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About Us / Jeffrey Benabio
Jeffrey Benabio is Physician Director of Healthcare Transformation at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA where he develops strategies and programs that use innovation, design, and technology to move medicine into a modern age. A board-certified dermatologist, he treats over 5,000 patients per year and leads one of the country’s largest telehealth programs. Dr. Benabio is a member of the following committees and work groups at Kaiser Permanente: Re-imagining Ambulatory Design (RAD), Health Information Process Transformation (HIPT), Telehealth, Health 360, and BYOD.
Over the last three years, he has given over 50 lectures and keynote addresses on topics including mobile health, telehealth, healthcare design, social networking, reputation management, patient empowerment, health information technology, and the ACA. A physician leader of social media, he teaches healthcare groups how to engage with patients safely online. As such, he serves on the External Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and writes “Digital Dermatology,” a monthly column on digital medicine published in several healthcare magazines including Skin & Allergy News and Pediatric News.
Dr. Benabio is frequently quoted in national magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, Prevention, Men’s Health, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Perhaps, most importantly, Glamour magazine named him “A Rock Star of Dermatology,” making him his niece’s coolest uncle.
After receiving a BA from Providence College and an AM from Brown University, he graduated first in his class from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he served as Class President and President of Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his medical internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and his dermatology residency at UC Irvine, where he was named chief resident. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Rady School of Management in San Diego, which he will complete in the summer of 2015.
When he isn’t practicing medicine or studying for an exam, he can be found on a Southwest Airlines flight reading another biography of Teddy Roosevelt or Winston Churchill.