“… keeps our focus steadfastly devoted to the patients first.”
From his duties as chief of the Emergency Department, to serving as “team doc” for a local high school football team, to donating time at a local free clinic, Dr. Joshua Weil loves the challenge of emergency medicine and the opportunity to intervene when it matters most.
“He does a great job running the emergency department,” says colleague Don Miller, MD. “He keeps our focus steadfastly devoted to the patients first and foremost, just the way it should be.”
And that devotion extends beyond Kaiser Permanente and Santa Rosa. Dr. Weil traveled to Sri Lanka after the deadly tsunami and to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. He often found people suffering more emotionally than physically. He responded to both needs with generosity and warmth.
“The children in Sri Lanka were especially hard hit,” says Dr. Weil. “Many had already been orphaned by a long civil war. Now, they lost more people they’d grown to love and trust.”
Dr. Weil knows that sometimes the best medicine is a loving heart, so he and his colleagues prescribed a healthy dose of fun. They passed out toys and played games with the kids, giving them a much-needed respite from the sadness and chaos surrounding them.
“It was wonderful to see the kids laugh and have a good time after all they’d been through,” says Dr. Weil. “This guy does everything!” says Dr. Miller. “He’s just amazing.”