Introducing Dr. David Gorchoff, HIV Specialist
Lakeport, CA –MCHC Health Centers (MCHC) is pleased to welcome David Gorchoff, MD, MPH, family medicine physician and certified HIV/AIDS specialist, who will be seeing patients with HIV and AIDS at Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport starting later this month.
Dr. Gorchoff is stepping in for Dr. Marshall Kubota, who recently left Lakeview to focus on his work with Partnership HealthPlan of California. Dr. Gorchoff joins HIV Program Director Anne McAfee, RN, BSN; Scott Claypool, FNP; Joan Kammerer, RN; and Medical Assistant Kayla Harpe as part of Lakeview’s HIV care team.
Dr. Gorchoff began his HIV experience being trained by Dr. Kubota at Russian River Health Center at the height of the AIDS epidemic. “I was trained by the best,” Dr. Gorchoff says about his time with Dr. Kubota. In addition to being an HIV and family medicine physician at Russian River, Dr. Gorchoff was the medical director there for most of the next 18 years.
Dr. Gorchoff has a long history of service in the North Bay. He was the first medical director of the Redwood Community Health Coalition, (the consortium of health centers in Napa, Yolo, Marin, and Sonoma Counties); and he was the first chief of the medical staff of Sutter Santa Rosa Medical Center.
Dr. Gorchoff has served as a consultant to federally-funded health centers and Ryan White Program (which funds HIV care) grantees since 1992. He is currently the medical director for the community health center on Kauai in Hawaii (where he also does HIV patient care); and interim medical director for Wallace Medical Concern in Portland, Oregon. He maintains contact with all his centers through phone, email, and text: this allows him to work in three states while still staying available to his patients.
“I enjoy working in rural, underserved areas. I like to go where I can be most useful, and variety keeps me interested and engaged,” Dr. Gorchoff says. When he’s not caring for patients or providing assistance to health centers, Dr. Gorchoff enjoys spending time with his family. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife. He has two grown daughters, and two young grandsons who also live in Santa Rosa.
Dr. Gorchoff and HIV Program Director Anne McAfee have known one another as colleagues in the HIV care community for more than twenty years and McAfee said, “We will be forever grateful to Dr. Kubota for all the years he has taken such wonderful care of our patients. And I feel truly fortunate that his practice will be followed by Dr. Gorchoff. We will not miss a beat in our excellent care and access to care for all of our HIV patients.”
MCHC Chief Operations Officer Jill Damian said MCHC Health Centers looks forward to continuing to meet the ever-expanding needs of the communities it serves. MCHC Health Centers includes Hillside Health Center in Ukiah, Little Lake Health Center in Willits and Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport. Learn more at www.mchcinc.org.