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Our Faculty

Kaiser Permanente Oakland has approximately 70 full time staff pediatricians including subspecialists in:

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Adolescent Medicine
Critical Care
General Pediatrics
Head and Neck Surgery
Hospital Based Pediatrics
Infectious Diseases
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pediatric Surgery

Many of our faculty hold clinical appointments at the University of California, San Francisco and/or Children's Hospital Oakland. Many also are graduates of the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Residency Program or other local programs such as the University of California, San Francisco, Children's Hospital Oakland, and Stanford University.

Abhay Dandekar, MD – Program Director

Dr. Abhay Dandekar was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He received his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He then returned to the Bay Area and completed his residency training and chief residency at the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Kaiser in Oakland.

Dr. Dandekar’s breadth of interests and passion for medical education are reflected by his previous experience as an Associate Program Director and Pediatric Clerkship Chair at UCLA, as the medical director for a mobile pediatric unit for underserved and communities with poor medical access. He has won a number of faculty teaching awards and has been recognized for his contributions to resident and student mentoring and program leadership. In addition to his clinical duties as a resident preceptor, Dr. Dandekar also serves as the site director for the UCSF 3rd year Pediatric Clerkship. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Medical Educators at the UCSF School of Medicine. He enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors, anything related to sports or music, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Ping Chouw, DO

Associate Program Director
Ping Chouw

A native Californian, Dr. Ping Chouw grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Biodynamics from U.C. Berkeley, and her medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. After completing her pediatrics residency and chief residency at Kaiser Permanente – Oakland Medical Center, she joined the pediatric staff in the outpatient department and has served as an associate program director since 2009.

Dr. Chouw is an outpatient pediatrician and Associate Program Director, with particular interests in resident mentorship and ambulatory curriculum development. In her free time, Dr. Chouw enjoys traveling, sports, trying new restaurants, knitting and quilting, and spending time with her family.

Amit Malhotra, MD

Associate Program Director
Amit Malhotra

Dr. Malhotra completed undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy, was a Ruth Nicols Endowed and Rufus Choate Scholar, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. He went on to medical school at Harvard, and was the winner of the Soma Weiss Research Award for work on human reasoning with Dr. David Caplan in Neurology.

Dr. Malhotra then went to Washington University in St. Louis, completing training in Pediatrics, Neurology, and Child Neurology in July of 2006. During this time he was named St. Louis Children’s Hospital Outstanding Teaching Fellow. Dr. Malhotra was then faculty in the Department of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis and a NIH K12 Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award recipient. His research while at Washington University mirrored his clinical interests - to understand and impact the fundamental alterations in cerebral structure and function that cause aberrant cognition.

Dr. Malhotra is well known for his teaching accomplishments across the continuum and has particular interests in mentorship and innovation in subspecialty pediatric training, research, and subspecialty curricular development.

Nami Jhaveri, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. Nami Jhaveri is a native of the Bay Area. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University and completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at UC Berkeley. Her MPH program was an excellent opportunity to learn about promoting positive health outcomes for women and children locally and globally. She attended medical school at UC San Diego and completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at UCSF. During her training, she participated in international health projects in Mexico and India.

Dr. Jhaveri was drawn to neonatology because of the immense challenges and rewards of taking care of sick infants. Her goal as a newborn physician is to help babies achieve a great start in life and overcome the health problems they may have when they are born. Dr. Jhaveri is a strong advocate for learners in every newborn setting. She also spends several days a month in the outpatient High Risk Infant Follow up clinic, caring for NICU graduates and families and teaching across the newborn continuum of care. Her educational interests include resident mentorship, procedural training and newborn curriculum development.

In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, cooking and exploring new places with her husband and two children.

Albert Chan, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. Albert Chan is the Associate Program Director for inpatient pediatrics and is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Specialist on the ward, pediatric intensive care unit, and critical care transport services. He earned his baccalaureate degree in Physiology and medical degree from the University of California at Davis. He trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, he was a faculty member at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and at UCSF. He was a site director for the Medical Student Clerkship at UCSF's Parnassus campus and was heavily involved in resident teaching there as well.

Dr. Chan is a San Francisco Bay Area native. His clinical areas of interest are procedural sedation and procedural ultrasound. He is a Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor and has volunteered as a pediatrician in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His personal interests include foreign travel, cycling, and photography.

Elio Gizzi, MD

Chief of Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente East Bay
Elio Gizzi

Dr. Gizzi is the Chief of Outpatient General Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the East Bay (Oakland, Richmond, Pinole, Alameda). He is a practicing General Pediatrician and actively participates in educational activities as a clinical preceptor on the Oakland and Richmond campuses. Prior to his joining Kaiser, he was the Craniofacial team director at Children's Hospital Oakland for 15 years. During his time at Children's Hospital Oakland, he was heavily involved in Graduate Medical Education in both direct precepting of residents and in the intern recruiting selection committee.

Dr. Gizzi was born and raised in New Jersey and Santa Cruz, California. He completed his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his residency training and chief residency at Children's Hospital Oakland.

In his spare time, Dr. Gizzi enjoys soccer, woodworking, home repair, caring for his chickens, fantasy baseball, music, and mostly spending time with his wife and 2 children.

Jorge Gutierrez, MD

Chief of Inpatient Pediatrics, Assistant Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente Oakland

Dr. Gutierrez is the Chief of Inpatient Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente at Oakland. He completed his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and his residency and fellowship training in Pediatric Intensive Care at the University of California at San Francisco. After completing his fellowship, he remained at UCSF as a faculty member, working both in the PICU and running a research laboratory studying the effects of mechanical forces on gene expression in lung cells. In 2005, he left UCSF to join the staff in the Pediatric ICU at Kaiser Oakland.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gutierrez has been very involved with resident education and is a great advocate for residency training. While at UCSF, he was the recipient of teaching awards as a resident, fellow, and faculty member. He is a past recipient of the inpatient faculty teaching award from the Kaiser Permanente Residency Program and is a skilled and favorite clinical teacher among housestaff and students.

In his spare time, Dr. Gutierrez is an avid baseball fan who recently retired from playing second base for the Zephyrs of the Bay Area Men’s Baseball League.