About the Regional Research Committee

The Regional Research Committee reviews proposals and allocates funds from Kaiser Permanente’s Direct to Community Benefit Investment fund for worthwhile research. This fund is provided from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the regional Permanente Medical Groups. It represents an investment by Kaiser Permanente to contribute broadly to societal knowledge on issues in clinical effectiveness of different care programs and health care delivery. In Southern California, $600,000 is available annually for investigator-initiated research.

Want to learn more about the Regional Research Committee? Read our FAQ or contact us.

 

Personnel

Download a printable list of committee members.

Regional Research Committee

Dr. Bechien Wu headshot

Bechien U. Wu, MD

Chair (since 2018)
Stephanie Tovar headshot

Stephanie Tovar, MS

Project Manager

Antelope Valley

Dr. Jonathan Truong headshot

Jonathan Hien Truong, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2015)

David Bronstein, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2019)

Baldwin Park

Dr. Gaurav Khanna headshot

Gaurav Khanna, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2012)

Bobeck Modjtahedi, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2019)

Downey

Dr. Eugene Chu headshot

Eugene A. Chu, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2015)
Dr. Rajeev Attam headshot

Rajeev Attam, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2018)

Fontana/San Bernardino

Dr. Steve Lee headshot

Steve S. Lee, DO

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2016)

Los Angeles

Dr. John Sim headshot

John J. Sim, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2012)
Dr. Mingsum Lee headshot

Mingsum, Lee, MD, PhD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2021)

Orange County

Dr. Emily Whitcomb headshot

Emily L. Whitcomb, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2021)
Vice Area Research Chair (2017-2020)
Dr. Patrick Van Winkle headshot

Patrick J. Van Winkle, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2021)
Area Research Chair (2008-2020)

Panorama City

Dr. Shireen Fatemi headshot

Shireen Fatemi, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2007)

David Manela, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2019)

Regional Laboratory

Darryl Palmer-Toy, MD, PhD

Area Research Chair

Riverside/Palm Springs

Dr. Rachid Elkoustaf headshot

Rachid A Elkoustaf, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2018)
Dr. Vivienne Hau headshot

Vivienne S Hau, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2018)

San Diego

Dr. Shawn Menefee headshot

Shawn A Menefee, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2017)

Marco Tomassi, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2020)

South Bay

Dr. Bradley Ackerson headshot

Bradley K. Ackerson, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2006)
Dr. William Crawford headshot

William W. Crawford, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2012)

West Los Angeles/Kern

Dr. Michael Fassett headshot

Michael J. Fassett, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2007)
Dr. Daniel Lang headshot

Daniel T. Lang, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2010)

Woodland Hills/Ventura

Dr. Lester Thompson headshot

Lester D. Thompson, MD

Area Research Chair (since 2015)
Dr. Armen Aboulian headshot

Armen Aboulian, MD

Vice Area Research Chair (since 2016)

Research & Evaluation

Dr. Deborah Young headshot

Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, MBA

Calendar

Full Committee Review
Funding Support: $8,000–$55,000

Fall: Traditional Grant – Open to all (Funding period: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022)
Letter of Intent Due Proposal Development RRC Proposal Due RRC Review Meeting RRC Decision Letter
Friday, Aug. 6, 2021
Deadline: 11:59 p.m.
Aug. 6 – Sept. 10, 2021 Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
Deadline: 11:59 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
Fall: RRC-GME Research Program Development Grant (Funding period: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022)
This grant is intended to support GME faculty who are interested in leading and developing research programs on a topic of interest.
Letter of Intent Due Proposal Development RRC Proposal Due RRC Review Meeting RRC Decision Letter
Friday, Aug. 6, 2021
Deadline: 11:59 p.m.
Aug. 6 – Sept. 10, 2021 Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
Deadline: 11:59 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

For assistance, email Regional-Research-Committee@kp.org

Download a printable version of the calendar.

 

RRC Review Process

The Regional Research Committee is accepting letters of intent for the fall funding cycle. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is Friday, August 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Please use the appropriate template below for your submission.

Letter of Intent for Traditional Grant (open to all)

Letter of Intent for RRC-Graduate Medical Education Research Program Development Grant (open to GME faculty only)

 

Terms and conditions of award

The total project period for each award is one year. Regional Research Committee funding awards range between $8,000 and $55,000 (maximum). Reasonable travel expenses, necessary to the conduct of the project, are allowed. Funds for books and equipment are not allowed.

The award also does not provide salary support for personnel employed at other institutions. Reimbursement for physician time is not provided. With permission of their chief of service, physicians can spend their educational half-day and educational leave doing research. It should be remembered that each physician involved in research projects, regardless of source of funding, must have local administrative clearance for time involved in the form of signatures from the chief of service and area medical director.

Eligibility criteria

SCPMG partner or full-time associate physicians, residents, fellows, or full-time Kaiser Permanente employees can apply for RRC funding. Full-time staff in the Department of Research & Evaluation and other regional departments are not eligible.

Funding guidelines
The RRC allocates funds for studies that add to the evidence base for high-quality medical care. Funding is available to support small, scale pilot studies and data review studies. RRC funding awards range between $8,000 and $55,000 (maximum limit). Physician time must be donated to the project. Funding support is available for one year. Only one project may be funded within 12 months. An investigator or team of investigators are not allowed to have separate studies funded by the RRC in the same funding cycle or overlapping funding cycles. During the 12-month funding period, all study-related activities must be completed, including all analyses.

If you have questions, please contact us at Regional-Research-Committee@kp.org

Researcher of the Year

Each year, the Southern California Permanente Medical Group recognizes a physician or surgeon for their outstanding contribution to research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

Dr. Shireen Fatemi headshot

Shireen Fatemi, MD, FACE, FACP, and endocrinologist at the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, was named 2020 Researcher of the Year.

Dr. Fatemi is the chief of Endocrinology and area research chair at Panorama City. She is an assistant professor of clinical science at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Read more about Dr. Fatemi and the Researcher of the Year award.

 

Previous Researchers of the Year

Brian S. Lim, MD (2019)
Gastroenterology
Riverside Medical Center
John J. Sim, MD (2012)
Nephrology
Los Angeles Medical Center
Lester D. Thompson, MD (2018)
Pathology
Woodland Hills Medical Center
Neal M. Lonkey, MD (2011)
Obstetrics-Gynecology
Orange County Medical Center
Gary W. Chien, MD (2017)
Urology
Los Angeles Medical Center
Malcolm G. Munro, MD (2010)
Obstetrics-Gynecology
Los Angeles Medical Center
Gerald D. Levy, MD (2016)
Rheumatology
Downey Medical Center
Maher Abbas, MD (2009)
Surgery
Los Angeles Medical Center
Donald S. Fong, MD (2015)
Ophthalmology
Baldwin Park Medical Center
Albert Yuh-Jer Shen, MD (2008)
Cardiology
Los Angeles Medical Center
Robert S. Namba, MD (2014)
Orthopedics
Orange County Medical Center
Michael Schatz, MD (2007)
Allergy
San Diego Medical Center
Jashin J. Wu, MD (2013)
Dermatology
Los Angeles Medical Center