NEWS | July 20, 2020

UC Davis School of Medicine grad to lead Los Angeles County Medical Association

Diana Shiba is the first Asian American woman elected to the position in the organization’s long history.

(SACRAMENTO)

UC Davis School of Medicine alumna Diana Shiba has been elected president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA), making her the first Asian American woman to lead the organization in its nearly 150-year history.

Diana Shiba Diana Shiba

Shiba, an ophthalmologist, takes the helm at a critical moment. “In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s crucial for us to take advantage of the expertise and impact of our medical associations,” she said on LACMA’s website.

The organization says one of her first priorities will be the launch of a new Health Equity Council, aimed at addressing racism and health inequality.

Shiba graduated from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 2005 and completed her ophthalmology residency at UC San Diego.

She works for Kaiser Permanente as its chief government relations officer and regional assistant medical director for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. She’s also currently on the Board of Trustees of the California Medical Association and teaches courses in cataract surgery at UCLA.

LACMA represents more than 7,000 physicians. Shiba will serve a one-year term

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