Charles M. Crane, M.D., M.P.H.

Tuberculosis Consultant


Professional Experience


Dr. Crane is an experienced and respected tuberculosis physician with a broad range of expertise, including: diagnostic methods, treatment regimens and modalities, patient monitoring, program and clinic administration, TB reporting, epidemiologic TB data collection and analysis, epidemiologic studies, infection control in both facility and home settings, employee screening, consultation and training to and of other programs, TB providers and Public Health Nurses, conference organization and content, organizational leadership and development.

Please refer to his CV for details of his education, training and professional activities

Medical Care

Family Medicine: Staff Physician, Richmond Health Center and West County Health Center, Contra Costa Health Services, Richmond and San Pablo, CA, 1979-2013

Primary care physician for adults and children with special interests in internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology and communicable diseases

Tuberculosis (Chest Clinic): Chief Clinic Physician, Chest Clinics, Richmond Health Center, West County Health Center, Martinez Health Center, and Pittsburg Health Center, Contra Costa Health Services, 1987 - 2013

oSpecialty care for the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with active TB, their contacts, and patients with latent TB infection

oHired and trained new Chest Clinic physicians


Medical Director, Tuberculosis Program, Contra Costa Health Services, 1988-2013

oProvided oversight of care, public and private, of all TB patients (suspects, cases, contacts, immigration screening, high risk LTBI) in Contra Costa County, promoting rapid diagnosis, appropriate treatment regimens, mode of therapy (DOT or self-administered) and completion of therapy

oOrganized Chest Clinic schedules, monitored productivity and appointment availability

oPrimary Medical Consultant for all physicians who diagnose, treat and manage tuberculosis patients in Contra Costa County

oDeveloped protocols, policies and procedures for the TB Program, including institution of, and leadership of monthly case review meetings with program public health nurses and disease intervention technicians who provided directly observed therapy services to TB patients, generally in their homes; development of protocols for specially trained nurses at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez, CA for the follow-up of patients with latent TB infection treated with isoniazid

oDeveloped and fostered network of private TB providers, promoted effective communication between providers and both an expert medical consultant and program nursing staff

California TB Controllers Association

oServed two terms on Executive Committee, including 2 years as President

oChairperson or Co-Chairperson on working groups to write

  1. Bullet  Guidelines for the Oversight of TB Care provided Outside the Local Health Department TB            Program, 1991

  2. Bullet Guidelines for Determination of TB Patient Infectiousness and for Placement into High or Lower Risk Settings, 2009

oParticipated in writing and revising numerous other Guidelines

oCo-Chairperson, Conference Planning Committee

Chairperson, Department of Ambulatory Family Medicine, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez, CA

oRevitalized and reorganized Department after many years of inactivity, creating 3 local Divisions to facilitate members' participation in meetings and departmental activities

oDeveloped quality improvement activities such as regular peer review, audits and targeted educational activities based on needs assessment; integrated departmental QI activities with those of other Medical Staff committees

oFostered improved mutual communication between ambulatory care medical staff and administration

Training Experience

Medical Director, Tuberculosis Program, Contra Costa Health Services, 1988-2013

Periodic CME lectures at Grand Rounds and Noon Conferences at all hospitals in Contra Costa County, CA; topics included: TB epidemiology, targeted testing and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with active TB; reporting communicable diseases

California Tuberculosis Controllers Association, 1988-present

Chair, Co-Chair or active membership on annual the Conference Planning Committee; developed educational agenda based on needs assessment, suggested and invited faculty, reviewed presentations for educational content, publicized conferences, developed evaluation forms, developed program for and raised funds for travel grants

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, North America Region

Chairperson, Abstract Committee, developed criteria for scoring abstracts submitted for oral or poster presentation at Annual Meeting; developed criteria for and assisted with fundraising for travel grant program to enable attendance at Annual Meeting by those without other resources for travel funding, from US, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America

National Society of TB Clinicians, section of the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association

Served on the Executive Committee as President for 2 terms, Chairperson of Conference Planning Committee, Nominating Committee and Bylaws Committee

Francis J. Curry International Tuberculosis Center, 1990-2010

Participated as Faculty in several trainings in CA, including diagnosis and treatment of TB, legal and ethical issues in TB control


The Georgia Foundation, Richmond, CA (1994-95)

One week consultation on-site in Tbilisi, Georgia; assisted organization with  the development of a private, non-profit TB program and clinic in Rustavi, Georgia; recruited a local Georgian physician (cardiologist) to be the Chief Physician of this clinic; provided a 5 week intensive individualized training program for her at the TB Program, Chest Clinic and Public Health Laboratory, Contra Costa Health Services, Martinez, CA; and the TB Control Branch and Microbial Diseases Laboratory, CA Department of Public Health, Richmond, CA

Medical Director, Tuberculosis Program, Contra Costa Health Services, 1988-2013

Three day consultation on-site in Fairfield and Vallejo, CA, 1998; worked with the leadership and staff of the TB Program and Chest Clinic, Solano County on program organization and services

Hain Lifescience (, September, 2013

Three day consultation for the development and marketing of a new rapid test for the prompt identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and mutations associated with resistance to first and second line drugs in clinical specimens

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