Award Event and Auction - March 18th

News from Robbie Pearl

Diane Barnes in a one-woman show

SF Bach Choir - Barbara Livermore

North Valley female retired physicians

Upcoming Luncheons

Requests for Information

Donation of unwanted computers and parts

Library Access via Loansome Doc

KP Web Links

Award Event and Auction - March 18th (submitted by Michael Cooper, posted 2/22/2018)

The 8th annual Heart & Soul Gala at the Z-Cafe in Oakland - 2735 Broadway - will be on March 18 from 6-9 PM. The gala funds The Build My Heart Foundation <> supporting low-income families during their children's hospitalization for CV surgery at UCSF-Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay. We hope to expand support services to include the UCSF Oakland campus and eventually to Kaiser Oakland (when pediatric heart surgeries begin there in the future). The Harold Tarnoff Award (in memory of TPMG-SF's longtime pediatric cardiologist) recognizing a lifetime commitment to excellence in the field of pediatric cardiology will also be presented. This year's recipient will be the former chief of the UCSF group, David Teitel.

Join us at the Gala to enjoy great food, good fellowship, wine, and music. And net some great auction items! If you wish to attend, please respond via the Evite link  

News from Robbie Pearl (posted 2/14/2018) - view it on the Luncheon Meetings page.

TPMG retiree in a one-woman show (posted 10/18/17, updated 1/26/18):                                            

Diane Barnes wrote and stars in a one-woman show entitled, "My Stroke of Luck", relating her experiences as a physician and single mother who then suffered a medical calamity and saw her world upended. Her show won a prize Off-Broadway, has played at theater festivals around the country, and is now at The Marsh in SF at least through March 29, 2018 (twice extended!). It was named a theater Bay Area Recommended Production. Tickets: <>. Her website <> has numerous features, including her blog. The post of January 7 describes her preparation on performance day.

SF Bach Choir - Barbara Livermore (posted 2/14/18)

Barbara Livermore has been in the SF Bach Choir for 39 years! The last performances of the 2017-8 season will be on May 5th and 6th in SF and Berkeley. <>

North Valley female retired physicians (posted 10/10/17):

A group in the Sacramento area gets together quarterly to enjoy lunch and other activities (museums, art galleries, cooking class, potlucks, etc). For more info contact

Upcoming Luncheons:

Sat. 5/5/2018; Sat., 8/4/2018; Sat. 11/3/2018.
(Usually first Saturdays in Feb., Aug., Nov.; formerly second Sat. in May but this is in flux). Full details and ordering info on the Luncheon Meetings page, when available.

Donation of unwanted computers and parts:

Tech Exchange (formerly Oakland Technology Exchange or OTX), an Oakland non-profit organization in operation for 20 years, takes donated computer equipment, refurbishes it, and then makes it available to local residents at little or no cost. Donors are entitled to tax credits, and OTX promises to scrub hard drives of all data. They seek:                                                                                                 * Desktop and laptop computers (PC and Apple) - working or not                                                           * LCD monitors                                                                                                                                                 * Keyboards and mice                                                                                                                                       * Hard drives, cables, etc.                                                                                                                            

You can check out their website <> and/or read the recent write-up about them in the SF Chronicle <>.

Request for Information:

Alix Sabin,  working on KP websites and publications, would like to speak to anyone who knew Beatrice Lei, MD, one of the founding partners of the medical group in 1946. One of the "founding fathers" was a woman – from China no less! She became chief of pediatrics at Richmond from 1946-1966 and sounds like an amazing, inspiring person. Contact <>; 510-625-4038. 

Lincoln Cushing, KP archivist, seeks a complete set of "Borborygmi", which would be about 15 issues, 1990-1994. He also wishes to contact any of the editors. Can anyone help him? Address below.

Mr. Cushing is also interested in Dr. Irving Lomhoff, especially his possible role in hiring minority physicians. If you can contribute anything, please call 510-267-7620;  cell 510-387-2996, or write to

  [l to r] Dr. Eugene Hickman; Mrs. Lomhoff; Dr. Irving Lomhoff; Eunice Hickman, relaxing at Lake Tahoe circa 1960; photo courtesy John Hickman, from

[l to r] Dr. Eugene Hickman; Mrs. Lomhoff; Dr. Irving Lomhoff; Eunice Hickman, relaxing at Lake Tahoe circa 1960; photo courtesy John Hickman, from


Library Access via Loansome Doc:
Sign up for an account at Loansome Doc, a service of the National Library of Medicine. Loansome Doc establishes a relationship between an individual and a library. Then you can order articles from a list of citations retrieved in PubMed. It's free to register, but local fees and delivery methods can vary. To register go to: – Skip Step 2 of searching for a library; click on “enter your Library Identifier”; for LIBID enter “CAUZSD” (=Kaiser Woodland Hills); select “I am a health professional, but have no affiliation with this institution”; accept the terms, and enter your demographics. As of 7/2014, the librarian there is David Keddle 818-719-2810; He says that if the item is in their collection, and the volume of requests is not excessive, he will email items for free; otherwise fees could be $10/article or up. (This is as far as I got; I haven't confirmed the instructions that follow below– Ed.)

After you register for Loansome Doc, log in at and click on “Go to PubMed” at the bottom. Free copies of articles sometimes may be available -

• From the Publisher

On the left side of the search results screen, look

for the Free full text available option. Click on the phrase to activate the filter. OR

• From PubMed Central

Use the drop-down menu near the top to search PubMed Central (PMC), a free digital archive of full-text journal articles maintained by the US Nat'l. Institutes of Health; National Library of Medicine.

Otherwise, use the PubMed Order option under the Send to menu after conducting a search to Order articles.

1. Click the check box next to each citation you want to order; you can move to other pages within your results to select additional citations

2. From the Send to drop-down menu (located on the right and above the search results), selectOrder articles

3. After being transferred to Loansome Doc, enter e-mail and password

4. Click Proceed to Delivery Options button

5. Review Delivery Options and check the Copyright Compliance box

6. Click the Continue button

7. Review order; then click Send Order

8. Your order will be sent to the library you selected, which will fill your request and send the article once it is available

For more information visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at:

Contact the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), at 800-338-7657 or visit

Other Library Access: At least one of our members subscribes to DeepDyve and finds it very useful. He has an annual subscription for $180.

Check out KP's website:

This is the public relations website for Kaiser Permanente. It also links to medical news, and Community Benefit and grant instructions, in case you're connected to a nonprofit that seeks funding. Another site worth checking is: for more heart-warming news about the organization.