University of California, Riverside

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Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Jonathan J. Sorci

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor - Family Medicine

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Education and Training

  • Residency, Santa Monica Family Residency Program, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Residency, Yosemite Medical Clinic, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.D., School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York
  • Physician in Training, Addiction Medicine, Betty Ford Center, Palm Desert, California
  • Sc.D., Environmental Health Science, School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • M.S., Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado
  • B.A. cum laude, Geological Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York
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Dr. Jonathan Sorci, M.D., Sc.D., is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the UCR School of Medicine. He joined the UCR School of Medicine faculty in March 2016, after spending 12 years practicing medicine in Southern California.

During medical school, Sorci participated in a two-month tropical medicine and community development program in Ecuador, where he served in a hospital in the Amazon jungle, treating the indigenous population.

He completed his doctorate in environmental health science from the Harvard School of Public Health studying the effects of pollution on the health of both individuals and populations.

From 2006 to 2011, Sorci was president and CEO of Be Well Family Health Care, Inc., his solo practice in family medicine in Fallbrook, California.

He then worked in Vietnam as the first medical director responsible for opening a new, secondary care international hospital.

Formerly, he was the clinic medical director at U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group and also worked part-time at an AFC Doctors Express urgent care clinic.

Aside from his academic appointments and his professional experience in medicine, Sorci is also very active in community service. He has organized and initiated multiple donations and programs for various foundations and even established the Jonathan James Sorci Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Organic Chemistry at Colorado School of Mines in 1991. Sorci also served the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in Boston, where he started a music program in a public school for disadvantaged youth and is considered a Fellow for Life.


  • Community Service Award for “Tar Wars,” Medical Society State of New York, Buffalo, New York, 2002.
  • MAP-Reader’s Digest International Fellowship, Medical Assistance Programs International, Brunswick, Georgia, 2002.
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement and Leadership in Medicine, Medical Student Award, Erie County Medical Society, Buffalo, New York, 2001.
  • Foundation Leadership Award, American Medical Association National leadership Development Conference, Miami beach, Florida, 2000.
  • Albert Schweitzer Award, Harvard School of Public Health, 1998.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, COMPASS School, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 1996-1997.
  • Special Volunteer Recognition Award, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1995-1996.
  • Excellence in teaching Award, Colorado School of Mines, 1987.
  • Dean’s list - four semesters, S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, New York, 1982-1985.

Selected Publications

  • Usatine, R.P., B. Sacks, and J.J. Sorci. 2003. A swollen knee. J. Fam. Practice. 42(1): 63-67. Sorci, J.J., X. Cordova, and R. Usatine. 2004. What did she bring back from the Peace Corp? Skin Lesions from South America. J. Fam. Practice.
  • Sorci, J.J., J.D. Paulauskis, and T.E. Ford. 1999. 16S rRNA restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of bacterial diversity as a biomarker of ecological health in polluted sediments from New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts, USA. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 38(8): 663-675.
  • Ford, T., J. Sorci, R. Ika, and J. Shine. 1998. Interaction between metals and microbial communities in New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts. Environ. Health Perspect. 106(Suppl 4):1033-1039.
  • Gonsior, S.J, Sorci, J.J.,. Zoellner, M.J., and B.D. Landenberger. 1997. Effects of EDTA on metal speciation in river sediment/ water systems. J. Environ. Qual., 26: 957-966.
  • Ford, T.E., J.J. Sorci, and J.J. Shine. 1994. Microbial Transport of Toxic Metals. In C Richard Cothern (ed.), “Trace Substances, Environment and Health”, pp. 9-20, Science Reviews, Northwood, UK.
  • Sorci, J.J. and Macalady, D.L. 1993. Quantitative structure-activity relationships in bacterial and abiotic alkaline hydrolyses of para-substituted acetanilides. J. Agric. Food Chem., 41 (10), 1760-1766.

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