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 the coronavirus and update Kaiser Permanente members and patients about receiving care. The following Permanente physicians were quoted in media reports.

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.