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CMA Foundation recognizes two physicians with leadership awards

October 25, 2016
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 


The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation recognized two deserving physicians at the Annual President's Reception and Award Gala, held October 15 in Sacramento.


Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., received the 2016 Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Access to Health Care and Disparities Award, which honors an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution toward improving access to health care or reducing health care disparities in California.


Dr. Bretan, a renal transplant surgeon and urologist with special training in laparoscopic surgery, has demonstrated a longstanding dedication to improving individual and community health through effective leadership at a variety of levels.


As the founder and lead transplant surgeon for Life Plant International, a charitable organization, he promotes disaster preparedness, organ donation and early disease screening in the U.S. and abroad. He organizes and participates in life-saving medical missions that include performing and teaching about kidney transplants and laparoscopic kidney removal.


He received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He is active in the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California. He is serving his fifth term as president of the Marin Medical Society and has been a delegate for CMA and the American Medical Association House of Delegates.


David S. Kim, M.D., received the Robert Sparks, M.D., Leadership Achievement Award, which honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to community health. Dr. Kim, a Los Angeles ob-gyn, embodies this mission through his dedication to improving the health and wellness of Korean Americans through collaborative planning, community action and policy advocacy.


Dr. Kim is assistant director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai, the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also the president of the Korean American Graduate Medical Association and a board member and research and education chair of the national Korean American Medical Association. He has also served on many national committees of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Dr. Kim received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center Downstate Medical Center. He completed his residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and advanced his training with a master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical research, as well as an MBA from the University of Hawaii.

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