Associate Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Dr. Preston Maring is the Associate Physician-in-Chief at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, Kaiser Permanente's first hospital location. He is responsible for tertiary care services planning and development for Oakland's 200,000 health plan members as well as members from around the Northern California region. Preston has been at the Oakland Medical Center for more than 35 years. While maintaining a part-time clinical practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he has previously served as Chief of Service and Physician-in Chief before his current position, assumed in 1997.Preston is an enthusiastic cook. He was supported by Kaiser Permanente leadership at Oakland Medical Center to start a farmers market for the benefit of staff, members, visitors, farmers and the surrounding community. The success of this first market has inspired Kaiser Permanente employees at multiple facilities in six states and the District of Columbia to create their own markets. The innovation and spirit of the local facility sponsors has resulted in different market models, community outreach and a program-wide focus on healthy eating. Preston has personally supported the development of many of these markets. More recently, he has worked with Kaiser Permanente and the Community Alliance With Family Farmers to help create a system that sources produce for in-patient meals from small family farmers.Preston has a regular blog on local foods and is getting very involved in other food policy work within the organization that is directed toward a more sustainable food system. He believes that the availability of healthy food choices is fundamentally important in support of Kaiser Permanente's wide-reaching health education and health maintenance programs that are sponsored within the program and in the community.