PAMF CEO Dr. David Druker Passes Away

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Innovative and beloved physician leader touched lives, improved health care delivery

Dr. David Druker

David was a healer, a teacher, a visionary, and a mentor to all of us. He had an ability to engage the people’s hearts and minds around a singular purpose of creating the very best medical care possible for the community.

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Dr. David Druker, Palo Alto Medical Foundation(PAMF) chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Trustees, has passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 68.

Dr. Druker’s influence was felt far outside the sphere of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Through his intelligence, passion and many national leadership roles, David improved the way that care was delivered throughout our region and country,” said Jeff Gerard, president of the Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region, of which PAMF is a part. “He nurtured open and productive relationships in the communities served by PAMF. He had a particular passion for children and education, and fostered longstanding partnerships with schools.

“David was a healer, a teacher, a visionary, and a mentor to all of us. He had an ability to engage the people’s hearts and minds around a singular purpose of creating the very best medical care possible for the community. From the beginning, he promoted a culture of innovation, often being an early adopter of new technologies or creating new ways of delivering patient-centered care.”

Prior to becoming CEO of PAMF in 1999, Dr. Druker served as chief operating officer of the PAMF from 1994 to 1999, and served as the regional executive officer of the Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region, which includes all of the Sutter Health hospitals and physician groups in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County. He was a member of the Sutter System Management Team, which sets overall policy for Sutter Health. Dr. Druker served as the Executive Director of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic from 1989 to 1995 and was a member of the Executive Board of the Clinic from 1979 to 1995.

Dr. Druker was a board-certified dermatologist, having completed his residency at the University of Oregon School of Medicine in 1975. He received his undergraduate degree in economics at Harvard College, his M.D. from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and completed an internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, followed by his dermatology residency. Following a year of private practice in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Druker and his family moved to Palo Alto, California, where he assumed a position in the Department of Dermatology at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. He also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Druker served as Chairman of the American Medical Group Association and prior to that was a Trustee of the American Group Practice Association and a member of the Board of the Unified Medical Group Association. He served as Chairman of the California Medical Group Association, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG). He served as a Trustee of the California Medical Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a member of the American College of Physician Executives. He was a member of the Santa Clara County Medical Society, the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He also authored numerous papers both on subjects related to dermatology and subjects related to physician leadership.

Dr. Druker lived in Los Altos Hills, Calif. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen, two children, Daniel and Ellen, five grandchildren and two sisters, Hannah and Leah.

For more information, please visit the PAMF newsroom.

Media Contacts:

Jill Antonides
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
650-691-6240 office
650-804-2501 mobile

Erin Macartney
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
650-691-6103 office
650-776-8207 mobile

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