Permanente Physicians Provide Expertise To Media Coverage Of Coronavirus, COVID-19
Nancy Gin, MD, right, chief quality officer at The Permanente Federation, is interviewed on FOX11 station in Los Angeles about the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo courtesy of FOX11.)

Permanente physicians provide expertise to media coverage of coronavirus, COVID-19

During the fast-changing coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation — and the world — physicians have been on the front lines providing care to patients. But several of them have been doing extra duties as experts in news stories, helping to calm the nerves of an anxious society by dispensing evidence-based information about the novel virus.

Permanente physicians have been helping to educate people about COVID-19 and update Kaiser Permanente members and patients about receiving care. The following Permanente physicians were quoted in media reports.

Oct. 13, 2021

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, suggested people get tested for COVID-19 before gathering for Thanksgiving in this WAGA-TV (Fox5) report in Atlanta.

Oct. 12, 2021

  • Jeffrey Krawcek, president and executive medical director, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, participated in a panel on the future of health care in Colorado, and a recap of the panel discussion was published in this Colorado Sun article.

Oct. 11, 2021

  • Kristin Gates, MD, internal medicine physician, The Permanente Medical Group, was interviewed about vaccine hesitancy among the Black community in this Sacramento (Calif.) Observer story.
  • Alex McDonald, MD, family medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was among health care workers on the front lines sharing their experiences about the pandemic in this followup interview on the KQED Forum report in San Francisco.

Oct. 1, 2021

  • Rachel Dong, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed the safety of vaccines for pregnant women in a story on KSBW8 TV (NBC) in Salinas, California.

Sept. 28, 2021

  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, was quoted in an article about the realities of medical exemptions for COVID vaccines in this Portland Business Journal story in Oregon.

Sept. 27, 2021

  • Tarquin Collis, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, discussed the delta variant in a story about breakthrough infections in this Honolulu Star-Advertiser  story.
  • Emily West, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, Northwest Permanente, discussed the risks of COVID-19 to pregnant women in this KMTR TV (NBC16) interview in Eugene, Oregon.

Sept. 26, 2021

  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, commented on a story about California’s low COVID-19 transmission rate during the recent Delta variant surge in this Healthline report.

Sept. 20, 2021

  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, penned a column explaining the COVID vaccine in The Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon.
  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, commented on a story about booster rollouts in the San Francisco Bay Area in this San Francisco Chronicle article.

Sept. 17, 2021

  • Robert Ferdman, DO, hospital medicine physician, The Permanente Medical Group, and assistant chief of Hospital Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center, joined this Valley Public Radio News report on hospitals burdened by latest COVID surge in the Central California Valley.

Sept. 14, 2021

  • Jeff Krawcek, MD, president and executive medical director, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, co-wrote an opinion piece advocating for vaccine mandates in the Denver Post.

Sept. 13, 2021

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, commented in a story about monoclonal antibody treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in this WAGA-TV (Fox5) report in Atlanta.

Sept. 10, 2021

  • David Ward, MD, medical director and family medicine physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, discussed the ongoing symptoms of COVID-19 patients months later as potential cases increases in Spokane County in this Spokesman-Review story in Washington state.

Sept. 8, 2021

  • Milin Ratanasen, MD, an internist with The Permanente Medical Group, answers questions around COVID-19 vaccines, booster shots, evolving research, and more in a webinar reported on by the Sacramento Bee.

Aug. 30, 2021

  • Susanna Block, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, encouraged parents to get the vaccine for children 12 and older especially as school starts in this KING TV (NBC) report in Seattle.

Aug. 28, 2021

  • Sasha Mallett, MD, internal medicine physician, Northwest Permanente, was featured in this Oregon Public Broadcasting series on how COVID-19 is affecting people in the Pacific Northwest, discussing Dr. Mallett’s rare immunodeficiency condition and how that changed the way she care for patients during the pandemic.

Aug. 27, 2021

  • Zamir Moen, MD, hospitalist, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, and chief of medical staff, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, was quoted in a story in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser about Kaiser Permanente postpone elective surgeries because of recent surge in COVID cases.

Aug. 26, 2021

  • Tinisha Cheatham, DO, family medicine physician, commented on youth community outreach efforts for vaccinating the Black community in this WJX (CBS13) TV report in Baltimore.
  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discussed potential vaccines for children under 12 after FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine in this KNSD (NBC7) TV report in San Diego.

Aug. 25, 2021

  • Mary Giswold, MD, associate medical director of hospital and post-acute care, Northwest Permanente, joined other health care leaders in Portland encouraging vaccinations and mask wearing as hospitalizations increases in the area in this FOX12 (KPTV) segment.

Aug. 24, 2021

  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, says people should follow the science when deciding if children younger than 12 years old should receive approval for the COVID vaccine in this KGTV (ABC) News 10 report in San Diego.
  • Cicely White, MD, pediatrics, Washington Permanente Medical Group, and chief of Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente Washington, encouraged children to move more to avoid obesity challenges during the pandemic in this KOMO News radio report in Seattle.

Aug. 11, 2021

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, discussed safety precautions at work in a story about mandatory vaccine policies at work in this WAGA-TV (Fox5) report in Atlanta.

Aug. 8, 2021

  • Michael Alston, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, talked about general decline in vaccinations among children, not just focusing on the COVID vaccine, in this Tacoma News Tribune story in Washington state.

Aug. 7, 2021

  • Fernando Fan, MD, pediatrician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, offered tips on masking as children prepare to return to school this fall in this Bakersfield Californian story.

Aug. 4, 2021

  • Peter Barkett, MD, internist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, provided some tips on how to talk to hesitant patients about the COVID-19 vaccine in this Public News Service report in Seattle.

Aug. 3, 2021

  • Michael Vollmer, MD, infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, commented in this KQED report on Bay Area Counties reinstating mask requirements indoors.

Aug. 2, 2021

  • Michael Vollmer, MD, infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this KXTV (ABC10) report in Sacramento about the rising cases of hospital admissions.

