Dereck DeLeon, MD, Named CAFP Foundation’s 2018 Educator of the Year

Dereck J. DeLeon, MD

The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) Foundation has named Dereck DeLeon, MD, winner of the 2018 Barbara Harris Award for Excellence in Education. Dr. DeLeon, who practices family medicine in San Diego for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG), was selected from among CAFP’s 10,000 members statewide.

“Over more than 25 years, Dr. De Leon has taught and mentored several hundred medical students, residents, staff physicians and others in health care disciplines,” said CAFP President Lisa Ward, MD, MSPH, MS. “Colleagues say he’s also an outstanding, compassionate and popular physician to his patients, some of whom have been with him for more than 20 years.”

Dr. DeLeon is founding director and current program director of the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Family Medicine Residency Program, and serves as regional chair of SCPMG’s GME Diversity Committee. He also is playing a key role in developing the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, which will be located in Pasadena, California. Dr. DeLeon is also an associate clinical professor at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine.

Nationally, he works with the Education Committee of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Program Directors and with the American Board of Family Medicine on a task force that created and evaluated the post-graduate survey for family medicine residency programs.