Councilor Biographies

Jason Keri, M.D., Councilor

Jason Keri, M.D. completed a combined B.S/M.D. degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2001 before matriculating to UC San Diego for Adult, Geriatric and research psychiatry training and fellowships, culminating in 2006.  Presently, Dr. Keri divides his time between clinical, administrative and teaching pursuits.  Clinically, as a double- boarded Adult and Geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Keri focuses on his clinical passion for geriatric psychiatry.  He won awards at Palomar Health in 2008-2009 as Doctor of the Year on measures of Press Ganey patient satisfaction and a separate award selected by hospital staff.  Administrative roles include those as medical director for several memory care and skilled nursing communities as well as Medical Director for Mental Health Systems, which operates San Diego County funded mental health clinics and programs throughout California.  As President of Senior Medical Associates, a multi-specialty healthcare company, Dr. Keri leads a mission to bridge gaps in healthcare through integration of mental health providers within the rest of medicine.   Dr. Keri is a regular community speaker and serves as Associate Clinical Professor, UC San Diego Health Sciences, non-salaried, primarily focused on topics relating to Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Keri experienced the amplified impact we can have to help our peers, patients and society through organized medicine in medical school with fellowship roles at the American Psychiatric Association and American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, While starting his post-residency career and raising three children, Dr. Keri briefly stepped away from organized medicine.  Dr. Keri is grateful to be appointed as a Councilor at SDPS and looks forward to the opportunity to enact solutions that broaden mental wellbeing in our community.

Lama Muhammad, M.D., Councilor

Lama Muhammad, M.D. completed medical school in 2004 at Tishreen University in Syria and her dermatology residency at Damascus University in 2008.  She immigrated to the US and finished another residency in psychiatry at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2018, where she also served as chief resident.  Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in Consultation-Liason Psychiatry at UNM that same year.

Dr. Muhammad is an Assistant Professor at UCSD.  She has won the Diana Quinn Medical Award for Service and Compassion, the Medical Students’ Teaching Award and received an Honors on her research graduation thesis.

She is also a member of the Academy of Consultation-Liason Psychiatry, Human Rights Watch and the International Association for Dance, Medicine and Science.

Dr. Muhammad is involved with SDPS to share hope and plan for a better medical system that is sensitive to cultural needs.

Stephanie Martinez, M.D., Early Career Representative

Stephanie Martinez, M.D., graduated from her psychiatric residency at UC San Diego. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and then continued her medical education at University of Nevada School of Medicine. There, she was the Vice President of her medical school class in Las Vegas, and she became a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. While in medical school, she also became involved with teaching and mentoring activities, which included working with more junior medical students. Stephanie would also engage with high school students in order to spark their interest in science and guide them to a path in medicine. Additionally, she often worked with the underserved community and has a wide array of special interests in psychiatry which includes community psychiatry and college mental health.

Tim A. Murphy, M.D., California Medical Association Representative

Tim A. Murphy, M.D. graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biophysics from UC Berkeley in 1976.  He completed his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School and finished his adult psychiatry residency in 1986 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in New Hampshire.

Dr. Murphy has a well-established private practice in Fallbrook.  He is a SDPS Past President (2000-01) in addition to serving as the Local Affairs Representative (1994-98) and Assembly Representative to the American Psychiatric Association (2004-2010).

In addition to his work with SDPS, he has also been active with the California Psychiatric Association.  He is a Past President (2014-16) and was the Chair of the Organized Psychiatry in California Committee (2009-14).  From 1993-96, he was the Chair for the San Diego County Mental Health Board.

Dr. Murphy is currently the California Medical Association Specialty Delegate Chair, as position he has held since 2015.  He is also a member of the Council on Science and Public Health.

He has received numerous awards including the San Diego Psychiatric Society Service Award in June 2009; designated one of the county’s “Top Doctors” by San Diego Magazine in 2004, 2014 and 2015; the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in June 1983 and Air Force Humanitarian Service Award in 1980.  In 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship by the America Psychiatric Association (APA).  In 2016, he received the APA Distinguished Life Fellowship.

He is active in organized medicine to serve our patients.  He believes physicians need to maintain and improve the healthcare system and protect it from many threats that could weaken it.  It also enriches our professional work, sense of identity and duty.