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Sunny Pak, MD, MPH, L. Ac 2018-02-08T16:57:14+00:00

Sunny Pak, MD, MPH, L. Ac

Family Medicine

Chinatown Public Health Center is a safety net clinic that serves a community that is made up of predominantly Chinese immigrants just like myself many years ago. Many of these folks are low income and have a language barrier which pose many challenges. I have experienced those challenges first-hand when I first came to the US. I simply get a sense of fulfillment to be able lend a helping hand when they are sick, and to keep them healthy.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

BA, UC Berkeley, 1995

American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, MSTCM, 2001

MD, University of California Davis School of Medicine, 2009

MPH, Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, 2013

Residency, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Family Medicine & Preventive Medicine, 2013

Board Certification, Family Medicine, 2013

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS

Assistant Medical Director, Chinatown Public Health Center, San Francisco, CA

AWARDS AND HONORS

Second Place, Inland Empire Regional Research Competition, Loma Linda, CA, 2013

Most Dedicated Medical Student Co-Director Award at Paul Hom Asian Clinic, UCDSOM, Sacramento, CA, 2007

The Mackenzie Foundation Scholarship, for dedication to Primary Care Medicine, UCDSOM, Sacramento, CA, 2008, 2009

BIO

I have always seen myself as a bridge. Born in Hong Kong and coming to San Francisco at age 10, I immigrated to the US with my mother mainly for the better air quality since I was constantly getting sick from the pollution in Hong Kong when I was a child. My mother would often take me to see physicians trained in Western Medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for my upper respiratory infections, which has given me a sense of integrative approach to health early on. This is the reason why I pursued a study in both TCM and Western Medicine, allowing me not only to function now as a Family Medicine physician but also treat ailments as an Acupuncturist. Being bilingual and bicultural has been crucial in my work. Speaking both Cantonese and Mandarin has also allowed me to serve a greater number of patients at Chinatown. I am also an optimist and believe that we can always improve our work, which has lead me to take on projects in administration and quality improvement. I am grateful that I am now able to apply all that I know to help our patients at CPHC.

FUN FACT ABOUT ME

Woodworking makes me calm. I would love to open a restaurant when I retire… that is if I learn how to cook better between now and then…

CHINATOWN PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER

Chinatown Public Health Center
1490 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94133, USA