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Kaiser Permanente San Diego Primary Care
Dr. Huathin Khaw
Jae Kyo Lee, MD         
Internal Medicine     
San Diego
Medical Center
4647 Zion Ave.
San Diego

Gary Jack Birnbaum,
MD         Male         
Internal Medicine         
Our department
provides services to
Kaiser Permanente's
members and their
families in the San
Diego service area
who require assistance
with placement in
skilled nursing facilities
and long-term care.
We are specialists in
this area. We are all
eager to help you
make informed choices
and good decisions in
these important and
sometimes difficult

Before joining Kaiser
Permanente in 2004, I
was in practice for
nearly 20 years in
Arizona. I began
practice there as a
nephrologist (kidney
specialist), but over
the years became
more drawn to general
internal medicine and
Jacob Samuel Birnbaum, MD
Medical School:
University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine
Graduated: 1976
Residency Hospital:
University Ca San Diego Med Center
Catherine Anne Cheng, DO            
Family Medicine
Medical School: Midwestern University Matrix
Glendale, AZ
The MWU Matrix System
The Midwestern University Matrix System is an integrated
network linking the academic resources of our Chicago
College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) and Arizona
College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) with the health
care resources of our affiliated hospitals and providers in
both Illinois and Arizona.
If you are sick, Kaiser will
probably help you.  By
design, most
problems are included the
lists of symptoms Kaiser
Permanente acknowledges
and treats.  
Statistically-speaking, you're
likely to get adequate care.  
Just make sure you don't
present with unusual
symptoms.  If your disease is
life-threatening, but your
symptoms and the correct
diagnosis aren't on Kaiser's
lists, then you stand a good
chance of dying.  The
doctors seem to be on
automatic pilot.  Most of the
doctors I've dealt with are
very rigid.  They are blind to
anything not on the list of
things they're told to check
October 2011
Primary Care Department
I asked Rodger Dougherty (see Public
Relations below), Member Services
(above), Lynette Seid (Medical
Records) and Andrew Golden (see
above right under executive medical
director Paul Bernstein) for the names
of primary care administrators, but no
one would tell me. What's the big
secret? I finally pestered the
Appointments Department until they
finally gave up the name of Chief
Physician Michael Lalich, but they
wouldn't tell me the Dept.
Administrator.  I suspect I'll eventually
find out.  

Update: Obviously, I've gathered some
names of secretive administrators in
Primary Care, as you can see at left.
Dr. William Keen
Chief of the Department of Internal Medicine
at Kaiser Permanente San Diego
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
San Diego Medical Center
Cardiology Department
4647 Zion Ave
San Diego, CA 92120
Jay Mongiardo
(Physician in charge--East County)
Rancho San Diego
Medical school--Temple University School of
Philadelphia, PA
Internship--Grossmont Hospital
La Mesa, CA
Dr. Martin M. Bartolac
(Area Physician Leader)

Community Advisory Board - CTRI - UC San Diego
Michael Jeffrey Lalich, MD
Chief Physician, Family Medicine
Hans Chin, MD         Male         
Internal Medicine         

Lorraine Adamma Eubany, MD         Female        
Internal Medicine        

Kimberly Gerard Nguyen, MD         Female        
Internal Medicine        

Halyna Yevgenivna West, MD         Female        
Internal Medicine     

Martin Bartolac (see above)
Marie Mutuc-Wurst, MD
Dr. Marie Paz Mutuc-Wurst
Assistant Area Medical Director--AAMD
(re outpatient performance)
graduated with an MD 15 years ago.
San Diego Magazine Top Doctors 2008
Internal Medicine
8080 Parkway Drive La Mesa CA, 91942   
Creighton University Class of 1996 · M.D.
California State University, Los Angeles Class of 1992
College        UCLA   Class of 1989
High School   Schurr High  Class of 1985
downloaded 2011
Michelle Gibson La Mesa DA
Annie Russell RN, MSN, MBA
Service Area Assistant Administrator
Department Administrators report to her
Kathy Dundovich
Area Administrator for East County
Kathy Dundovich. Department Administrator of
Pediatrics. Kaiser San Diego April 2004
1998 TWIN Honorees
Nutrition Education 2006
La Mesa Medical Offices
8080 Parkway Drive
La Mesa
Dr. J. Brian Bronson
Chief of Kaiser Permanente Vandever Medical
Offices Primary Care Department
Family Practice Department
4405 Vandever Ave
San Diego, CA 92120
Suzanne Estelle Afflalo, MD
In 2003, I was chosen to be the clinical chief of
our family medicine department, which
currently has 140 physicians.
Dr. James Zhou, Physician in Charge
Primary Care/Vandever Medical Offices