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Steve Miccuci, Noriko Yoshikawa , Camille Huwyler, Rijul Kshirsagar, and Dave Chou skiing and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe for the annual department retreat.

Welcome to the Bay!

The Bay Area is home to over 7.7 million residents and encompasses San Francisco, Napa Valley, Silicon Valley, and the vibrant East Bay—home to the City of Oakland. This is an historically, ecologically, and culturally rich area.

There are several local farmers’ markets with everything from produce grown just down the road to specialty meats, gourmet pickles, and fresh fish. Our local restaurant Chez Panisse is credited with sparking the California cuisine style of cooking as well as a focus on local food supply chains.

Nature is Calling

The Bay Area is naturally rich in parks, beaches, and mountains all within close distance. Outdoor hobbies of our residents include trail-running, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, and mountain-biking to name a few. For those who are more domesticated, Oakland also has many parks excellent for picnicking, frisbee, and just plain relaxing.

The beach at Point Reyes, 1 hour from Oakland.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Heshaam Fallah, one of our maxillofacial surgeons.

This grove of redwoods is a 15 minute drive from the Kaiser Oakland Hospital, making it an ideal spot to decompress after a busy day.


There are several museums in the area, including the Oakland Museum of California and the Berkeley Art Museum. Your options expand even further if you cross the bridge into San Francisco!

Steven Micucci, Rijul Kshirsagar, Dave Chou, Caitlin Pacheco, and Peter Debbaneh at Hoodslam, a local wrestling event held on First Fridays.

Oakland hosts many unique events. Residents have enjoyed the East Bay Bike Parties, Hoodslam, and First Fridays.

Camille Huwyler showing off her steady surgeon’s hands at a pre-COVID interview day outing to the local favorite barcade.

Department Fun

We have an annual retreat to relax and hang out together, usually at a beach or on a mountain. We also gather regularly for journal club, and informally to just hang out, make cookies, or eat ice cream on picnic blankets.

Residents and attendings gather around the table for a hearty meal after a day full of fun in the snow during the annual department retreat.
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