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Officer Spotlight: Dr. Diana Shiba

As we wrap up our spotlight pieces on the new LACMA officers, we caught up with Diana Shiba, MD at the Private Practice Consortium. Dr. Shiba is the new LACMA Secretary and while she’s served on the LACMA board, this is her first term as a LACMA officer.

Outside of LACMA, Dr. Shiba is Director of Government Relations for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Medical Association and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of CAPG.  Born and raised in LA, Dr. Shiba returned to the area after completing her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and her medical training at UC Davis and UC San Diego.  A mother of twins and practicing ophthalmologist, she is also a leader in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Board examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Leadership in organized medicine and within her medical group didn’t initially factor into Dr. Shiba’s career plans. But she has come to believe that stepping forward into these roles is part of her responsibility to her patients and to the House of Medicine as a whole.  Having a role in advocacy is something she has now embraced, and she recognizes that the physician voice is critically important to the future of medicine.

She said, “One voice truly can make a difference.” This was impressed on her when she had the opportunity to tell Senator Diane Feinstein a story about a young patient she had met during her residency training, who was having difficulty accessing medical care. She found out later that Senator Feinstein shared that same story on the floor of the Senate. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard recently reinforced this idea by telling her that representatives want to hear from physicians. The congresswoman said, “You physicians need to tell us what you think because we’re doing healthcare now.”

She expressed gratitude to her husband, Dr. Ritchie Yuson for his support as she wears her multiple hats and they both juggle parenthood with career. Dr. Shiba also credited the Southern California Permanente Medical Group for supporting the work of the physician team in Government Relations.

She was clear in recognizing that mentors have helped and guided her along the way and that she tries to return that favor to other physicians. She added that it’s important to her to be available as a mentor to young female physicians as they undertake the “incredibly difficult task of balancing the essential roles we have as women in both our professional and personal lives.”

She echoed the message we’ve heard from several of our LACMA leaders and physician advocates.  “We have joined LACMA and CMA because our physician and patient voices are stronger when we work in unison.”

Dr. Shiba, we’d like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and for all you give to LACMA!

 

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