Paul Evan Bernstein, MD
My specialty:   Surgery, Head/Neck
Languages I speak:   English

I am board certified in head and neck surgery, a Fellow of the American
Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, and currently serving as area medical
director for Kaiser Permanente here in San Diego. Over 500,000 patients rely
on our group for their health care and I take that responsibility very seriously.
My focus is to ensure that all of our patients receive the highest quality care,
and to treat each of them as we would treat our family. I am proud to have
been a physician in our medical group for almost 30 years.


I chaired the head and neck division of the American Cancer Society for over
20 years. In addition to being Partner of the Year in 2005, I was honored with
the Schilling Award for compassionate care in 2007. That same year, I was
elected to the board of directors for the Southern California Permanente
Medical Group. I also write novels, including Courage to Heal. The book is
based on the true story of Dr. Sidney Garfield, who along with the industrialist
Henry Kaiser founded Kaiser Permanente and changed the face of American
medicine. All proceeds from the sale of the novel are donated to the Sidney
Garfield Memorial Fund. The novel recently won the San Diego Book Award,
the San Francisco Book Award, the New England Book Award, and the London
Book Fair. I enjoy snow skiing, tennis, jogging, and working out. My family,
friends, and colleagues are extremely important to me and it’s my relationships
with them that help model my dedication to my profession.

About my practice

As area medical director, I am privileged to work with the most caring and
skilled physicians in San Diego County and proud to be part of a team that
strives to provide the best quality of care, access, and service in our
community. I specialize in complex Mohs reconstructions and facial surgery,
and do everything I can with the goal of providing the best possible surgical
result. My philosophy of care is to treat all members as I would my own family.

How I thrive

Henry J. Kaiser once said, “Problems are opportunities in work clothes.” I am a
firm believer in the social mission of Kaiser Permanente, where the healthier
our patients are, the more we prosper. Our model of care gives me a feeling of
pride that my decisions are based on what is best for members.

My training and certification

Medical school  

UC San Diego School of Medicine
La Jolla, CA

Medical training  

UC San Diego School of Medicine
San Diego, CA

UC San Diego School of Medicine
San Diego, CA

Board certification  
American Board of Otolaryngology

Joined Permanente Medical Group  

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

San Diego Medical Center
Acute Care-med/surg Department
4647 Zion Ave
San Diego, CA 92120
Operator/information: 619-528-5000
Paul Bernstein and writers
Paul Bernstein biography

Although it is 10 p.m., and Paul Bernstein, M.D.,
has spent four hours in surgery at Kaiser Permanente
Medical Center in San Diego, his evening is not over.

Bernstein will go home, sit down at his computer, and spend the next two hours working
on his latest novel.

This is just a glimpse of the energy and dedication this graduate of UCSD School of
Medicine pours into his twin passions: providing the best possible care for his patients
as Kaiser's San Diego Medical Director, and sharing great stories through his fiction.

These passions came together last fall when Bernstein published Courage to Heal, a
historical novel telling the true story of Dr. Sidney Garfield, who along with industrialist
Henry Kaiser, forever changed American medicine.

Bernstein's love of history--he's the founder of the Kaiser Permanente Historical
Society--also fueled his desire to tell Garfield's story. In fact, Bernstein was actually a
history major when he attended UCLA, but eventually chose a medical career after
being accepted by UCSD.

Bernstein began writing fiction a decade ago. After years of taking classes, joining
writers' groups and spending countless hours at his craft, Bernstein's "Courage to Heal"
was published last fall to strong reviews and several awards, including winning in the
San Diego Book Awards, the New England Book Festival, and the London Book Festival.
Thank Heaven for
Insurance Companies blog
Cardiology score card
Retaliation by Kaiser
Missing Medical Records
Warnings deleted from abnormal
test results
Conflicts of interest
Failure to diagnose
Employees, goals
Cases and news
missing x-rays
Peer review
Paul Bernstein and writers
Remediating failure to diagnose
Mary Ann Barnes
Kaiser executives
George Halvorson, Kaiser CEO
Profits grow as Kaiser cuts care
Blog: Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Eugene Rhee, chief
of urology
Lynette Seid, CFO San Diego
X-rays (VUCG)
James G. Malone
Dave Horton
Urology score card
Kaiser Permanente links
Rankings Kaiser departments
Cancer score card
Diagnostic Imaging
Medical Records
US Health Insurance companies
consent form
Healthcare reform
KP On Call
Lawyers and doctors
Yvonne Hanzen
Nathaniel L. Oubré, Jr.
Dr. Paul Bernstein, executive medical director for
San Diego Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Huathin Khaw
Dr. Jacob Birnbaum
Dr. Catherine Cheng
Dr. Jae Kyo Lee
Marina Baroff
Bertha Aviles
Garfield Specialty Center
Dr. Hamid Safari
Code of silence

Member Services
Conahan v. Sebelius and Kaiser
Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
Gee v. SCPMG
Standard of care
Gynecology rankings
Medical School rankings
Board Certification
Problems at Garfield Center in
Kearny Mesa
Bad faith denial of coverage
Cases and news
Kagnoff, Marcia
Prime Healthcare v. Kaiser
Patient advocates
Gilbert Kenneth Moran
Doctors who cause death
Doctors who go along
with Kaiser tactics
San Diego
Education Report
Doctors in charge of
Robert Pearl
Filing a complaint
Prime Healthcare heart
failure rates--is Prime worse
than Kaiser Permanente?
Filing a complaint
Gynecology score care

Perceptions of patients
Patient abandonment
Medical Board
April L. Moon and Dr. Andrew
Golden thumb their noses at
Dr. Marianne Rochester at
CalPERS appeal
Compliance Department
Concealing Medical Records
DOMHC (Dept of Managed Health
Emergency room
Added Choice
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