Aug. 1, 2021

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, commented on the importance of wearing masks as the delta variant spreads in this WAGA (Fox5) TV report in Atlanta.
  • Sammy Moss, MD, psychiatrist, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, was quoted on how the pandemic has affected Coloradoans in this 5280 Denver magazine article.

July 29, 2021

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in a story about increasing requests for COVID-19 testing as the delta variant spreads in this KUSA9 (NBC) TV report in Denver.
  • Comilla Sasson, MD, emergency medicine physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, provided some answers to questions about masking requirements in light of latest CDC recommendations in this KUSA9 (NBC) TV report in Denver.

July 28, 2021

  • Mona Gahunia, DO, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, commented on this WYPR (NPR) Radio report in Baltimore about the latest CDC guidelines on masking.

July 23, 2021

  • Eddye Bullock, MD, internal medicine, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, and assistant chief for adult family medicine for Kaiser Permanente Baltimore area, explained how the “Good Health and Great Hair” program is raising awareness about the COVID vaccine in the African-American community in this WTOP News Radio report in Washington, D.C.

July 16, 2021

  • Tarquin Collis, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, addressed the rising COVID-19 cases and vaccine hesitancy in this Hawaii News Now TV report in Honolulu.
  • Nancy Gin, MD, medical director of Quality and Clinical Analysis, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this Los Angeles Daily News story about the increasing cases of COVID-19 and the possibility of a new surge.
  • Heidi Meyer, MD, family medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discussed the potential confusion between symptoms of coronavirus and the cold as more people remove masks in this KGTV (ABC) News 10 report in San Diego.
  • Steven Millar, MD, pediatrician, The Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in a KCRA TV (NBC) report in Sacramento about the California Public Health Department efforts to get vaccines in the hands of primary care physicians.
  • Michael Vollmer, MD, infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed the Delta variant in this KTXL (FOX) TV report in Sacramento.

July 12, 2021

  • Noah Friedman, MD, allergy, asthma and immunology physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and chief of Allergy and Immunology at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, commented on a story about declining asthma emergency room visits during the pandemic in this KNBC TV report in Los Angeles.
  • Sreenandh Krishnagopalan, MD, critical care physician and chief of Critical Care at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this KHON TV report about rising cases of Delta variant in Hawaii.

July 11, 2021

  • Asha Patton-Smith, MD, child psychiatrist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed how people can seek mental health services during the pandemic in this WJLA TV (ABC) report in Washington, D.C.

July 9, 2021

  • Rene Stokes, MD, child psychiatrist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, encouraged people to get outside to boost mental health during the pandemic in this WJLA TV (ABC) report in Washington, D.C.

July 6, 2021

  • Ryan Alanzalon, MD, pediatric invasive cardiologist, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, commented on a story about increasing COVID-19 cases in children as mask restrictions are relaxed in this KSWB-TV (Fox 5) report in San Diego.

June 28, 2021

  • Sreenandh Krishnagopalan, MD, critical care physician and chief of Critical Care at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this KITV4 (ABC) report on increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations in Honolulu.
  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, commented in this WAGA-TV (FOX5) report in Atlanta about the Delta variant and vaccination rates in localities.

June 25, 2021

  • Amit Saini, MD, internal medicine physician and assistant physician-in-charge of access, service and health promotion, The Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this Business Journal story in Fresno, California, about how growth in telehealth will continue after the pandemic.
  • David Vinson, MD, emergency medicine physician, The Permanente Medical Group, emphasized the safety of hospitals and how people shouldn’t delay care during the pandemic in this KTXL TV (Fox40) report in Sacramento, California.

June 22, 2021

  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, was quoted in a story about declining COVID-19 vaccination rates in Oregon in this Oregon Public Broadcasting story.

June 16, 2021

  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in a story about how immuno-compromised people should keep wearing masks even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine in this KNSD 7 San Diego (NBC) report.

June 12, 2021

  • Kristin Lottig, MD, pediatrician, Northwest Permanente, discussed parents’ concerns about getting the vaccine for their children in a The Columbian interview in Clark County, Washington.
  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, commented about the decline of COVID-19 cases in the San Francisco Bay Area in this San Jose Mercury News story.

June 11, 2021

  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this FOX 5 (KSWB-TV) report on an emergency CDC meeting about heart inflammation reported in a few young people after receiving the COVID vaccine.

June 10, 2021

  • Jeff Markin, MD, family physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, writes about the importance of getting back on track with men’s health screenings and checkups for preventive care as the COVID-19 pandemic eases in The Spokesman-Review.

June 3, 2021

  • Matthew Solomon, MD, cardiologist, The Permanente Medical Group, was quoted on a new Kaiser Permanente study published in JAMA that shows emergency hospitalizations for heart attacks and suspected strokes have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels in Becker’s Hospital Review.

May 24, 2021

  • Christina Brown, MD, pediatrician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, offered some tips on how to talk to children about the COVID vaccine in this WTOP News Radio report.
  • Ameya Kulkarni, MD, interventional cardiologist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed reports of rare heart condition among teens who got a COVID vaccine in this WUSA9 (CBS) TV report in Washington, D.C.

May 20, 2021

  • Mabel Bongmba, MD, psychiatry, Washington Permanente Medical Group, discussed anxiety experienced by people coming out of the pandemic in this Public News Service report in Seattle.

May 19, 2021

  • Susanna Block, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, provides answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and whether children should get them in this Seattle’s Child story.
  • Milin Ratanasen, MD, internal medicine physician, The Permanente Medical Group, shared facts about the COVID vaccines in this KCRA TV (NBC) series in Sacramento, California.
  • Mona Shah, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discussed the COVID vaccines in this KTTV FOX11 report in Los Angeles.

May 17, 2021

  • Christina Brown, MD, pediatrician, and Adrienne Collier, MD, pediatrician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, both appeared on a WJLA (ABC7) report in Washington, D.C., discussing increasing cases of depression and obesity among children during the pandemic.

May 14, 2021

  • Elizabeth Hudson, DO, infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, explained what herd immunity means in this KABC TV (ABC7) report in Los Angeles.

May 13, 2021

  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, talked about vaccine hesitancy in this KGTV (ABC10) report in San Diego.

