Dr. Laura Ulibarri has been a part of the Catalina Island Medical Center team since July 2007. The family practice physician attended medical school at the University of New Mexico and served patients there and in the state of Alaska for two decades before moving to Catalina Island. Her experience in private practice and hospital settings in both urban and isolated rural areas in such an asset. Her experience at CIMC and in collaborating with staff and mainland medical facilities make her an important asset. Dr. Ulibarri enjoys the island’s natural beauty, it’s small town charm and it’s sense of community.
Dr Kevin Hutton joined the medical staff at CIMC in October 2015. He understands the uniqueness of working in a geographically isolated location. Through his association with Air Methods Corporation and Mercy Air he is already working to install a precision GPS approach guidance system at the Pebbly Beach Heliport. “Every minute can count when island doctors triage a critically ill patient, knowing that advanced care or surgery may be required. Transporting via air evacuation gives Catalina Island Medical Center doctors and patients a direct link to mainland specialists and larger, more fully equipped medical facilities,” Dr Hutton shared. His passion for medicine started as a USC undergrad. He went on to attend Medical School at Georgetown University and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He was on the faculty at University of California San Diego (UCSD) for five years and has a long association with Life Flight San Diego. He was on staff at Scripps in La Jolla for 16 years and spent 19 years at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. His wife Sandy is also a critical care flight nurse.
Dr Dan Davis began working at CIMC in the emergency department and Medical Group Office in October 2015. As a UCLA Psychobiology undergrad he chose to pursue a medical degree and fellowship in neuroscience from UCSD (the University of California San Diego). Dr Davis grew up near Los Angeles International airport and attended Westchester High School. He remembers coming to Catalina with his family and attending Boy Scout camp on the island. Now a medical specialist in “neuro protection” which means “saving the brain” through resuscitation, Dr Davis brings his considerable skills to the Emergency Department and Medical Group Office at CIMC. As a faculty member at UCSD Dr Davis spent ten years developing a program to reduce “preventable death” with advanced resuscitation research and training. He left his teaching position at UCSD in July but continues to work with air ambulance companies, hospitals and clinics all over the world. Specifically he is a Scientific Advisor for Air Methods Corporation and Director of Training Curriculum at Mercy Air Medical in southern California. “The traditional boundaries of medicine are changing,” Dr Davis commented. “More options to transfer emergency patients to outpatient facilities, rehab centers and even home will strengthen and enhance the care we provide.”
Downey Regional Medical Center
For several months a year, Catalina Island Medical Center works with the Family Practice Internship and Residency Program at Downey Regional Medical Center. Second and third year residents see patients in the Catalina Island Medical Group Office, spend time on-call in the emergency room and provide care to the facility’s in-patients. The program allows the California-licensed osteopathic physicians to gain experience in a rural environment and gives the medical center additional physician coverage between March and October.
Visiting specialists regularly see patients at Catalina Island Medical Center, typically on Saturdays in the medical group office. Cardiology, dermatology, podiatry and ophthalmology are just some of the medical specialties available.