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Brian K. Sugimoto, MD
Faculty Physician


Research Areas and Interests:
      • ER
      • Critical Care
      • Obstetrics

Dr. Sugimoto completed his family practice residency at Mercy Merced in 1996, serving as the chief resident his third year. He graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in 1992 and joined the faculty upon completion of his residency. His interests include computers and obstetrics.


Jared A. Paskin, MD
Faculty Physician 












Research Areas and Interests
      • Adult Medicine
      • Geriatrics
      • Geriatric Psychiatry

Dr. Paskin graduated from Wake Forest University Medical School in 1980. He completed his residency in Family Medicine in Merced, California in 1985. He has been in private practice in Merced for 17 years before joining the Faculty in 2000. Dr. Paskin enjoys training young, energetic family doctors. He spends his free time with his family, including 3 grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, weight training, swimming, and the outdoors.

Jim McDiarmid, PhD
Faculty Psychologist










Research Areas and Interests:
      • Primary Prevention
      • Cultural Competency
      • Bioethics For 12 years

Dr. McDiarmid lived in Australia and New Zealand teaching in a boarding school and working on oilrigs, sheep stations and at Outward Bound. He joined the faculty in 1987 as the director of behavioral medicine. He has extensive experience in a variety of clinical settings, including schools, a prison, a community mental health clinic, a drug/alcohol rehabilitation program, a VA hospital and a pediatric department in a teaching hospital. His areas of interest include cross cultural medicine, bioethics, the doctor-patient relationship, and listening. Since UC Merced opened in 2006, Dr. McDiarmid has been a lecturer in clinical psychology. He also works with Healthy House, whose mission is to improve the health of such ethnic groups as Latinos, Hmong, Mien and Sikhs. Dr. McDiarmid enjoys all sports, especially the outdoor ones such as skiing and backpacking.

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