May 12, 2021

  • Christina Brown, MD, pediatrician, and Adrienne Collier, MD, pediatrician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, both appeared on a WJLA (ABC7) report in Washington, D.C., discussing vaccine eligibility being expanded to adolescents.
  • Angelica Ha, MD, pediatrician, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed vaccines for children in this KTXL TV (FOX 40) report in Sacramento, California.

May 6, 2021

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, discussed the benefits of COVID vaccine for children in this Denver7 (ABC) TV report in Denver.

April 26, 2021

  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, commented on the latest surge in Oregon of COVID-19 patients, especially among younger adults, in this KGW8 TV (NBC) report in Portland.

April 23, 2021

  • Tarquin Collis, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, discussed coronavirus variants popping up in Hawaii in this KITV4 (ABC) report in Honolulu.
  • John Yang, MD, president and medical director, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in a Maui Now story about Kaiser Permanente grants to community organizations to increase vaccinations for communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

April 18, 2021

  • Kingsley Okafor, MD, ophthalmologist, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, penned an opinion piece in the Greeley Tribune in Fort Collins, Colorado, about vaccine equity.

April 16, 2021

  • Elizabeth Hudson, DO, infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discussed the various COVID-19 vaccines in this story in The Signal in Santa Clarita Valley in California.
  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, commented on California’s milestone of administering more than half of its population with the COVID vaccines in this CalMatters report.

April 14, 2021

  • Mark Chan, MD, allergist and immunologist, Northwest Permanente, talked about how to tell the difference between spring allergies and COVID-19 symptoms in this KPTV (Fox 12) TV report in Portland, Oregon.
  • Harinder Dhir, MD, occupational medicine physician, The Permanente Medical Group, offered tips for people working remote to stay active and move during the pandemic in this Sacramento Magazine story.
  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, commented in a San Francisco Chronicle story looking at the few people who got COVID-19 even though they were vaccinated.

April 13, 2021

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this KDVR TV (Fox 31) report in Denver about patients concerns over Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • Michael Vollmer, MD, infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, commented on a story about the few cases of vaccinated people getting COVID-19 in this Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat report.

April 10, 2021

  • Elizabeth Hudson, DO, infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, commented on a report about whether seniors need a booster shot for the COVID vaccine in this KABC (ABC7) TV report in Los Angeles.

April 8, 2021

  • Troy Baker, DO, allergy and immunology specialist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed whether higher pollen can make people susceptible to COVID-19 infection in this WUSA9 (CBS) TV report in Washington, D.C.

April 7, 2021

  • Bradley Jacoby, DO, pediatrician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in a story about the harm of fake vaccination cards in this KESQ TV (ABC) report in Palm Springs, California.
  • Comilla Sasson, MD, emergency medicine physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, shared stories of the emotional toll the pandemic is having on physicians and health care workers in this KUSA TV (9News) report in Denver.

April 6, 2021

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, commented in this WGCL TV (CBS46) report in Georgia about the state receiving a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand vaccine distribution to underserved communities.

April 5, 2021

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, and adjunct investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, was quoted in this KING5 TV (NBC) report in Seattle on the start of trials by KPWHRI on vaccines and the South African variants of COVID-19.

April 3, 2021

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, talked about mass vaccination sites and getting the COVID vaccines in Colorado in this Colorado Public Radio report.

April 2, 2021

March 30, 2021

  • Kendra Becker, MD, internal medicine and sleep specialist, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discusses the spike in sleep deprivation during the pandemic in this City News Group (Inland Empire) report in Southern California.
  • Stella Dantas, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist and associate medical director, Ambulatory and Convenient Care, Northwest Permanente, commented on a story about vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women in this KTVL News 10 (Medford, Oregon) report.
  • Anil Jagtiani, MD, infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group; and Timothy Jenkins, MD, gastroenterologist, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and area medical director, Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino; were quoted in a first-person piece about getting the vaccine published in the San Bernardino Sun.

March 25, 2021

  • Umber Chohan, MD, infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, did a Q&A with Yahoo! News about COVID vaccines after eligibility expanded in Tulare County, California.
  • Mona Gahunia, DO, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, chatted with WJLA-TV (ABC) in Washington, D.C., about what people can do after they’re vaccinated in this report.

March 23 2021

  • Tarquin Collis, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, appeared on Hawaii News Now TV in Honolulu to discuss the AstraZeneca vaccine.

March 22, 2021

  • Amy Banulis, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed the risks for pregnant women and the COVID vaccines in this WTOP News Radio report.
  • Marc Ikeda, MD, allergy specialist, The Permanente Medical Group, appeared on “Good Day” on KMAX-TV in Sacramento to discuss knowing when it’s a cold, allergy, or symptoms of the coronavirus.

March 17, 2021

  • Jau Lee, MD, internal medicine, The Permanente Medical Group, commented on the partnerships needed for mass vaccination sites such as one in Suisun City in this story in the Daily Republic (Solano County, Calif.).

March 16, 2021

  • Heidi Meyer, MD, family medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, is quoted in this report on 7 San Diego KNSD TV about expanding eligibility for COVID vaccines.

March 14, 2021

  • Christine Choo, MD, internal medicine and critical care medicine, and Lori McMullen, MD, MPH, cardiology, both of Northwest Permanente, reflected on the mysterious COVID-19 case of Audrey Ellis in this NPR story.

March 1, 2021

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, commented on the availability of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine in Washington state in this KREM2TV (CBS) news report.
  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, discussed the convenience of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in this WXIA TV 11 (NBC) report in Atlanta.
  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, talked about the increased vaccine supply with the new Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine in this News10 (ABC) San Diego report.

February 26, 2021

  • Dan Huynh, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and Kaiser Permanente regional physician director of home care services, shared information about Kaiser Permanente’s Home Monitoring Program allowing COVID patients to recover at home in this ABC7 LA news segment.

February 25, 2021

  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, reflected on the one-year anniversary of treating the first COVID-19 patient in Oregon in this report from KGW8 (NBC) TV in Portland, Oregon.

