June 27, 2018

Physician receives distinguished alumni award

Ronald Navarro, MD, will be honored at 2018 Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards dinner on June 27

HARBOR CITY, Calif.Ronald A. Navarro, MD, regional coordinating chief of Orthopaedic Surgery for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and assistant area medical director at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, will receive the National Medical Fellowships  Los Angeles Champions of Health award, in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements and commitment to developing the next generation of physicians of color.

“We selected Dr. Navarro for this award in recognition of his many accomplishments, including his leadership as regional coordinating chief of all 13 orthopaedic departments of Kaiser Permanente in the Southern California Region and his efforts to streamline and improve the quality of care for orthopaedic populations,” said Esther Dyer, NMF president and CEO.  “This award also recognizes his commitment to increasing diversity in medicine and his efforts to encourage students from underrepresented groups to follow in his footsteps.”

photo of Ronald A. Navarro, MD
Ronald A. Navarro, MD

The son of Mexican immigrants, Dr. Navarro practices medicine in the same community where he was born and raised. “My father worked as a longshoreman, just a few miles from the hospital where I care for patients each day. I take great pride in being able to give back to the community that supported me and my family by providing high-quality, culturally responsive care to patients from all walks of life,” he said.

Dr. Navarro attended the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago before returning to the Harbor City area to complete his primary surgical and orthopaedic training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He completed a post-residency fellowship program in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and specialized shoulder surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, and now has more than two decades of specialization in shoulder surgery, orthopaedic sports medicine, and arthroscopy. His leadership extends beyond Kaiser Permanente to the broader medical community where he currently serves as the second vice president of the California Orthopedic Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Founded in 1946, NMF seeks to eliminate healthcare disparities in underserved communities by increasing the number of culturally-sensitive physicians who choose to practice in those communities. For more than 70 years, NMF has distributed scholarships and awards to more than 30,000 minority medical students who have gone on to become leaders in all areas of medicine, as well as in research, education, government, business and philanthropy. The Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards salutes outstanding individuals and organizations that exemplify the NMF mission.

About National Medical Fellowships

National Medical Fellowships (NMF) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and other professionals in the healthcare workforce with an eye towards improving access to quality healthcare in medically under-served communities. To read more, please visit: www.nmfonline.org.

About Kaiser Permanente

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 more than 12.2 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.