Inside KP Northern California – April 24, 2017

The annual Cecil Cutting Leadership Award celebrates the achievements of physician leaders. Pictured above, Daniel Chyu, MD; Raj Bhandari, MD; award honorees Jake Roth, MD, and Dzung Trinh, MD, FACP; and Smita Rouillard, MD, Don Yoshimura, MD.

Adapted from the TPMG Awards website.

Each spring, The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) honors physicians with the Cecil Cutting Leadership Award, named in honor of Cecil C. Cutting, MD, a founding TPMG physician who served as the medical group’s first executive director. Dr. Cutting emphasized the importance of physician leadership and management, which he termed “a most difficult role, balancing the needs of physicians, patients, departments, and the organization.”

This year there are 2 honorees, Jake Roth, MD, and Dzung Trinh, MD, FACP.

“Being a leader and drawing out the strengths in others is a great privilege,” said Dr. Roth. “It’s about cultivating a sense of a shared mission — to provide our patients with the best care and best outcomes possible.”

“My greatest joy in practicing medicine is the relationship I have with my patients — it’s such an honor to earn their trust,” added Dr. Trinh, MD. “And my greatest satisfaction as a physician leader is being part of and witnessing our wonderful collaborative environment at Kaiser Permanente Fresno.

Jake Roth, MD, Psychiatry, KP San Jose

Although he was born and raised in the Bay Area, Jake Roth, MD, spent a good portion of his childhood living abroad, an experience that instilled a love of different people and cultures. As the Chief of Psychiatry in San Jose, this affinity could not be more evident — Dr. Roth skillfully traverses the realms of patients, colleagues, and staff.

He leads a group of clinicians who are committed to providing outstanding mental health care, with the patient always at the center. The team has worked diligently to increase patients’ access to care and treatment, break down the stigma of mental health care, and increase the presence of psychiatry throughout the medical center.

Their hard work has paid off. Under Dr. Roth’s leadership, San Jose’s Psychiatry Department is the regional leader in patient access to psychiatry services and a top performer in patient satisfaction, having achieved the highest scores in the region for initial visits and results of treatment.

Read more and watch a short video about Dr. Roth.

Dzung Trinh, MD, FACP, Geriatric Medicine, Fresno

As one of 10 children in a refugee family that emigrated from Vietnam in 1975, Dzung Trinh, MD, is no stranger to commitment, hard work, and collaboration. He’d wanted to become a doctor since he was a young child. But when he arrived in the United States at the age of 15, his family had no money, and he spoke no English. He studied hard, worked for 2 years picking grapes in the Central Valley, and never let go of his dream.

Today Dr. Trinh is the Chief of Geriatric Medicine in Fresno and an integral member of the Continuing Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education Committees, 3 positions he’s held since joining The Permanente Medical Group almost 25 years ago. In these roles, he serves as an inspirational role model to other physicians, residents, and medical students. He has developed a continuing care program for the elderly, and, as Chief of the Imaging Appropriateness Committee since 2011, he’s taken KP Fresno from one of the highest utilizers of imaging in KP Northern California to one of the lowest, simply by advocating to physicians the art of asking the right questions.

Read more and watch a short video about Dr. Trinh.


Learn more about Kaiser Permanente Northern California award-winning physicians at the TPMG Awards website.