Dr. Gerry Bourne directs the Encore Physician Program, which places retired physicians at community health centers that care for the underserved, where they use their decades of experience to treat patients and mentor younger clinicians. The program’s pilot phase in the San Francisco Bay Area is supported by a grant from Northern California Kaiser Community Services.
Gerry spent 25 years as a cardiologist at Kaiser Vallejo in California, which gave him an understanding of the social determinants of health, the effectiveness of prevention, and the importance of universal access to care. While medical director of Contra Costa Health Plan, Gerry worked closely with community health centers to increase access to resources and improve quality measures.
He is on the Board of the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and is active on the Exercise and Sports Committee. He leads the Permanente Medical Group Retired Physician Association Opportunity Committee, which is dedicated to purposeful second careers.
Gerry grew up in Montreal, Canada and graduated medical school at McGill University.