Paul Phinney, MD, is immediate past president of the California Medical Association.
Dr. Phinney has been a practicing general pediatrician with The Permanente Medical Group since 1984. He served in a number of clinical leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, including Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento (1988-94), Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento (1994-2002), and Chair of the Permanente Regional Pediatric Chiefs (1992-95).
Dr. Phinney has been a member of CMA since 1988, and previously served as Chair of the CMA Board of Trustees. He was the 2003 President of SSVMS (Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society), served on its Board of Directors 2000-2004 and was a delegate to the CMA House of Delegates 2002-2004. Dr. Phinney has also served on the CALPAC Board of Directors (2003 to 2010), CMA Council on Legislation, and on CMA committees including Finance, Nominations, Medical Board, Medical Student Debt and MICRA Education Fund.
Dr. Phinney has also participated in community organizations and activities that promote improvement in health care, including several years with the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee and the Chamber’s annual Washington DC Capitol to Capitol Health Care Team. From 2003-2009 he served on the Sacramento County Children’s Coalition (advisory body to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors), the final two years as its Chair. Dr. Phinney has also been active at the county level with the Child Abuse Prevention Council, the Child and Family Policy Board, and the Mayor’s Commission on Youth.
Dr. Phinney is a native of California, has been married for over 38 years, and has two grown daughters. He enjoys playing golf when he can, and is not too bad at the piano.