DOCS Founding Doctors and Board Members
Munish K. Batra, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Dr. Batra co-founded Doctors Offering Charitable Services (DOCS) with Dr. Michael Halls in 2002. Dr. Batra is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, with advanced training in Craniofacial Surgery. Along with being one of the lead surgeons for DOCS, Dr. Batra is the principal of one of the busiest plastic surgery practices in Southern California, Coastal Plastic Surgeons. To learn more about Dr. Batra, please visit: www.coastalplasticsurgeons.com
Michael Halls, M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S.
Co-Founder, Corporate President and Board Member
Dr. Halls is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a special expertise in microsurgery, hand, and peripheral
nerve surgery. A renowned surgeon, Dr. Halls is world famous in the specialty
of breast reconstruction. Dr. Halls is affiliated with both the Sharp and
Scripps Hospital systems in San Diego and also actively teaches and mentors
medical students and residents training in the field of Reconstructive
Surgery. To learn more about
Dr. Halls, please visit: www.michaelhallsmd.com
Andrew Chang, M.D., D.D.S.
Dr. Chang has been a DOCS team surgeon since it was founded in 2002. Dr.
Chang is a licensed dentist and physician and is currently in private practice
in San Diego. Board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery, Dr. Chang graduated with graduate school accolades before becoming
an expert in the field of cosmetic facial surgery. To learn more about
Dr. Chang, please visit:
James Tasto, D.D.S.
A San Diego native, Dr. Tasto provides the highest quality dental care
for DOCS patients. Dr. Tasto graduated from University of Southern California
Dental School with an emphasis on cosmetics and sports dentistry. Dr. Tasto
has extensive training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and is a partner
at Torrey Hills Dental. To learn more about Dr. Tasto, please visit:
Raj Pal Batra, M.Sc., M.B.A.
Mr. Batra, a pioneer in the metal recycling industry, joined the DOCS team in 2003. Mr. Batra served as Manager of Operations for nearly 20 years for a metal recycling company, before transitioning to the purchasing side. Mr. Batra lead the cost control and purchasing team at Agmet Metals, Inc., for 13 years before retiring. During his "retirement," Mr. Batra has provided cost control consulting for San Diego businesses and currently serves as the Treasurer for DOCS.
Lori Varaich, J.D.
Executive Director, Corporate Secretary
Mrs. Varaich joined the DOCS team when it was founded in 2002 and was voted as one of the Top Young Attorneys of 2008 in the San Diego Daily Transcript. Mrs. Varaich owns a law practice and provides general counsel services to professional medical corporations and nonprofit organizations. Mrs. Varaich oversees all corporate governance concerns at the charity and is now actively involved in several public outreach programs and fundraising for DOCS.
Alidad Vakili, J.D.
Mr. Vakili has served as Corporate Counsel for DOCS since 2005. An associate
at K & L Gates, LLP, Mr. Vakili concentrates his practice on representing
startup and emerging companies in a wide range of industries, including
technology, biotechnology, health care, real estate and retail businesses.
Mr. Vakili also serves as outside general counsel to emerging growth companies.
To learn more about Mr. Vakili, please visit:
Jessie J. Knight, Jr.
Mr. Knight is CEO of San Diego Gas & Electric. Before joining SDG&E, he was senior Vice President of SDG&E's parent company, Sempra Energy. Mr. Knight served as President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and on the California Public Utilities Commission as a Commissioner. Elected to the Board of Directors for DOCS in 2005, Mr. Knight also is a board member at Alaska Airlines and the San Diego Padres Baseball Club.
Mr. Crotta is First Vice President Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He is also a lawyer, and his legal background gives him an excellent basis for understanding many of the complex issues facing non-profit associations such as DOCS, endowments, and foundations. To learn more, please visit his page at: www.morganstanleysmithbarney.com
Lokesh Tantuwaya, M.D.
DOCS Team Surgeon
Dr. Lokesh Tantuwaya is a board certified neurosurgeon who specializes
in skull base surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, and complex spinal surgery,
including back and neck injuries. He practices at Scripps Memorial Hospital
in La Jolla, and Sharp Memorial Hospital. After completing his undergraduate
education at Northwestern University and Oxford University, he later earned
his medical degree from Northwestern. To learn more about
Dr. Tantuwaya, please visit: www.CNSspine.com
Alfonso Camberos, M.D., F.A.C.S.
DOCS Team Surgeon
Dr. Camberos is a board certified plastic surgeon and is highly regarded
in cosmetic plastic surgery of the face, breast surgery, and body contouring.
He joined the DOCS Team in 2006 after a fellowship at the prestigious Buncke
Clinic where his focus was Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery.
Dr. Camberos is a partner of Dr. Batra at Coastal Plastic Surgeons. To
learn more, please visit: www.coastalplasticsurgeons.com
Don Kikkawa, M.D.
DOCS Team Surgeon
Dr. Kikkawa is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Chief of the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He served as Director of the UCSD Ophthalmology Residency Program for 10 years and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). He is annually elected to "Best Doctors in America" since 1997.