Physician Researcher Program

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 provides long-term professional development and research support for evaluating priority topics to their specialty. 

In November of 2020 the program welcomed its third class comprised of three physician researchers. The inaugural class of six physicians, started in 2017 and a second class of four began in late 2019. These 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.

Ongoing Projects

Current outcomes & management of asymptomatic carotid stenosis.
Bobby Chang, Mai Nguyen-Huynh. Surgery Vascular. PRP. Ongoing.

Development of the Kaiser prostate cancer risk calculator..
Joe Presti, Stacey Alexeef, Brandon Horton, Stephanie Prausnitz, Andy Avins. . Urology. PRP. Ongoing.

Extended window for thrombectomy: Have we extended our resources appropriately and effectively?.
Mai Nguyen-Huynh, Alan Go, Bruce Ovbiagele. Neurology. PRP. Ongoing.

Improved selection of BRCA-negative high-risk women for breast MRI screening through validation of IBIS risk model variants.
Vignesh Arasu, Laurel Habel. Radiology. PRP. Ongoing.

Improving Risk Stratification of Emergency Department Patients with Acute Heart Failure: Building and Testing a Machine-learning Platform for Personalized, Accurate, Real-time Risk Prediction.
Dana Sax, Mary Reed. Emergency Medicine. PRP. Ongoing.

Improving stroke prevention for high-risk AFib by discharge redesign using electronic clinical decision support.
David Vinson, Mary Reed. Emergency Medicine. PRP. Ongoing.

Management and outcomes of patients with valvular heart disease.
Matt Solomon, Alan Go. Cardiology. PRP. Ongoing.

Optimization of a team-based care model for depression in psychiatry and evaluation of the Achieving Depression and Anxiety Patient-Centered Treatment (ADAPT PLUS) program as a model for immediate care delivery to outpatients with depression and anxiety.
Kathryn Erickson-Ridout, Constance Weisner, Esti Iturralde. Mental Health. PRP. Ongoing.

Optimization of diagnosis, surveillance of colonic sessile serrated adenomas.
Dan Li, Lisa Herrinton. Gastroenterology. PRP. Ongoing.

PREDICT PCCC: PREDICTing Post Colonoscopy Colorectal Cancer.
T.R. Levin, Jeffrey Lee, Vincent Liu, Charles Quesenberry, Oleg Sofrygin . Gastroenterology. PRP. Ongoing.

Surgical referral and outcomes of standardized ultrasound reporting of adnexal masses.
Betty Suh-Bergmann, Lisa Herrinton. Gynecologic Oncology. PRP. Ongoing.

To check out the program’s most recent request for applications, click this link.