CMA trustee announces run for state Senate

February 21, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 

Los Angeles urological surgeon Vito D. Imbasciani, M.D., recently announced his candidacy for the California State Senate, District 26 (Hollywood to Torrance). The seat is being vacated by Ted Lieu, who announced plans to run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat of the retiring Henry Waxman. Dr. Imbasciani is a long-time member of the California Medical Association (CMA) and has served on the association's Board of Trustees since 2005.

Dr. Imbasciani has 28 years of serving as an officer of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and is currently serving as the State Surgeon of the California Army National Guard. He served four active-duty tours, including in Iraq as a battalion surgeon in 2004 and in Germany in 2006 as a hospital surgeon, where he treated wounded soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Imbasciani's personal story and lifetime of military service was recognized as an inspiration by President Obama for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy. In order for Dr. Imbasciani to serve his country, he had to make a deep personal sacrifice, keeping the existence of his partner and their two sons a secret.

Dr. Imbasciani has dedicated his life not only to the health and wellbeing of our soldiers in uniform, but to families across Los Angeles and California. Dr. Imbasciani has worked as a practicing surgeon with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group for many years. In addition, Dr. Imbasciani serves on the boards of numerous non-profits and community organizations dedicated to improving quality and access to health care throughout California.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for excellence in the practice of medicine, including Exceptional Physician of the Year at Kaiser West Los Angeles Hospital and the Surgeon General’s Excalibur Award for a program he created that is designed to improve the health and fitness of soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserves.

To learn more about Dr. Imbasciani and his run for office, click here.


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