Welcome Message from our Leadership

On behalf of our entire department and our comprehensive care teams, welcome to Kaiser Permanente East Bay Pediatrics! Since 1957, our department and Kaiser Permanente have prioritized resident education through our unique and diverse learning environment. With dedicated pediatric faculty in outpatient, inpatient, subspecialty, surgical, emergency and critical care disciplines, we are proud of our mission to educate tomorrow’s pediatric providers. Whether at our brand new medical center in Oakland, a member of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NCHRI), or at any of our ambulatory, community, or affiliated sites, our residents and faculty together reflect our passion and drive for excellence in the academic clinical learning environment. Our focus is on collaborative learning driven by inquiry, best practices, and continuous improvement. We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to our growth and continued success. We invite you to explore these further as you visit our website and our residency training program!

Elio Gizzi, MD, Assistant Physician-in-Chief of General Pediatrics
Jorge Gutierrez, MD, Assistant Physician-in-Chief Pediatric Services

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to train leaders who have a meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of all children and their families, and to support our residents in maintaining lifelong personal and professional fulfillment.

In line with this mission, we would like to share our core values as a program:

Exceptional Patient Care

Oakland Medical Center is the pediatric referral center for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, providing the full breadth of specialties and services for our patients and a rich learning environment for our residents. We focus on both individual and population health by immersing our residents in hospital-wide quality initiatives and supporting them to work with the expansive resources available through our Division of Research. In addition, two of our residents each year pursue a Masters of Public Health in collaboration with UC Berkeley.


Our program is driven by a strong commitment to education as reflected by our Curriculum and Rotation Schedule. Our residents gain training in teaching and leadership alongside the 14 other residency programs housed within Kaiser Permanente Northern California as part of our annual regional GME workshops. In addition, all of our pediatric residents participate in a senior teaching rotation. We value teaching across the learner continuum, from our 3rd year medical students from the University of California San Francisco completing their core pediatric clerkship or the Kaiser Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (KLIC) program, to our 4th year sub-interns rotating from across the country, to our Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellows.

Integrated Care

Kaiser Permanente has long been a leader in the use of medical technology and our 100% fully integrated electronic medical record is in the top 4% of programs nationwide. This commitment to integrated care extends to excellent face-to-face communication between providers and warm hand-offs. For example, when one of our residents sees a complicated patient in clinic, he or she might pick up the phone in the room and talk directly with one of our specialists on speaker with the family present. It is not uncommon for that specialist to then walk down the stairs and come examine the patient in person and do some teaching when he or she is able. This team approach to care can also be seen in our inpatient family-centered rounds, our clinic morning huddles, and our multi-disciplinary specialty clinics.


Our program believes that we are best able to empathize with and care effectively for our patients when we take care of ourselves and each other. In 2015, we started an integrated wellness curriculum that continues to evolve with active resident participation and leadership. The curriculum includes a half hour every Wednesday for a wellness activity, a daily wellness message, and an emphasis on reflection of our personal values. Our program also enjoys excellent support regionally for resident wellness.

“When people talk about the future of health care, Kaiser Permanente is often the model they have in mind.”
New York Times, March 2013

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If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Trixy Bulda, GME Coordinator.