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As a research center embedded within Kaiser Permanente’s large and dynamic health care system, our investigators have a unique opportunity to apply scientific expertise to real-world clinical problems, translate findings into practice, and share what we learn with the broader community.

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Michael K. Gould, MD, MS
Division of Health Services Research & Implementation Science

Dr. Michael Gould is a pulmonologist and health services researcher with longstanding interests in the care of patients with respiratory disease, venous thromboembolism, and lung cancer. He leads the Care Improvement Research Team, which conducts both externally funded and operationally focused research. CIRT is deeply embedded in the delivery system ...


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Dr. Brian Lim named SCPMG Physician Researcher of the Year

Physicians and researchers gathered for a celebratory dinner in Pasadena on Thursday, December 12, to recognize Southern California Permanente Medical Group physician researchers. Capping off the evening was the presentation of the 2019 Physician Researcher of the Year award, which went to Brian Lim, MD, MS, MAS (Clinical Research), a gastroenterologist from the Riverside Medical ...

Cancer Clinical Trials office opens in Ontario

The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Cancer Clinical Trials Access Program (CCTAP) opened a new office at the Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 17. “Cancer patients in Ontario will now have easier access to cutting-edge clinical trials and many of the promising new drugs not otherwise available,” said Han ...

Severe morning sickness associated with higher risk of autism

Children whose mothers had hyperemesis gravidarum — a severe form of a morning sickness — during pregnancy were 53% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to Kaiser Permanente research published in the American Journal of Perinatology. “This study is important because it suggests that children born to women with hyperemesis may ...

Five questions for Dr. Claudia Nau

Investigator Claudia Nau, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, recently published a commentary on the role of predictive models in supporting a comprehensive national Kaiser Permanente social needs strategy. How do social needs affect health? Social needs include things such as whether people have time and money to buy ...

Online physician ratings may not be accurate

The physician ratings that patients see online may be inaccurate when compared to ratings compiled from surveys conducted internally by health care organizations, according to new research published today (Sept. 17, 2019) in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. “We know that patients often rely on online ratings when choosing doctors,” said Kanu Okike, MD, ...


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Clinical Trials Research

Our physician investigators conduct clinical trials in communities across Southern California, from Bakersfield to San Diego.

The Division of Clinical Trials Research advances medical innovation by supporting evaluation of new drugs, therapies, and devices to prevent and treat health problems. Our physician investigators work with cooperative groups and industry sponsors to conduct clinical trials for investigational drugs, biologics, and devices. In addition, the division develops pragmatic trials that help answer questions about care delivery.

The region has clinical trials programs in oncology (adult, gynecologic, pediatric, and surgical/radiation oncology), urology, gynecology, neurology, dermatology, metabolic diseases, nephrology, ophthalmology, infectious disease, cardiology, hepatology, vascular surgery, and rheumatology. Clinical trials staff support trials at medical centers and medical office buildings throughout the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region.