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.