Department of Medicine
Welcome to the Kern Medical Department of Medicine
Greetings from the Chair of Medicine:
The Kern Medical Department of Medicine is composed of generalists, hospitalists, and sub-specialty physicians who are also known throughout the region as expert educators.
We are delighted to have you learn more about our Department of Medicine.
Kern Medical is a 222-bed teaching hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., in the central San Joaquin Valley. The hospital was founded in 1867, and its Department of Medicine has a long and rich history. In addition to an almost 150-year history of excellent clinical care, the teaching mission of Kern Medical and the Department of Medicine has been in place since the 1930s. Our faculty is devoted to the educational nurturing and clinical growth of medical professionals who contribute to this long history.
The affiliation between the Department of Medicine residency program and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has been in place since 1981. The Internal Medicine residency program continues to flourish and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Faculty members retain academic appointments with the David Geffen School of Medicine through UCLA.
The department has had distinguished medical pioneers including Hans E. Einstein, MD (Feb. 3, 1923 – Aug. 11, 2012) who was the foremost authority on the fungal disease Coccidioidomycosis and chaired the Department for decades. Internationally recognized infectious disease experts Royce Johnson, MD, and Arash Haidari, MD, continue to research valley fever and are currently running a National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trial.
Our Kern Medical Department of Medicine physicians are known throughout the region as expert educators. Several of our faculty have a Master’s in Education degree in addition to their medical credentials.
The Department of Medicine and Kern Medical provide care for a large portion of the indigent and non-indigent populations of Kern County. Kern Medical has the only trauma center between Fresno and Los Angeles. We are expanding ambulatory clinics county-wide, providing services in multiple specialties.
Kern Medical runs residency programs in Emergency Medicine, OB-GYN, Surgery, and Psychiatry as well as fellowship programs in Addiction Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Innovative programs within the department include a National Committee for Quality Assurance-accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home for high-risk medical patients and the development of a similar medical home for high-risk behavioral health patients. Continued growth of the department is occurring with its clinical, educational, and research activities. The atmosphere of the department is stimulating and full of intellectual curiosity.
We are intimately involved in the education of medical students and accommodate third- and fourth-year core and elective rotations for U.S. medical schools, the Ross School of Medicine, and the American University of the Caribbean. Our residency program accepts eight residents per year and we are proud of our graduates, who go on to pursue their professional careers locally, throughout California and the nation.
There are many exciting changes going on at Kern Medical and our department will play a key role as our institution moves toward becoming a medical center of excellence in the San Joaquin Central Valley.
Our goal is to emerge as a premier Department of Medicine known for providing high-quality primary and specialty care, education and research. We are going through a period of rapid growth, which we manage strategically as we evolve in today’s rapidly changing health care environment.
It is indeed a privilege for me to work alongside a dedicated group of colleagues who support such a forward-looking institution as Kern Medical.
I invite you to learn more about us as you view and explore our website.
Everardo Cobos, MD, FACP
Chair of the Kern Medical Department