February 23, 2021

  • Troy Baker, DO, allergy and immunology specialist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines in this WJLA7 (ABC) news segment in Washington, D.C.
  • Nailah Thompson, DO, internal medicine physician, The Permanente Medical Group, wrote a Q&A in the Post News Group in Oakland to answer some frequent questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

February 22, 2021

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, commented in this WSB-TV2 (ABC) report in Atlanta about the recent drop in COVID-19 cases.

February 17, 2021

  • Jennifer Chang, MD, family medicine and HIV specialist, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was a guest on WYPR “Midday” radio program in Baltimore talking about how California is coping with the recent COVID-19 surge.

February 12, 2021

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, was among experts quoted in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on ramping up research on U.S. variants of the coronavirus.
  • Matthew Lutch, MD, head-and-neck surgeon, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discussed the long-term effects of COVID-19 on patients’ throat and voice box in this KABC-TV report in Los Angeles.

February 8, 2021

  • Susanna Block, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, discussed how parents can ready their children for potential return to in-person schooling in this KOMO News radio report in Seattle.
  • Cynthia Burdick, MD, internal medicine, Washington Permanente Medical Group, and medical director for Medicare and Medicaid at Kaiser Permanente Washington, talked about how home health care workers need to focus on themselves too against the backdrop of the pandemic in this Spokesman-Review story in Spokane, Washington.
  • Richard McCarthy, MD, associate executive director and executive-in-charge, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, commented on the rapid adoption of telehealth and virtual care because of the pandemic in this WJLA (ABC) TV segment in Washington, D.C.
  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, provided a Q&A on the basics of the COVID-19 vaccines in this story in the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon.

February 5, 2021

  • James Greene, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, commented on this KXLY radio segment in Spokane, Washington, focused on the decline preventive screenings by women during the pandemic.
  • Keith Ogasawara, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, discussed the risks of COVID-19 and related vaccines for pregnant women in this KITV4 (ABC) segment in Honolulu.

February 3, 2021

  • Daisy Dodd, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, shared her views about reopening schools in this FOX11 (KTTV) segment in Los Angeles.
  • Shannon Makekau, MD, chief of Pulmonology, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, commented on a story about how coronavirus spreads in this Hawaii News Now TV segment in Honolulu.
  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, was quoted in a story about gathering after getting the COVID vaccine in this FOX12 (KPTV) segment in Portland.

January 28, 2021

  • Mona Gahunia, DO, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, wrote an article in The Daily Record in Baltimore about the science behind the COVID vaccines.
  • Esfandier Nasr, MD, family medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, commented in this KESQTV (ABC) report in Palm Springs, Calif., about the benefits of double masking.
  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this KQED (San Francisco) report about the declining COVID-19 cases in the San Francisco Bay Area.

January 27, 2021

  • Daisy Dodd, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, warned others to not jump to conclusions after a health care worker died after getting the vaccine in Orange County in this KTLA (Los Angeles) story.
  • Kendal Hamann, MD, endocrinologist, The Permanente Medical Group, commented in a story about expanded mass vaccination sites in Sonoma County in this Press Democrat (Santa Rosa) report.
  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discussed how he’s squeezing out an extra dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine in this KGTV News10 (San Diego) report.

January 26, 2021

  • Ashlee Williams, MD, internist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, participated in a WTOP News Radio online forum encouraging people of color to get the COVID vaccine in Washington, D.C.

January 23, 2021

  • Susanna Block, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, provides answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and whether children should get them in this Seattle’s Child story.

January 16, 2021

  • Nancy Gin, MD, medical director of Quality and Clinical Analysis, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discussed Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s plans for rolling out the vaccine in a story about getting vaccines to those 65 and older in the Los Angeles Times.

January 13, 2021

  • Stella Dantas, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist and associate medical director, Ambulatory and Convenient Care, Northwest Permanente, discussed Kaiser Permanente’s approach of using multi-disciplinary teams to care for “long-haulers” or COVID patients with long-term health issues in this KPTV FOX12 report in Portland, Oregon.
  • Lisa Denike, MD, chief of Pediatrics, Northwest Permanente, were among experts quoted in a story about the mental toll of the pandemic on children in this Oregonian story.
  • Mona Gahunia, DO, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, commented on a WTOP News Radio (Washington, D.C.) report about the need to remain cautious when visiting the elderly even after they’ve received a vaccination.
  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, was quoted about vaccines keeping up with the changing variants of the coronavirus in an overall story about the challenges of getting a COVID vaccine in this FOX5 TV report in Atlanta.

January 11, 2021

  • Robert Azevedo, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, The Permanente Medical Group, and physician-in-chief, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, did an interview with the Sacramento Bee about the preparations for a surge of cases.

January 6, 2021

  • Daisy Dodd, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in Livestrong.com on the topic of what to do after a COVID-19 diagnosis.

January 5, 2021

  • Craig Robbins, MD, MPH, family medicine physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, commented on Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s vaccine rollout efforts in this Bloomberg opinion piece.
  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, discussed the logistical challenges of providing the COVID-19 vaccine in this KGW8TV (NBC) report in Portland, Oregon.
  • Jennifer Weiss, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was among the experts quoted on remote learning tips for children in this Parents magazine story.

December 22

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, discussed the reasons why flu cases are down in Colorado in this KUSA News9 TV segment in Denver.

December 21

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, sits on the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and commented on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in this KING5 TV report in Seattle.

December 18

  • Timothy Jenkins, MD, gastroenterologist, Southern California Permanente Medical Group; and area medical director, Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino, shared his enthusiasm on getting the COVID-19 vaccine in this Fontana (Calif.) Herald News story.

December 17

  • Peter Barkett, MD, internist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, penned a column in the Kitsap Sun in Washington state on the 20 things you can do for your health before the end of 2020.
  • Piero Garzaro, MD, infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this AP report on the effects of the current surge of COVID-19 cases in California.
  • Mona Gahunia, DO, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, explained the timeline of the vaccine distribution to the public in this WUSA9 (CBS) TV report in Washington, D.C.
  • Nancy Gin, MD, medical director of Quality and Clinical Analysis, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was among health experts quoted in this New York Times story about the lack of intensive care units in California during the current surge of cases.

