Luncheon Meetings 

General information

Next meeting

Last meeting

General information

RPA luncheons usually occur on the first Saturday of February, August, and November, and the first or second Saturday of May, at rotating locations. Upcoming dates will appear below when announced. Online reservations become available approximately one month prior to the event. If you have questions or comments about the luncheons, please direct them to Ron Bachman - <>.

Upcoming meetings are -

  • Aug 3 2019— Basque Cultural Center—Gerry Bourne panel on medical work for TPMG retirees, paid and volunteer

  • Oct 26, 2019 —Boundary Oak -- no speaker yet

  • Feb 1 2020 - Sequoyah Country Club -- Benjamin Porter, head of Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley. Other potential speaker is Astronaut Jeff Hoffman.

Next meeting

Saturday, August 3, 2019  

Location: Basque Cultural Center             

Social hour:  11:30 AM       
Lunch: 12:15 PM
Speaker: 1:00 PM    

Topic: Gerry Borune panel on medical work for TPMG retirees, paid and volunteer.

Speaker: Gerry Bourne


  1. TBD

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To use a card, click on the "Don't have a PayPal account?" link at the check-out page to bring up the credit card or debit card options, as well as a link to set up a PayPal account if you wish. 

If you use a credit card or PayPal account that is not in the name of the retiree for whom you are paying dues, please enter the retiree's name in an unused box on the payment screen, or else email us the information - - so we apply it correctly.

If you don't have enough room for your answers, please email Kris Steensma <> with the additional information.

If you encounter any problems using these features, please email or call 510-508-8504. If you wish to pay by check, please make it payable to RPA and send it with a note containing the meal selections, names of attendees, and other info requested below, to: 

Retired Physicians’ Association of TPMG      

4247 Piedmont Ave., Oakland 94611

But if it's just a few days before the luncheon, don't use postal mail - we may not get it in time. Instead, contact Ron Bachman directly regarding availability by email: <> or phone: 510-350-7349.

Map and directions: Click on marker in interactive map below for more detail and directions:

Last meeting - May 4, 2019


Dr. Jessica Zitter

Topic: Extreme Measures: Finding A Better Path to the End of Life

After two decades of caring for critically ill patients, Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH is a strong advocate for a new approach to caring for the dying. She practices the unusual combination of ICU and palliative care medicine at Highland Hospital. Having herself participated in the default and indiscriminate use of technology on dying patients, with its resultant suffering, Dr. Zitter has come to view this situation as a public health crisis. She is committed to reorienting our care of the dying to a more collaborative process whereby the patient, rather than her organ or disease, is the primary focus of care.

Dr. Zitter’s first book, “Extreme Measures: Finding A Better Path to the End of Life”, (Penguin, 2017), offers an insider’s view of intensive care in America and its impact on how we die. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other publications. Her work is featured in the 2017 Oscar- and Emmy-nominated short-documentary “Extremis,” now streaming on Netflix.

Dr. Zitter attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University Medical School and earned her Master of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her medical training includes an Internal Medicine residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2005 she co-founded Vital Decisions, a telephone counseling service for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

She is planning to give us a 10 minute discussion of why she wrote her book (Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life) and Academy Award nominated documentary (Extremis). This will be followed by 30 minute moderated preprepared questions asked to her, and then 20 minutes of Q&A from our members and guests.

There will be a book signing after the meeting hosted by Montclair Village (Oakland). Dr.Zitter will not use any part of her talk to sell her book.

More information at <>.

Scroll through the pictures, and click on any photo to see it larger if you wish. We hope some of you will take pictures at future events - send them to  

Pictures here by Art Levit and Ken Berniker