2018 Member Spotlight – Phil Chuang


Dr. Phil Chuang is Senior Vice President – Clinical Services, Northern California, Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Chuang earned a BA in molecular biology from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in molecular biology from UCLA. Dr. Chuang began his healthcare career in management consulting at Accenture. He left consulting to focus on healthcare IT, first at a health IT startup where he worked for three years. He then had three “traditional” CIO/IT leadership positions, the last of which culminated in a VP of Strategy and Business Development role at Sutter Health focusing on home and community based care and complex care models for seniors. In 2019, Dr. Chuang left his position at Sutter for an executive role at Kaiser. Dr. Cheung is board certified in healthcare leadership as a Fellow of ACHE. He is a member of the Asian Healthcare Leaders (AHL) Forum, AHL liaison to the CAHL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and an active mentor of the ACHE Leadership Mentoring Network.

Thoughts on Mentoring

I’ve had several shifts in my career and have been lucky to have mentors who have helped guide my development and pushed me to expand my career horizons. It’s incredibly helpful to have someone who can challenge your own assumptions about yourself and suggest ways to prepare for (and test out) a move for your next job. As a mentor, I’ve had a fantastic leader who I’ve worked with for a year and a half. It’s been a great way to give back to our profession, and I encourage everyone to do this. It has been very gratifying to help someone in the same way that others have helped me. Working with her on her career path inspired me to take action myself. We both moved up to our next career step within a month or so of each other, so we celebrated together!