Luncheon Meetings 

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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 -

  • May 4th 2019 —Crow Canyon Country Club — Dr. Jessica Zitter—End of Life care

  • 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, May 4th, 2019  

Location: Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville             

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

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



Dr. Jessica Zitter

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 <>.


  1. Seared Salmon Fillet with a Lemongrass Blanc and Caper Sauce

  2. Grilled Flat Iron Steak with a roasted tomato sauce

  3. Four Cheese Ravioli (vegetarian)

  4. Risotto (vegan)

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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:

Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville
711 Silver Lake Dr, Danville, CA 94526


Last meeting - February 2, 2019

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Dr. Rich Isaacs

TPMG Executive Director and CEO

Speaker info:  Richard S. Isaacs, M.D., FACS, is CEO and executive director of The Permanente Medical Group and president and CEO of the Mid‐Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, two of the largest and most distinguished medical groups in the nation. Together, TPMG and MAPMG have more than 10,000 Permanente physicians and more than 40,000 nurses and staff delivering high‐quality health care to more than 5 million Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Isaacs, who was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in 2018, also serves as co‐CEO of The Permanente Federation, LLC. The Federation is a consortium of all the Permanente Medical Groups in the nation, and it supports the work of more than 22,000 Permanente physicians and 80,000 employees. In this role, Dr. Isaacs and co‐CEO Ed Ellison, M.D., provide strategic leadership and direction to all the Permanente Medical Groups, and to the national Kaiser Permanente Program. Kaiser Permanente is comprised of the Permanente Medical Groups, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.

Previously, Dr. Isaacs served as physician in chief for the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, where he was responsible for all clinical operations throughout the inpatient and outpatient arenas. While physician in chief, Dr. Isaacs played a critical leadership role in helping his medical staff pioneer several innovative initiatives that were ultimately adopted by Kaiser Permanente nationwide.

Born and raised in Detroit, Dr. Isaacs received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed his otolaryngology‐head and neck surgery training in New York at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital/New York Hospital‐Cornell Medical College/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Subsequently, he received his head and neck oncologic and skull base surgical training from the University of California, Davis. He joined The Permanente Medical Group following the completion of his surgical training in 1995. He is board certified in otolaryngology with advanced certification in head and neck oncologic surgery, is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology‐Head and Neck Surgery, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Isaacs, who has published several articles in national publications, is actively involved in medical education and has served as a clinical professor of Otolaryngology at the UC Davis School of Medicine, Drexel University School of Medicine, and California Northstate University School of Medicine.

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Pictures here by Art Levit and Ken Berniker