Guest Blogger

Ricky Choi MD

Ricky Choi MD

Ricky Y. Choi, MD, MPH is the Department Head of Pediatrics at Asian Health Services Community Health Center in Oakland, CA. There he provides agency wide leadership in formulating policy and procedures in pediatric care. He also provides primary care for those patients who speak any of ten different Asian languages.

Dr. Choi a Co-Founder of HealthBegins, a nonprofit think-and-do tank that demonstrates how smart medicine starts upstream. He is a consummate advocate for improving healthcare quality and access for low income and immigrant families for which he has been featured in both ethnic and mainstream media.

He has authored textbook chapters on access to care for Asian Americans and Korean Americans. He leads the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the care of immigrant children as the first Chair of the AAP Immigrant Child Health Special Interest Group. He has served on the AAP Northern California Board since 2009 and is Vice-Chair of the First 5 Alameda County Commission for Children and Families. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Physicians Alliance.

Dr. Choi has past appointments to advisory councils of the California Health and Human Services Agency in the areas of multicultural health, care for children with special health care needs, and pediatric health care quality. He is a past blogger for SFGate and his writing can been seen in the Huffington Post.

Dr. Choi has degrees from the University of Chicago, Medical University of South Carolina, Harvard University and completed his internship and pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a past Fellow of the California HealthCare Foundation Health Care Leadership Program.

Dr. Choi lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his talented wife and three spirited children.

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Twitter: @rychoimd


Blog Posts by Ricky Choi MD

  • Three kindergarten children. A hispanic boy wearing a red shirt, an Asian girl wearing a pink top, and a black girl wearing a green top

    The State of Child Wellness

    As a pediatrician I am dedicated to the health of each individual patient.  My hope is also that my career adds up to improve the status of child health and well-being as a population. Many of the factors that play into child health such as nutrition and safety are driven by circumstances outside the walls […]

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  • Close-up of a toddler girl hugging newborn

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Prepare Your Child Early For A New Baby

    When rounding on newborn babies in the hospital I make it a point to ask if there is an older sibling.  How old is the new big sister and/or brother? Who is taking care of them now?  How has your family helped to prepare the child for the new baby? It is normal for children to experience a […]

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  • Yawning baby girl in a blue poka dot oneis

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Newborn Secrets

    As a pediatrician I find that many parents have similar concerns and questions about their newborn.  Here are responses to some of the most frequent questions I get from parent about their healthy baby: 1) Why is my newborn sneezing?  Does the baby have a cold? A: It is normal for newborns to sneeze.  It […]

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  • Caucasian pre-school age girl admires her new baby sister as her mom holds her up to show it to her

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Naming Your Child

    Baby names are a big deal.  There are many considerations to be made such as cultural traditions, family names and how the name will sound with the baby’s surname.  There are constituencies (family and friends) to satisfy.  The name must be smart, elegant/dashing, fun, interesting, dynamic, CEO-esk and not too common but not too weird. […]

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  • Asian father holds newborn baby girl while mother (out of focus) makes a call from her hospital bed

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: New Fathers

    “Wow, you are an expert at that,” says the man at my side watching me effortlessly swaddle his newborn in a blanket.  “Yeah, I’ve had practice,” I reply.  After years of swaddling my own three children and thousands of newborns I had better be an “expert” swaddler.  But his comment isn’t about me.  It is […]

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