About

PAC is the Voice for California’s Independent Physicians and Small Group Practice

The Physician Association of California (PAC) stands as the exclusive statewide association dedicated to representing the interests of independent physicians and small practice groups across California. Our trusted members serve as vital community providers, ensuring critical access to quality care. In the diverse landscape of California, where legislative and regulatory complexities impact healthcare providers statewide, PAC serves as your advocate, persistently championing the issues crucial to our members and their patients in the halls of the State Capitol and beyond.

Our commitment extends beyond advocacy; PAC actively shapes California’s healthcare policies to help physicians run and defend their practices. PAC launched in 2023 and anticipates continued growth and impact. As the sole entity singularly focused on representing independent physicians and small practice groups, we engage in effective dialogue with independent physicians, small group practices, the general public, policymakers, and the media. We monitor legislative and regulatory developments allowing us to support healthcare-friendly initiatives and oppose proposals detrimental to our members and the millions of patients they serve. PAC remains at the forefront, ensuring that independent physicians can concentrate on delivering the highest quality care to their patients while navigating the complex healthcare landscape in California.

Our Mission

To protect and enhance healthcare delivery by small group medical practices and independent physicians while promoting the overall well-being and care of their patients.

Our Vision

We are committed to advocating for a healthcare landscape that empowers and champions small group and independent practices, ensuring their resilience and autonomy. Our advocacy forges a path to a healthcare system that prioritizes and amplifies the presence of high-quality independent providers. We envision a world where the excellence of small medical practices and independent physicians is not only sustained but continually elevated. By ensuring widespread access to these healthcare professionals, we will create a future where every person, regardless of their circumstances, can readily connect with providers delivering exceptional care, ultimately fostering healthier and more equitable communities.

Our Values

Patient-Centered Approach

Patient-Centered Approach

Our advocacy is guided by a deep commitment to the overall well-being and care of patients. We prioritize policies and initiatives that enhance the patient experience, ensuring that healthcare delivery remains focused on personalized, compassionate, and patient-centered practices.

Advocacy for Autonomy

Advocacy for Autonomy

We value and actively promote the value of small group medical practices and independent physicians. We believe that empowering these healthcare providers to make decisions aligned with their unique expertise is essential for fostering a resilient and adaptable healthcare system.

Excellence in Care

Excellence in Care

We are committed to upholding and advancing the standard of excellence in healthcare delivery. We recognize and celebrate the tireless efforts of small medical practices and independent physicians in providing exceptional care to their patients, and we strive to elevate this standard continually.

Equity and Accessibility

Equity and Accessibility

We believe in the inherent right of every individual to access high-quality healthcare, regardless of their circumstances. Our commitment to equity drives us to advocate for policies and practices that ensure widespread access to small group medical practices and independent physicians, contributing to a more accessible and inclusive healthcare landscape.

Collaborative Advocacy

Collaborative Advocacy

We value collaboration as a cornerstone of effective advocacy. By fostering partnerships and alliances, we seek to amplify the collective voice advocating for the interests of small group medical practices and independent physicians, working towards a healthcare system that benefits both providers and patients alike.

Board of Directors

Dr. Kenneth Sim

General Surgeon

Dr. Wayne Kleinman

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Pedram Salimpour

Pediatrician

Dr. Join Luh

Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Andrew Stein

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Omer Deen

Internal Medicine

Debra Phairas

Practice and Liability Consultant

Douglas Shin, J.D.

General Counsel

Dr. Lamia Gabal

Urologist

Executive Staff

Matthew Robinson, J.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Physician Association of California

Matthew Robinson is an experienced healthcare advocate with decades of experience in California policy and politics. Prior to joining PAC, Matthew held senior government affairs roles at some of the highest-profile healthcare companies including Kaiser Permanente and Amazon. In these roles he successfully advocated for patients, employees and physicians’ interests in the challenging legislative and regulatory environment of California. He also represented the California Association of Health Facilities where he played a pivotal role representing the interests of over 850 skilled nursing facilities, 500 intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled, and 120,000 employees. His responsibilities included developing and executing advocacy strategies, cultivating relationships with legislators and government agencies, managing political activity and consultants, and
fostering collaboration across the healthcare continuum.

A licensed attorney in California, Matthew has also successfully defended clinicians against medical malpractice claims and provided legal representation to medical physicians, hospitals, care facilities, and insurance companies across Northern and Southern California.

Matthew received his juris doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law where he was a member of their award-winning mock trial team. He completed his undergraduate studies at St. John University where he was a student-athlete on their Division I baseball team.

A native of Sacramento, Matthew continues to live in the community with his wife and two kids.

Devon Berrier

Executive Chief of Staff

Physician Association of California​

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Matthew Robinson is an experienced healthcare advocate with decades of experience in California policy and politics. Prior to joining PAC, Matthew held senior government affairs roles at some of the highest-profile healthcare companies including Kaiser Permanente and Amazon. In these roles he successfully advocated for patients, employees and physicians’ interests in the challenging legislative and regulatory environment of California. He also represented the California Association of Health Facilities where he played a pivotal role representing the interests of over 850 skilled nursing facilities, 500 intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled, and 120,000 employees. His responsibilities included developing and executing advocacy strategies, cultivating relationships with legislators and government agencies, managing political activity and consultants, and
fostering collaboration across the healthcare continuum.

A licensed attorney in California, Matthew has also successfully defended clinicians against medical malpractice claims and provided legal representation to medical physicians, hospitals, care facilities, and insurance companies across Northern and Southern California.

Matthew received his juris doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law where he was a member of their award-winning mock trial team. He completed his undergraduate studies at St. John University where he was a student-athlete on their Division I baseball team.

A native of Sacramento, Matthew continues to live in the community with his wife and two kids.

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