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Peter Valenzuela, MD, MBA

San Francisco Bay Area

I am a nationally recognized authority and frequent speaker in the areas of clinical leadership development, change management and medical innovation based on an extensive background leading medical groups in the private, academic and integrated sector. In 2012, I was awarded Physician Executive of the Year by the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives for outstanding leadership to achieve exceptional medical group performance. My goal is to prepare companies for the new medical environment.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Change Management

    Critical to the success of any healthcare system is the integration of physicians to lead the quality and change efforts. Based on my experience with multi-specialty medical groups, I have established key steps to creating leadership models with clear roles and accountabilities to help move the enterprise forward under the new healthcare environment.

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Integrated healthcare systems
    • Accountable Care Organizations
    • change management
    • physician integration
    • organizational development
    • Provider Engagement
  • Clinical Leadership Development

    I completed an educational training fellowship focused on understanding and applying performance-based training and development techniques including curriculum design, delivery methods, training technology and evaluation. My experience led to the creation of an intranet training platform based on the Center for Creative Leadership training model.

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Administration
    • Leadership Development
    • curriculum design
    • physician leadership
  • Clinical Operations

    I am board certified through the American College of Medical Practice Executives with professional competence in medical practice management including: business operations, financial management, human resource management, information management, organizational governance, patient care systems, quality management and risk management. My true passion incorporates lean methodologies.

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Ambulatory care
    • Clinical Operations
    • Physician Offices/Clinics
    • clinical workflow

My Interests

Health Sectors
Digital Health, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery, Payers


  • Chief Medical Officer-Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods

    Sutter Health | October 2013 - Current

    Responsible for oversight of all issues related to financial and medical group operations as well as the clinical and service quality efforts at Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation with approximately 125 multi-specialty providers in Sonoma County.

  • Vice President- Northwest Network

    PeaceHealth Medical Group | October 2012 - September 2013

    Responsible for overall strategy, tactics and systems related to operations of multi-specialty medical group network across four regions with over 220,000 visits annually.

  • Medical Director

    PeaceHealth Medical Group | February 2010 - September 2013

    Accountable for quality, provider performance, recruitment and clinical operations of medical group with 125 multi-specialty providers located in 20 clinical facilities throughout Bellingham, Washington.

  • Regional Chair of Family Medicine

    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center | July 2007 - January 2010

    Led community-based family medicine residency program comprised of seven faculty supervising 18 residents and 2 geriatric fellows with a goal of providing a rigorous training curriculum enabling graduates to practice in any geographical area with a special emphasis on under served locations.

  • Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs

    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center | July 2006 - January 2010

    Responsible for evaluating clinical efficiency and productivity for all academic health centers affiliated with Texas Tech in the Permian Basin region encompassing over 40 faculty physicians and 60 residents at eleven clinical facilities. Transitioned out of dual role into solely serving as Regional Chair of Family Medicine during 2009.


  • Auburn University

    M.B.A. | Healthcare | 2003 - 2005

  • John Peter Smith Hospital

    Residency Training | Family Medicine | 1998 - 2001

  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

    M.D. | Medicine | 1994 - 1998

  • The University of Texas at Austin

    B.A. | Biology | 1990 - 1994