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Podcast: Leading and innovating during a turning point for medicine


Ramin Davidoff, MD, discusses embracing challenges and excelling in a new normal

Ramin Davidoff, MD, co-CEO of The Permanente Federation, came to the United States as a child after his family fled from Iran to escape the threat of violence and antisemitism. In the latest episode of the Permanente Medicine Podcast with Chris Grant, Dr. Davidoff shares insights on how he became a Permanente physician and ultimately assumed leadership positions during this pivotal time of the COVID-19 pandemic, significant social change, and a major shift in the practice of medicine.

In conversation with Grant, the Federation’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, Dr. Davidoff discusses his inspiring path to becoming a physician leader, health care innovation, and why one of his role models is the character Hawkeye Pierce from the classic television show M*A*S*H.

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After completing his residency training in urology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in 1998, Dr. Davidoff remained with SCPMG at Baldwin Park Medical Center. He went on to hold prominent roles including assistant area medical director and member of the SCPMG board of directors. He now serves as executive medical director and chair of the board for Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and chair of the board and CEO of the Hawaii and The Southeast Permanente Medical Groups.

“It’s important to find that right balance of acting quickly and rationally and also being willing and courageous enough to ask for help and support when you need it.”

— Ramin Davidoff, MD

Listen to the podcast above, watch on YouTube, or download on iTunes. Connect with Dr. Davidoff on Twitter at @RaminDavidoff and Grant at @cmgrant.

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