Dr. Paul Bernstein, former Medical Director, San Diego and Regional Coordinator for Telehealth and Virtual Care for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, was a Physician Lead for Innovation and Patient Transformation. Under his leadership as Medical Director, he won the California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE) and the National Malcolm Baldrige Best Practice Award for leadership and innovation. He was also instrumental in donating a community garden in East County to the International Rescue Committee.
Dr. Bernstein is a Head and Neck Surgeon and was the chairman of the Head and Neck Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS, 1987-2007) and a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. He has written 7 novels, including Courage to Heal, the winner of the San Diego, New York, and London Book Awards, based on Sidney Garfield, the doctor who, along with Henry Kaiser, changed American Medicine.