Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center Get New Physician Leadership

Michael J. Shulman, MD, a Santa Rosa urologist, was named the new physician-in-chief of the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, helping guide the medical operation of the hospital and oversee physicians and medical staff.

Dr. Shulman, a Santa Rosa resident, joined the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center in 2006. He served as Santa Rosa’s Chief of Urology for over nine years (including two years as assistant chief), and he replaces Kirk Pappas, MD, who served as physician-in-chief from 2011-2017.

“Our work is now compounded by the devastation of the fires,” says Dr. Shulman, who became physician-in-chief just eight days before the fire storm. “Nevertheless, I hold vast optimism for our future as I witness tremendous dedication and caring by our medical physicians and staff toward the work of healing and building a better medical center. For me, it is truly an overwhelming honor and privilege to serve as physician-in-chief for Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center.”

Dr. Shulman was born and raised in central coastal California. He graduated from Occidental College, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Chemistry. He received his Masters degree in Chemistry from Harvard University and from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. He then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he taught high school chemistry at Iolani and Punahou Schools. He also worked as an environmental consultant for both private industry and the Hawaii State Department of Health.

To pursue his interest in medicine and service to patients, Dr. Shulman received his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, where he graduated Cum Laude with election to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). He then completed an Internship in General Surgery and Residency in Urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas, Texas.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Shulman to the leadership team at the Santa Rosa Medical Center,” said Judy Coffey, RN, Sr. Vice President and Area Manager, Marin-Sonoma. “and we look forward to working together—physicians,  nurses, and staff—providing high quality care and service to our members.”


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