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Calistoga, CA 94515



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Alisa's Background

Alisa is currently Professor Emeritus of Neuroradiology and Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University, and then completed a 4-year Residency program in Diagnostic Radiology followed by a 2-year Fellowship program in Neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gean joined the UCSF faculty in 1989 as the Chief of Neuroradiology at San Francisco General Hospital, where she has worked for the last 27 years. A world-renowned expert in traumatic brain injury, Dr. Gean has lectured nationally and internationally of the topic of TBI. She has written 4 textbooks, 33 book chapters, and over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and scientific abstracts. She has consulted with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Neurologic Disease and Stroke (NINDS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Football League (NFL) on the topic of head injury.

Alisa's interest in wine began during Medical School when she held a sales position at Beltramo's Wines and Spirits in Menlo Park, CA on weekends. Subsequently, she travelled solo extensively throughout Europe with a primary interest in Old World wines. She recently passed the FWS (French Wine Scholar) exam with Honors, the CSW (Certified Specialist in Wine) with Honors, the WSET Level 3 (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) with Distinction, and the CWAS (California Wine Appellation Specialist). She continues to study both Old and New World wines and doesn't know where to stop with respect to certifications. She received her Sommelier certification from Napa Valley College and the Court of Master Sommeliers.

She's super-excited to learn from Hindsight's brilliant winemaker, Jac Cole, about viticulture, and also from Keith's experience with winemaking and the wine industry. She's less interested in learning about the business side of the winery from her extraordinarily supportive and financially-gifted husband, Seth Gersch.

In addition to enology and neuroradiology, Alisa is a huge animal lover, enjoys yoga, 49ers football, the Golden State Warriors and has a strong passion for veteran's rights.