Michael Kanter, MD

Chief Quality Officer of The Permanente Federation

Dr. Michael Kanter is Executive Vice President, Quality and Chief Quality Officer of The Permanente Federation, the national umbrella organization for the more than 21,000 physicians who provide care to Kaiser Permanente’s 11.7 million members. He’s also the Regional Medical Director of Quality & Clinical Analysis for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, overseeing the following areas: quality, clinical analysis and clinical practice guidelines, utilization of drugs, medical imaging and laboratory services, health education, patient safety, physician education, research and evaluation, innovation, residency programs and physician education, purchaser engagement and marketing, as well as measurement of access and service. He’s the Associate Dean of Quality Science in the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine and serves on the school’s implementation team. Dr. Kanter has authored more than 65 articles published in peer review journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Harvard Business Review, and authored chapters in five books. Dr. Kanter received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cybernetics from University of California, Los Angeles, and an MD from University of California, San Francisco. He has participated in the Institute of Medicine Committee on Diagnostic Errors and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Systems Engineering for a health care report on accelerating improvement through systems engineering. He is the co-chair of the Practice Improvement Committee of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and is also a member of the Standards Committee of NCQA.

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