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.

March 30

  • 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.