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William Towner, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Regional Physician Director
Principal Investigator, Infectious Diseases

Dr. William Towner is the regional physician director for Clinical Trials and leads the Clinician Investigator Program for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He also serves in a leadership role for HIV Services for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. He has been extensively involved in research on infectious diseases since 2000. His current clinical trial research focuses on HIV, ...

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Advancing treatments through clinical trials

Over the years, clinical trials have led to amazing advances in treatment—even cures—for devastating illnesses. William Towner, MD, FACP, FIDSA, regional physician director for clinical trials, describes how trials at Kaiser Permanente contribute to the development of more effective and safer treatments for diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C, cancer, and more. (2:15)


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Risk of blood clots more than 3-fold higher in hospitalized adults with COVID-19

Hospitalized adults who have COVID-19 are more than 3 times as likely to develop a blood clot than adults who do not have COVID-19, according to new research from Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Kaiser Permanente Northern California. The study published July 20 in CHEST found Black patients as well as patients who had obesity, ...

5 questions for … Dr. Erin Hahn

Erin E. Hahn, PHD, MPH, is a health services researcher and implementation scientist. Her primary research interests are quality of care in oncology and the implementation of evidence-informed practices. She is particularly interested in the care of cancer survivors after their initial cancer treatment. Dr. Hahn joined the Department of Research & Evaluation as the ...

Rates of heart failure deaths lower at Kaiser Permanente Southern California than U.S.

A Kaiser Permanente Southern California research study found lower rates of heart failure mortality within the integrated health care system compared to the country as a whole. “In our study, we analyzed the overall rates of death attributable to heart failure throughout the state of California and United States, and then compared that to what ...

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center joins COVID-19 vaccine trial for children

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center is participating in a clinical trial for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 6 months to less than 12 years. The KidCOVE study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273), which is the same vaccine that was given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in ...

Marking Clinical Trials Day 2021 with gratitude

On this day—May 20, 2021, aka Clinical Trials Day—we have more reasons than ever to celebrate the Kaiser Permanente Southern California clinical trials team. We began our COVID-19 clinical trials research with the remdesivir trial in March 2020. We were a top enroller in that study. Since then, our clinical trials program has participated in ...


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Health Services Research & Implementation Science

Our health services researchers bring together scientific and clinical expertise to find better ways to improve care.

Investigators with the Division of Health Services Research & Implementation Science study how care is delivered, identify opportunities for care improvement, and implement new approaches for organizing and delivering health services. The division brings together scientists with diverse expertise and training, including emergency medicine, epidemiology, health services research, implementation science, internal medicine, nursing, pharmaceutical economics, and pulmonology.

The division is home to the Care Improvement Research Team, a research team embedded within Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s quality improvement ecosystem. The team works closely with clinical and operational partners at Kaiser Permanente Southern California to identify, prioritize, and solve problems related to quality and affordability. Its goal is to reduce unnecessary practice variation, improve affordability, and transform care.