David S. Sobel, MD, MPH
||Medical Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion
The Permanente Medical Group
David S. Sobel, MD, MPH, is director of Patient Education and Health
Promotion for The Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Permanente’s
Northern California Region. He practices adult primary care medicine
at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices in San Jose. He also served
as physician lead for Patient-Centered Care for the Care Management
Institute of Kaiser Permanente.
David’s research and teaching interests include medical self-care,
patient education, preventive medicine, behavioral medicine, and
psychosocial factors in health. He is coauthor of seven books including:
Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, The Healing Brain,
Healthy Pleasures, and Mind & Body Health Handbook. He also
served as an invited delegate to the World Health Organization (WHO)
Congress that generated the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion.
David is project director for two programs that won the James A
Vohs Award for Quality: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
(multi-region winner in 2002) and The Self-Care/Healthwise Handbook
Program (runner-up in 1997). He is also a recipient of the TPMG Exceptional
Contribution Award for 2005 for creating, developing, and disseminating
health education programs that support Kaiser Permanente members
throughout the continuum of care. He has also been named the 2010 Honorary Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the highest award bestowed on a non-member who has made significant and lasting contributions to health and health education.
David completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the
University of Michigan. He then received his medical training at
the University of California, San Francisco with a medical internship
at Presbyterian Hospital-Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
He also completed a master’s degree in public health and a
residency program in General Preventive Medicine at the School of
Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.