December 16

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, penned a guest column for the Greeley Tribune in Fort Collins, Colo., about what we know about the new COVID-19 vaccine.

December 15

  • John Belko, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist, The Permanente Medical Group, joined a Fresno Bee live Q&A on the safety and efficacy of the new COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Mona Gahunia, DO, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente and the thawing process in this WUSA9 (CBS) TV report in Washington, D.C.

December 13

  • Lisa Denike, MD, chief of Pediatrics, Northwest Permanente, was interviewed about the increase of childhood obesity during the pandemic in this CBS4 Miami TV report.
  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, was quoted in this Seattle Times report on the safety of COVID-19 vaccine as it begins to rollout across the country.

December 9

  • Katie Sharff, MD, infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, was quoted in this KPTV Fox12 report on vaccinations.

December 8

  • Humaira Siddiqi, MD, psychiatrist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, contributes a column helping women deal with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic in this Northern Virginia magazine article.

December 7

  • Alex McDonald, MD, family medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was among health care workers on the front lines sharing their experiences during the recent California surge of COVID-19 cases in this KQED Forum report in San Francisco.

December 6

  • Lisa Denike, MD, chief of Pediatrics, Northwest Permanente, writes a column in The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore., about the troubling signs of increasing childhood obesity during the pandemic.

December 5

  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed how the organization is preparing for a new surge of COVID-19 cases in this KCBS Radio report in San Francisco.

December 3

  • Richard McCarthy, MD, associate executive director and executive-in-charge, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, contributed a reader’s note encouraging people to give thanks to health care workers during the holiday season in the Baltimore Sun.

November 18

  • Daisy Dodd, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, commented on the recent surge and how the pandemic is affecting holiday plans in this KCAL9 (CBS) TV report in Los Angeles.

November 17

  • Susanna Block, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, shared concerns about childhood obesity increasing during the pandemic in this KOMO TV (ABC) report in Seattle.
  • Umber Chohan, MD, infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, offered tips on how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving during the pandemic in this Fontana (Calif.) Herald-News story.

November 16

  • Paula Ardron, MD, physician with Southern California Permanente Medical Group and chief of Allergy and Immunology at Kaiser Permanente in Bakersfield, Calif., discussed how to safely gather for the holidays in the story in the Bakersfield Californian.

November 15

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, was quoted about the prospects of a COVID-19 vaccine in this Seattle Times story.

November 12

  • Peter Barkett, MD, internal medicine, Washington Permanente Medical Group, talked about how health care organizations are responding to a surge and what people can do in this News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) report.
  • Daisy Dodd, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, were among experts quoted in a story about increasing cases in California in this Pasadena Now story.
  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, discussed the challenges of another surge in Georgia during this WSB-TV (Atlanta) report.

November 9

  • Randy Bergen, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist, The Permanente Medical Group, was among local experts discussing how a COVID-19 vaccine would be distributed in this KGOTV (ABC) news report in San Francisco.

November 2

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, discussed implications of a potential winter surge of COVID-19 cases in this WSB-TV (Atlanta) segment.

October 29

October 27

  • Tarquin Collis, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, appeared on Hawaii News Now in Honolulu in this two part TV interview where he discussed the recent COVID-19 outbreak on the island of Lanai and then about vaccine research in the state.
  • Poornima Kunani, MD, pediatrician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, offered tips for parents on what to do when their children return to in-person classes in this Bakersfield Californian story.

October 26

  • Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, program director of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, writes a column about avoiding a “twindemic,” encouraging flu vaccines during the pandemic in this Newnan Times-Herald post in Newnan, Georgia.
  • Michael Mason, MD, geriatrician, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed older adults feeling isolated and ongoing risks at nursing homes in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the pandemic’s effects on seniors.
  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, offered perspectives on potential COVID-19 vaccines in this 7 San Diego KNSD TV report.

October 23

  • Theresa Devere, MD, chief of Dermatology, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, talked about “maskne” and other skin conditions in this Hawaii Public Radio segment.

October 19

  • Mona Gahunia, DO, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed pandemic fatigue and the challenges of maintaining restrictions to curb the coronavirus during the winter season in this WUSA9 TV report in Washington, D.C.

October 16

  • Mona Gahunia, DO, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, offered tips on how to safely gather with family for Thanksgiving in this report by WJLA TV (ABC) in Washington, D.C.

September 30

  • Daisy Dodd, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this Los Angeles Times story about COVID-19 and flu symptoms.

September 24

  • Kimberly Petrick, MD, family medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, discusses the effects and harm of alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic in this Los Cerritos (Calif.) Community News story.

September 22

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, shared information about flu season and COVID-19 in this KOMO News Radio report in Seattle.
  • Mason Turner, MD, psychiatrist, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, joined “The Body Show” on Hawaii Public Radio for National Suicide Prevention Month, discussing coping with mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 18

  • Ameya Kulkarni, MD, interventional cardiologist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, gave insights on a recent JAMA study that suggested COVID-19 patients may have lingering effects on the heart in this WTOP News Radio (Washington, D.C.) report.

September 17

  • Susanna Block, MD, pediatrician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, offered tips on how to help children balance screen time with more remote learning in this Seattle’s Child story.

September 15

  • Trisha Hiserote, DO, family medicine physician with The Permanente Medical Group, talked about the ramping up of telehealth services during the pandemic in this North Bay Business Journal story in Santa Rosa, Calif.

August 31

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, discussed the importance of immunization for children as they return to school, even with remote learning, during the pandemic in this KOMO News Radio report in Seattle.

August 30

  • David Bronstein, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was among experts quoted in this Los Angeles Times story on what to know about the flu season and COVID-19.

August 19

  • Robert Azevedo, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, The Permanente Medical Group, and physician-in-chief, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, was among the guests on an episode of CapRadio in Sacramento about talking about virtual care as an option for navigating self care during a pandemic.

August 14

  • Tarquin Collis, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, discussed the stigma felt by COVID-19 patients in this Honolulu magazine story.

