that would allow him to indulge all of his varied clinical interest: sports medicine, alcoholism and addiction, chronic pain, evidence-based medicine, and medical informatics. He is the main faculty member for primary care Sports Medicine in the residency. Dr. Hunter has served as a faculty physician at the Phoenix Baptist Family Medicine Residency and the MedPro Fellowship for Advanced Hospitalist Training and he has won teaching awards at every level of his training. He and his wife have two children. Dr. Hunter enjoys sports (primarily basketball and golf), movies, literature, and travel.
Jason Leubner, MD, clinician educator, grew up in northern New Jersey, before moving to Cave Creek, AZ with his family. He attended Arizona State University for his undergraduate education and complete medical school at the University of Arizona. After completing his family medicine residency at Banner Good Samaritan, he pursued a geriatric fellowship at Banner Boswell. He then returned to the Good Samaritan family as faculty at the Family Medicine residency, where he also oversees the resident’s nursing home education. In addition to geriatric medicine, his clinical interests include end-of-life care and medical informatics. In his free time, he enjoys time with his family and dogs, movies, sports, and travel.
Sandra Miller, MD, assistant director, is board-certified in Family Medicine and fellowship-trained in faculty development. She is a clinical assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona. Originally from Illinois, she ran a busy practice for 10 years before joining the faculty.
Other special interests include influenza and coccidioidomycosis ("valley fever;" see her section in The 5-Minute Clinical Consult), and she is devoted to recruiting the best intern classes in the state. She has run seminars on resident evaluation and teaching at a national level, at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, on multiple occasions. Recent presentations include “Responsible opiate prescribing” and “Professionalism.” Married, with a daughter, she spends the rest of her time riding dressage, mountain biking, reading, and pretending to write a novel. She has a background in anthropology, and her latest hobby is volcanology.
Susanne Wild, MD, is a clinician educator. Dr. Wild graduated from the University of Arizona School of Medicine before coming to train at Banner Good Samaritan Family Medicine Residency. After graduation, she remained for a fourth year as junior faculty while completing the Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Arizona. Dr. Wild functioned as a Locum Tenens physician in the community as well as in Hawaii before returning as a full-time faculty member. Her professional interests include Women’s Health as well as Pediatric Care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, painting, and exploring all of the wonderful things that Arizona has to offer.
Kristine Goto, PhD, is a licensed psychologist specializing in behavioral health. Dr. Goto earned her doctorate at Arizona State University, with an emphasis on integrated medical psychology. She completed a post-doctoral residency in pediatric neuropsychology. Prior to joining the faculty of Family Medicine, Dr. Goto operated a private practice in Glendale, Ariz. She is a clinical assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona, and an associate faculty member of the Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CRESMET) at Arizona State University, where she developed online therapeutic applications for the Virtual Counseling Center. Other publications include lead authorship on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the present Encyclopedia of Counseling.
Dr. Goto serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Psychological Association’s Training Consortium, and was recently named Arizona Psychological Foundation’s Post-doctoral “Psychologist of the Year.”
In addition, Dr. Goto received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia; she is classically trained in the arts. Kristine’s lifetime obsession is foreign travel and exploring all things cultural. Her favorite activities involve the company of her husband, her son, and an extended close-knit family who are native to Phoenix.
Nona Siegel, MSN, FNP-C, the obstetrics coordinator for our program, is a certified family nurse practitioner with a background in public health nursing and women's health. Nona acts as a resource for residents and oversees prenatal care in the office. Her special interests include patient education, clinical quality, health care reform, and creating a nurturing learning and work environment. For fun, she plays with her family, reads, explores creative sewing and knitting, and ponders healing the world and the meaning of life in the universe.