Meet the Division of Research’s inaugural class of physician researchers

ROBERT CHANG, MD
Vascular Surgery, South San Francisco
“I’m thrilled to be a part of TPMG’s focus on clinical research with clearly defined goals to impact patient care. Our integrated health system, established IT infrastructure and supportive leadership will enable us to accomplish these goals.”

DAN LI, MD
Gastroenterology, Santa Clara
“The TPMG program provides an unparalleled opportunity for clinicians to design and conduct research that addresses the most relevant issues in patient care. It is a great honor and privilege for me to join a group of outstanding clinical researchers, and I will strive to generate meaningful data that can truly benefit colorectal cancer prevention for our patients.”

MATTHEW SOLOMON, MD
Cardiology, East Bay (Oakland/Richmond)
“I am thrilled to join the Physician Researcher Program, which will allow me to collaborate with like-minded physician-scientists and answer high-priority research questions for my specialty. Together, we will answer research questions drawn directly from clinical practice and use our results to directly improve quality and patient care.”

JOSEPH PRESTI, MD
Urology, East Bay (Oakland/Richmond)
“The wealth of clinical information available to us in Kaiser Permanente Northern California provides a unique opportunity to positively impact patient care. My initial project is to develop and implement a calculator that both patients and physicians will be able to use to better decide whether to pursue a biopsy to determine if a patient may have prostate cancer, and if present, whether the cancer warrants treatment.”

BETTY SUH-BURGMANN, MD
Gynecologic Oncology, Diablo (Walnut Creek/Antioch)
“There are so many important research questions to work on, which has been the motivation for my work on the Central Research Committee as well as the Institutional Review Board—to facilitate clinicians asking and pursuing questions from their own clinical practice. I’m looking forward to being a part of Kaiser Permanente’s dynamic, ongoing improvement process, which is driven by data and evidence.”

DAVID VINSON, MD
Emergency Medicine, North Valley (Sacramento/Roseville)
“This program will not only help me help our physicians reduce the risk of stroke among our patients with atrial fibrillation, but in the process my colleagues and I will build new collaborations, advance our understanding of research and medicine, and help Kaiser Permanente become a better learning health care system.”

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