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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Physician Researcher Program (PRP)

​Mission: To cultivate the research that drives evidence-based medicine.

The Physician Researcher Program supports a select group of TPMG clinicians to conduct research that transforms how care is delivered while also continuing to make clinical contributions. 

The Permanente Medical Group seeks to enhance physician opportunities and its learning health care system by providing sustained support for a network of physician delivery science researchers, integrating them into a systematic evaluation of clinical care, and facilitating the dissemination and implementation of the resulting knowledge.  

This program, started in 2017, provides long-term professional development and research support for evaluating priority topics to their specialty. 

Since 2017, two additional cohorts of ph​ysicians have joined the program, these 13 physician researchers are devoting 20 to 40 percent of their time to research projects designed to produce new knowledge that has direct impact on high-priority issues in clinical care. The physician researchers will disseminate and implement the relevant learnings across Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and foster collaborations among physicians in their specialties and across specialties. 



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Vignesh Arasu

Radiology
Vallejo Medical Center
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Robert Chang

Surgery
South San Francisco Medical Center
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Kathryn Erickson-Ridout

Psychiatry
Santa Rosa Medical Center
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Matthew Hirschtritt

Psychiatry
Oakland Medical Center
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Theodore Levin

Gastroenterology, Population Health
Diablo Valley Service Area
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Dan Li

Gastroenterology
Santa Clara Medical Center
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Mai Nguyen-Huynh

Neurology
Walnut Creek Medical Center
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Joseph Presti

Urology
San Francisco Medical Center
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Dana Sax

Emergency Medicine
Oakland Medical Center
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Jacek Skarbinski

Infectious Diseases
Oakland Medical Center
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Matthew Solomon

Cardiology
Oakland Medical Center, Richmond Medical Center
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Betty Suh-Burgmann

Gynecologic Oncology
Antioch Medical Center, Walnut Creek Medical Center
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David Vinson

Emergency Medicine
Roseville Medical Center, Sacramento Medical Center

​The Physician Researcher Program will have new positions available in 2025!

Submissions for Letters of Intent are due Friday, 08/02/2024

The program overview and instructions on how to submit a Letter of Intent can be found here

For any questions, please contact Jennifer Schneider at jennifer.l1.schneider@kp.org​​

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