August 12

  • Peter Barkett, MD, internal medicine, Washington Permanente Medical Group, wrote a column on the importance of mask wearing in the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Washington.

August 11

  • Randy Bergen, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist and flu clinical lead, The Permanente Medical Group, talked about the importance of getting a flu shot during a pandemic in the San Francisco Chronicle.

August 9

  • Kate Land, MD, pediatrician, The Permanente Medical Group, wrote a column on how to make it easier for kids to wear masks in the Daily Republic in Fairfield, Calif.

August 8

  • Wendolyn Gozansky, MD, a geriatrician who is also vice president and chief quality officer, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in this Denver Post story about the increase in deaths from conditions such as heart disease and overdose during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 30

  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed turnaround times for COVID-19 test results in the San Jose Mercury News.

July 21

  • Nancy Daisy Dodd, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, appeared on ABC7 (Los Angeles) “Ask a Doctor” live stream about whether children are “super spreaders” of the coronavirus.

July 20

  • Peter Barkett, MD, internal medicine, Washington Permanente Medical Group, discussed summer travel planning during the pandemic in this Public News Service report.

July 12

  • David Witt, MD, infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, warned about testing capacity as COVID-19 cases increases in California in this Cal Matters blog post.

July 10

  • Michele Arthurs, MD, family medicine physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, offered tips for staying healthy at home during the pandemic in this WTOP News Radio (Washington, D.C.) report.

July 7

  • Todd Newton, MD, emergency medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and medical director, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, commented in this story in the Voice of OC about the surge of COVID-19 cases in Orange County, Calif.

July 2

  • Mitul Patel, MD, pediatrician, The Permanente Medical Group, provided tips to parents on how to keep their children active in the summer during the pandemic in this ABC30 (Fresno) TV report.

June 30

  • Hector De Leon, MD, pediatrician and assistant medical director of Pediatrics, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, offered tips on keeping safe with summer activities and going back to school in the fall during a pandemic in this interview on KOA News Radio in Denver.
  • Rajiv Misquitta, MD, internal medicine physician and director of Lifestyle Medicine at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, joined other experts discussing how people can keep up with their fitness routine while staying home in this MarketWatch report.

June 26

  • Scott Itano, MD, family medicine physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, talked about the COVID-19 risks for men who are likely not to wear masks in this Public News Service (Seattle) report.

June 23

  • Heather Goff, MD, clinical psychiatrist, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, joined “The Body Show” on Hawaii Public Radio to discuss the mental health effects of the pandemic, especially among children and adolescents. Listen here.

June 22

  • Caryn Avery, MD, pediatrics hospitalist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, offered tips and advice to parents on what to do if they have to bring their children into the hospital for care during the pandemic in this Seattle’s Child story.

June 21

  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed the increasing COVID-19 cases in California in the San Francisco Chronicle.

June 18

  • Saadia Griffith-Howard, MD, infectious disease physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, offered advice on what to consider when making a hair appointment in this report on The Healthy website.

June 17

  • Ethan Cutts, MD, pediatrician, The Permanente Medical Group, offered tips to parents about what to consider when thinking of sending their children to summer camp in this Fox40 (Sacramento) TV report.
  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, commented on a story looking at the increased number of young adult COVID-19 patients in this KNSD7 TV report in San Diego.
  • David Witt, MD, infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed how wearing masks play a key role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in this report on KTVU Fox2 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

June 16

  • Karen Dodge, MD, internal medicine physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, talked about telling the difference between symptoms from Lyme disease and COVID-19 in this WTOP News (Washington, D.C.) radio report.

June 13

  • Cynthia Burdick, MD, internal medicine physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, talked about how telehealth can help doctors and care teams connect with geriatric patients in this Seattle Times report.

June 12

  • Smita Rouillard, MD, associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed how TPMG will restart elective surgeries at Kaiser Permanente medical centers in Northern California as part of this story on the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s news site.

June 9

  • Mary Giswold, MD, associate medical director of hospital and post-acute care, Northwest Permanente, was among five medical directors from Oregon health organizations discussing how their views on health care have changed since COVID-19 in this Lund Report.

June 4

  • Hector De Leon, MD, pediatrician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, shared advice on how to tell if your child’s cough is related to COVID-19 in Parents.
  • Farzaneh Sabi, MD, associate medical director, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States region’s use of telehealth to fight COVID-19 in this Northern Virginia news story.
  • Ejaz A. Shamim, MD, neurologist and chief of Neurology, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, shared how Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States region is keeping patients safe as they return to medical offices for in-person visits in this Neurology Today story.

May 29

  • John Eisenach, MD, anesthesiologist, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, talked about convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19 patients and the Colorado COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project Consortium in this Colorado Public Radio report.

May 28

  • Abbie Miller, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist and behavioral health specialist, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, provide advice on managing work-life balance in the new era of COVID-19 in this BizWest (Northern Colorado) report.

May 26

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, was quoted in this Seattle Times story about how parents should still bring their children in for vaccines during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Vincent Liu, MD, intensivist, The Permanente Medical Group, and research scientist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Northern California, commented on a study he co-authored that compared data of COVID-19 patients in China and Kaiser Permanente patients in two states in this San Jose Mercury News story.

May 25

  • John Shan, OD, chief of Optometry, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, provided tips on how to avoid eye strain from too much screen time in this Santa Clarita Valley Signal story.
  • Jacek Skarbinski, MD, infectious disease physician and HIV specialist, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed clinical trials of selinexor in the San Francisco Chronicle.

May 22

  • Jonathan Blum, MD, infectious disease specialist, The Permanente Medical Group, offered tips on staying safe and shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted in this Palo Alto Online report.

May 17

  • Rebecca S. Boxer, MD, MS, medical director of clinical trials, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research in Colorado, was among experts quoted about the use of plasma donations in treating COVID-19 patients in this Denver Post report.
  • Neeraj Mendiratta, MD, internal medicine physician and chief of continuum care, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, offered advice on helping people go through grief during the pandemic in this WTOP Radio report in Washington, D.C.

