GURPREET K. PADAM, MD, FAAFP
In 2009, Dr. Padam co-founded a free clinic for the uninsured, which is now the Guru Nanak Free Medical Clinic in San Jose, California.
While seeing patients in the clinic, she and her colleagues identified a number of unaddressed issues, including domestic violence, lack of resources and lack of social support. This led to the creation of the Sikh Family Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed as a grassroots community-based organization. The Center helps create healthy, violence-free, more equitable communities by bridging gaps in access to public resources and social services, and by providing community members with direct support and education using an empowerment approach that attends to cultural tradition, immigration experiences and language access. Dr. Padam continues to serve the Sikh Family Center as a member of the Board of Directors.
She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for RotaCare Bay Area, which operates free medical clinics throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, providing health care for the uninsured.
After working as Medical Director for Pathways Hospice, she served for over a decade at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City, California in the capacity of Medical Director of Palliative Care Services and Associate Hospice Medical Director, and she cared for Kaiser patients as their primary care physician, visiting them at their homes and in nursing homes.
Dr. Padam is dual board certified in Family Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and she relishes the tenderness of the physician-patient relationship, especially at the end-stages of life.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mental Health Psychology and Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois, she earned her M.D. degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
She also served a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University/VA Palo Alto Inter-Professional Hospice and Palliative Medicine program, and she completed a mini-fellowship in Ethnogeriatrics from the Stanford Geriatric Education Center.
Dr. Padam is a published author and is a reviewer for the Permanente Medical Journal, a peer-reviewed medical journal. She also serves on the Editorial Committee for the San Mateo County Physician magazine.