Featured Members


Charles Fischer, MD

50-Year SFMMS Member


Dr. Charles (Chuck) Fischer retired from his private internal medicine practice, San Rafael Medical Group, in 2002 after 35 years. He then served as a volunteer physician for Rotacare Clinic for the uninsured in San Rafael from 2003-2015. Dr. Fischer completed his undergraduate degree at Denison University in Ohio, and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1961. He completed his residency training at the University of Oregon, and then served in the US Army from 1966-1968. Dr. Fischer was President of the Marin Independent Physician Association from 1988-98. In addition to his volunteer work with the Rotacare Clinic, he participated as a Volunteer Physician with Faith in Practice, making annual trips to Guatemala between 2004-2013. Dr. Fischer is married with four children and four grandchildren, and in addition to spending time with family, he enjoys travel, photography, reading, and sailing.



David E. Smith, MD

50-Year SFMMS Member


Dr. David Smith is a living legend in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, having been a foundational figure confronting addiction in our society. Born and raised in Bakersfield, he came to UC Berkeley and then to UCSF for medical school. Dr. Smith opened the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic during 1967's "Summer of Love." In the 40 years he headed the clinics, over one million patients were seen, and the free clinic movement spread around the nation. He has served as guest editor of the SFMMS journal, and co-chaired the San Francisco Addiction Summit, co-sponsored by the SFMMS last year and again this June. Dr. Smith is a past-President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has been awarded the University of California Medal of Honor, the UCSF Chancellor¹s Award, and countless other recognitions. He embodies the principle under which he founded his clinic half a century ago: "Health care is a right, not a privilege."