May 15

  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and assistant area medical director, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, commented on a video from Japan showing how easily a virus can spread in a buffet setting in this ABC10 TV news report in San Diego.

May 14

  • Yara Delgado, MD, family medicine physician, Northwest Permanente, discussed the potential reasons for inequity of care in Marion County in Oregon in this Salem Reporter story.
  • Tara Greenhow, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed a rare, mysterious disease affecting children that may be linked to COVID-19 in this San Francisco Chronicle story.
  • Stephen Parodi, MD, associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, was among experts quoted about preparing for flu season against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic in this San Francisco Chronicle story (subscription required).

May 13

  • Peter Barkett, MD, internist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, penned a column in the Kitsap Sun in Washington state with helpful tips about seasonal allergies.
  • Graciela Faiad, MD, infectious disease physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was among the experts discussing the importance of wearing masks in public in this Orange County Register story.
  • Tara Greenhow, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed a rare, mysterious disease affecting children that may be linked to COVID-19 in this KRON-TV report in San Francisco.
  • John Strickler, MD, dermatologist, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, wrote a column about telehealth during COVID-19 in the Marietta Daily Journal in Georgia.
  • Mabel Wong, MD, obstetrics-gynecologist, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, talked about how Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is keeping pregnant women safe during the COVID-19 outbreak in this KHON2-TV report in Honolulu.

May 12

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, was quoted in a Seattle Times editorial encouraging parents to bring children into the doctor’s office for vaccinations even during a time of social distancing.
  • Jay Ishida, MD, emergency medicine physician, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, discussed why some people are avoiding getting emergency care during the COVID-19 pandemic in this Hawaii Public Radio report.
  • Michael Schwartzwald, MD, emergency medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and chief of service for Emergency Medical Services, Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino area, was one of 10 frontline health care workers featured in this Press-Enterprise story.

May 6

  • Rajiv Misquitta, MD, internist, The Permanente Medical Group, and director of Lifestyle Medicine at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, discussed the importance of exercising during stay-at-home policies in this Next Avenue story published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
  • Smita Rouillard, MD, associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, commented on how Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa is preparing to safely begin providing elective procedures in this Santa Rosa Press-Democrat story.

May 5

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, offers caution as Washington state begins to loosen some restrictions of its stay-at-home policy in this KIRO TV report.
  • Heather Goff, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, commented in this Hawaii News Now TV report on Zoom fatigue while people work from home.
  • Babak “Bobby” Saedi, MD, pulmonologist, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, participated in a virtual town hall hosted by the city of Calabasas (California) on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the town hall in this Patch report.
  • William Tseng, MD, internal medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and assistant area medical director, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, discussed the effectiveness of coronavirus testing in this NBC7 San Diego report.

May 4

  • Ashok Shimoji-Krishnan, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, and chief of Adolescent Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Washington, offered tips to help keep children thinking positively during the coronavirus pandemic in this National Geographic story.

May 1

  • Stella Dantas, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist and associate medical director, Ambulatory and Convenient Care, Northwest Permanente, was among physicians quoted in this report from KTVL News10 in Medford, Oregon.
  • Barbara Detering, MD, senior medical director of Clinical Operations, Washington Permanente Medical Group, discussed the expansion of coronavirus testing at Kaiser Permanente Washington in this report on KUOW public radio station.
  • Paula Whittington, MD, an allergy, asthma, and immunology physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, offered advice on telling the difference between seasonal allergies and coronavirus symptoms in this report on WJZ, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore.

April 30

  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease physician and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed how COVID-19 affects various vital organs in this San Francisco Chronicle special report (subscription may be required).

April 29

  • John Dunn, MD, pediatrician with Washington Permanente Medical Group and medical director for Preventive Care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, wrote a column in Seattle’s Child reminding parents to still come in for their children’s immunizations despite the current pandemic.
  • Thomas Rehring, MD, cardiologist, vice president and chief experience officer, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, on Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s increase use of telehealth during the outbreak, including an uptick in video visits in this KUSA9-TV Denver news report.

April 28

  • Laurel Berg, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Northwest Permanente, talks about starting a non-profit to produce isolation gowns in this Willamette Week story.
  • Joshua Weil, MD, emergency medicine physician with The Permanente Medical Group and lead physician for emergency preparedness at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa, was joined by Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma area manager Tarek Salaway on a video panel with Northern California Public Media discussing care so far during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 23

  • Stephen Parodi, MD, associate executive director and infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, was a guest on KQED Forum podcast to discuss the status of elective surgeries at Kaiser Permanente.

April 22

  • Ashok Shimoji-Krishnan, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, and chief of Adolescent Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Washington, wrote a column in Seattle’s Child on how to talk to children about the coronavirus pandemic.

April 21

  • Jeffrey Benabio, MD, MBA, chief of Dermatology, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, offers advice for health care workers to cope with stress during the pandemic in this column for Dermatology News.

April 19

  • Rebecca Boxer, MD, MS, geriatrician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, and medical director of Clinical Trials, Kaiser Permanente Institute of Health Research in Colorado, was featured in a report about plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients in this story on KOAA News 5 in Southern Colorado.

April 16

  • Rebecca Boxer, MD, MS, geriatrician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, and medical director of Clinical Trials, Kaiser Permanente Institute of Health Research in Colorado, discussed research looking into the use of convalescent plasma from COVID-19 survivors as a potential treatment. See more in this Denver 5280 Magazine article.
  • Stephen Parodi, MD, infectious disease leader and associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, was quoted in a Daily Republic (Fairfield/Suisun City, Calif.) story about the decline of emergency room visits during the pandemic.
  • Dennis Truong, MD, regional telemedicine director, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, and assistant physician-in-chief for Northern Virginia at Kaiser Permanente, answered some questions from Tysons Reporter in Virginia about providing care during the COVID-19 crisis.

April 15

  • Peter Barkett, MD, internist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, penned a column in the Kitsap Sun in Washington state providing a physician’s perspective to social distancing.
  • Ashok Shimoji-Krishnan, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Washington Permanente Medical Group, and chief of Adolescent Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Washington, wrote a column in Seattle’s Child on how parents can help adolescents cope with the changes from the coronavirus pandemic.

