A Statement from Our Program Director
The cardiology practice at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco has several unique attributes that create an outstanding educational opportunity. The Cardiology Department is comprised of seventeen full time staff physicians with diverse talents, ranging from outpatient chronic heart failure management to aggressive techniques for intervention in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. The six women and eleven men of our department range from recently graduated fellows to practitioners with more than three decades of experience. Ours is an intellectually honest and open practice where we comfortably rely on one another in seeking optimal care for our patients.
Kaiser Health Plan is a non-profit, comprehensive care health maintenance organization and our practice is not fee-for-service, so we are freed from economic barriers and incentives in clinical decision making. Free collaboration between cardiologists, primary care physicians, cardiac and vascular surgeons and intensivists is routine, facilitated by grouping of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Anesthesiology and Vascular Surgery in a single administrative unit, the Cardiovascular Service Line. Our tertiary care center provides diagnostic and interventional catheterization laboratory services, and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery service to our sister facilities on the San Francisco peninsula, Marin County and the Redwood Empire. Our High Risk Obstetrics service provides exposure to cardiac complications in pregnancy, labor and delivery. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease program is shared with experts from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and our own outstanding Pediatric Cardiologists. Clinical research opportunities are supported by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research with programmers, biostatisticians and full-time researchers with access to more than seven million patient records, and by cordial relationships with the cardiology faculties at California Pacific Medical Center, the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford Medical Center.
Our goal is to provide a comprehensive, stimulating educational and research experience to prepare our Cardiology Fellows as highly competent clinical cardiologists. We regard our teaching duties to the medical housestaff and Cardiology Fellows as an important part of our professional activity, mutually beneficial to both trainee and mentor.