Margaret E. McCahill, M.D.
Dr. Margaret McCahill was the Founding Director of the Combined Program--from its planning phase in 1995 to the welcoming of the first residents in 1997. She continued to direct the program until July 2007, when she was very pleased to pass the baton to Dr. Chris Searles, who served as co-director, along with Dr. David Folsom. Dr. McCahill retired from her role as Medical Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center in 2008, though she remains an active teaching faculty member in the program.
Dr. McCahill is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and she completed her Family Medicine residency in Cleveland, Ohio. After three years of full time practice of Family Medicine (including solo private practice and care to a large population of migrant workers and their families), Dr. McCahill continued a part time practice of Family Medicine while she completed her Psychiatry Residency at UCSD. She has practiced as a Family Physician and Psychiatrist in the U.S. Public Health Service/Indian Health Service in Gallup, New Mexico, and at U.S. Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton before coming to the UCSD faculty full time. Dr. McCahill worked as a faculty member teaching residents and medical students for over twenty-two years, and was recognized with several "teacher of the year" awards, both locally and statewide. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry.
Dr. McCahill comments: "Although the combined residency still a 'young' program, we are privileged to receive the applications of many of the brightest and most dedicated medical school graduates. We enjoy the camaraderie of a wonderful group of residents and faculty, every one of whom brings a strong personal commitment to obtaining his or her specialty training in an environment that nurtures an integrated practice of our two specialties, and does so in a context of service to the patients who need us the most."