Impact Newsletter

IMPACT newsletter January 2020

January 30, 2020

Focus Feature:

Resident research improves patient care

Over recent years, patient care at Kaiser Permanente Southern California has improved in many ways due to what might be considered an unlikely source: our residents’ research. Physician and scientist research is continually improving the quality of care to patients and the community. Medical residents add to this learning cycle by using their fresh eyes to spot potential improvements, conducting research, and often presenting that work to physicians and even the wider medical world at conferences and through publications.


R&E News and Features

  • New research sheds light on shingles

    If you have a normal immune system, your chance of being hospitalized for complications of herpes zoster — also known as shingles — or dying from it, is small, according to new Kaiser Permanente research. The research provides an expanded understanding of shingles and its outcomes.

  • Meet our new clinician investigators

    Three physicians recently joined Southern California Permanente Medical Group’s Clinician Investigator Program: urogynecologist Kimberly Ferrante, MD, MAS; pulmonologist Dennis Hwang, MD; and cardiologist Mingsum Lee, MD, PhD. The program allows physicians to integrate research into their clinical careers.

  • Dr. Brian Lim named Physician Researcher of the Year

    Brian Lim, MD, MS, MAS (Clinical Research), a gastroenterologist from the Riverside Medical Center, was presented with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group Physician Researcher of the Year award last month at a dinner recognizing physician researchers. 

  • New Cancer Clinical Trials office opens

    The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Cancer Clinical Trials Access Program opened a new office last month at the Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center, giving cancer patients in the area easier access to cutting-edge clinical trials.

In the News

Five questions...

for Dr. Steven Jacobsen

Steven Jacobsen, MD, PhD, is an expert in men’s health research who leads Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Research & Evaluation in Southern California.