SEATTLE — Patricia Egwuatu, DO, of Kaiser Permanente in Washington has been named to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, a prestigious award honoring individuals under the age of 40 who stand out in their respective industry for their bold leadership and groundbreaking work.
Dr. Patricia Egwuatu is a family medicine physician and the diversity, equity, and inclusion faculty co-lead for Kaiser Permanente in Washington. In this role, Dr. Egwuatu is both leading and implementing practices to address health care disparities and making connections to better address racism in medicine.
“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Egwuatu for this well-deserved honor and are pleased to join our community in celebrating her accomplishments in medicine,” said Michael Vaughan, MD, executive medical director of operations for the Washington Permanente Medical Group. “Her tireless advocacy and commitment to making health care more equitable for all of our patients has enriched and improved the field of medicine throughout our region.”
In the past year, Dr. Egwuatu has spearheaded several programs at Kaiser Permanente designed to eliminate health care disparities experienced by diverse communities. One such program Dr. Egwuatu co-designed and oversees is the Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Residency RPrIDE (meaning residency promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity) Group. RPrIDE creates physician-led processes and residency projects that help people recognize bias and racism in health care, and better equip resident family physicians to provide equitable care to their patients.
The PSBJ 40 Under 40 program, now in its 24th year, recognizes regional leaders across industries who are helping shape the Puget Sound region for the better.
Dr. Egwuatu will be honored at a reception in September for Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 award recipients.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.