Urologist and kidney transplant surgeon Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., is CMA’s 152nd president, and will serve on the CMA Executive Committee in that role for one year. Dr. Bretan is the first Filipino-American physician to serve as CMA president.
“The most important goal, not just in this year of my presidency, but always, is to take back our profession by enabling physicians to lead the struggle to protect, expand and make universal access to health care for all of our patients in California,” said Dr. Bretan. “If we are successful in this state, it will lead the way for sustainable universal health care for all of America.”
Dr. Bretan practices in Marin, Sonoma and Santa Cruz Counties. He has served as a CMA trustee and delegate, and is a three-time county medical society president. He is the current president of the California Urological Association and serves as an adjunct clinical professor at Touro University, where he has taught classes in health care policy for the past 16 years.
“Faced with a complex and rapidly changing environment that threatens the foundation of all medicine, especially the doctor-patient relationship, it is more than ever imperative to educate legislators not only what it takes for doctors to save lives, but also that all lives are precious, not just to the families they are part of, but to society as whole,” said Dr. Bretan.
Dr. Bretan is the founder and CEO of Life Plant International, a charitable organization that furnishes lifesaving transplants in developing countries, for which he was recognized by the AMA with the Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service. Dr. Bretan has also provided care around the world on medical missions.
“I grew up as a child farm laborer, and I know what it is to be without adequate health care. My greatest motivation is in service to give back to society for my good fortune,” said Dr. Bretan.
Dr. Bretan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physiology from University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he completed residencies in general surgery and urology, as well as a fellowship in radiology. He also completed a fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in transplantation and renovascular surgery.