April 14

  • Ari Melmed, MD, medical director of Telehealth, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, discussed Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s growth in telehealth (video, chats, and email) since the coronavirus outbreak in this Colorado Sun article.

April 13

  • Sheila Jhansale, MD, internist, Northwest Permanente, wrote a column in the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon, about using telehealth to meet your health care needs while staying at home.

April 9

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, offered guidance with other experts in this Denver Post article about what to do if you live with someone with mild coronavirus symptoms.

April 8

  • Paul Lewis, MD, MPH, pediatric infectious disease physician, Northwest Permanente, penned an opinion piece in the Oregonian in Portland on 5 medical milestones to look for on the horizon to a return to normalcy.

April 7

  • David Witt, MD, infectious disease physician, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed when Kaiser Permanente members can visit for in-person care and virtual care options in this Santa Clarita Valley Signal story.
  • Winston Wong, MD, medical director of Community Benefit at The Permanente Federation and Kaiser Permanente’s medical director for Community Benefit, was quoted among other experts about bias against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 crisis in this Bloomberg City Lab report.

April 6

  • Amy Banulis, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, contributed a column on what expectant mothers should know about the coronavirus in Northern Virginia magazine.
  • Scott Cutro, MD, chief of Infectious Disease, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, offered advice about wearing masks in this Marietta Daily Journal story in Georgia.
  • Sheila Jhansale, MD, internist, Northwest Permanente, wrote a column in the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon, about how to manage your health care during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Kerstin Rosen, MD, pediatrician, The Permanente Medical Group, and Smita Rouillard, MD, associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, discussed how Dr. Rosen contributed designs for a face shield now being produced by Apple in this San Jose Mercury News story.

April 4

  • Jessica August, MD, and Shu Yang, MD, both infectious disease physicians with The Permanente Medical Group who work at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, were profiled in this Santa Rosa Press Democrat story about the important role of infectious disease physicians during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Wendolyn Gozansky, MD, a geriatrician who is also vice president and chief quality officer, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, offered advice on how people can stay connected with their older loved ones during the pandemic in this Fox Denver TV report.

April 2

  • Fatu Forna, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, and Susan Reines, MD, pediatrician, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, were quoted in an Atlantic Journal-Constitution story about effects COVID-19 has on various patients, from pregnant women to children.
  • Wendolyn Gozansky, MD, vice president and chief quality officer, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, discussed plans to retrain certain specialists and primary care physicians to support work at the hospitals seeing a surge in COVID-19 patients in this Colorado Public Radio report.

April 1

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, was quoted among experts discussing whether vaping and smoking can worsen conditions for COVID-19 patients in this ABC7 Denver Channel report.

March 30

  • Paul Dohrenwend, MD, emergency medicine physician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and assistant chief of Emergency Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, writes an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) on how nurses are the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Rahul Parikh, MD, pediatrician, The Permanente Medical Group in Northern California, on the boom in telemedicine in the San Francisco Chronicle.

March 27

  • Afif El-Hasan, MD, pediatrician, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, explained the science behind the coronavirus during a webinar sponsored by the Capistrano Unified School District, as reported in the Capistrano Dispatch.
  • Susan Taylor-Pilarski, MD, family medicine physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, shared tips about grocery shopping during the coronavirus outbreak in this Women’s Health story.

March 26

  • Farzaneh Sabi, MD, associate medical director, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, discussed Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States region’s growth of telemedicine during the coronavirus in this Baltimore Business Journal report.

March 21

  • Vipul Singh, MD, pulmonologist, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, joined his wife on the local Fox News station in Atlanta, talking about how they’re connecting with their neighbors and calming anxiety by building awareness about the coronavirus in this broadcast report.

March 20

  • Eric Macy, MD, an allergist-immunologist, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was among experts quoted in this Medscape report about how asthma patients needed to continue their preventive medication during this time of coronavirus.

March 19

  • Angie Sparks, MD, family medicine physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, talked about Kaiser Permanente Washington’s drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in a KIRO7 report in Seattle.
  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, addressed Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s clinics closure as part of an overall plan to manage health care resources, and how patients can receive care through virtual visits in the Denver Post.

March 18

  • Nancy Gin, MD, medical director of Quality and Clinical Analysis, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, answered a FOX11 (Los Angeles) reporter’s question on whether adults older than 65 should self-isolate in this broadcast story.
  • Siobhan Gray, MD, internal medicine physician, Northwest Permanente, discussed how Kaiser Permanente’s virtual cardiac rehabilitation helps with social distancing in this KOIN TV broadcast in Portland.

March 17

  • Nancy Gin, MD, medical director of Quality and Clinical Analysis, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, shared how Kaiser Permanente Southern California is ramping up its coronavirus testing capacity in this Orange County Register story.
  • Don Mordecai, MD, psychiatrist with The Permanente Medical Group and national leader for Mental Health and Wellness at Kaiser Permanente, provided helpful information on coping with the coronavirus in the San Francisco Chronicle.

March 16

  • Tarquin K. Collis, MD, chief of Infectious Disease, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, was a guest on “The Body Show” on Hawaii Public Radio, explaining to listeners how the coronavirus spreads. Listen here.
  • Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, internal medicine physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, and senior investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, updated the AP in this story on the first administering of test shots for a coronavirus vaccine being led by the research institute in Seattle.
  • David Ward, MD, medical director and family medicine physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, discussed Kaiser Permanente Washington’s move to telemedicine visits in a KREM2 TV report (Spokane, Washington) on how area hospitals are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 14

  • Amy N. Duckro, DO, infectious disease physician, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, explained the value of telehealth services such as video visits during the coronavirus pandemic in this Colorado Public Radio report.

March 12

  • Paul Minardi, MD, president and executive medical director, Washington Permanente Medical Group, shared in the Seattle Times that Kaiser Permanente Washington has seen an increase in virtual visits as the organization turns to telehealth services during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Katie Ryder, MD, family medicine physician, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, offered tips on how to talk to children about the coronavirus in National Geographic.