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Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and former UC Davis educator, was elected November 2014 to represent the people of Sacramento and Yolo counties including the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, and West Sacramento in the California State Senate. Dr. Pan continues to practice medicine at The Effort Oak Park Community Clinic, pursuing his passion for working with families to build healthier communities.
As Director of the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program, Dr. Pan created Communities and Health Professionals Together to bring UC Davis physicians together with families and community associations to work on projects that improve health in their neighborhoods. As co-founder and chair of Healthy Kids Healthy Future, Dr. Pan helped secure health, dental and vision coverage for over 65,000 local children. He helped create the Sacramento Health Improvement Project, bringing together doctors, hospitals, clinics and community leaders to ensure that all Sacramento County residents have access to primary health care. Dr. Pan also serves on the United Way California Capitol Region Board and served on the BloodSource board and the Sacramento First Five Commission. For his leadership in education and community development, Dr. Pan has been recognized with the Campus Compact's Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning and the Physician Humanitarian Award from the Medical Board of California.
Elected to the Assembly in 2010, Dr. Pan worked with a variety of partners on legislation and other efforts to help Californians build safer, healthier communities. Working with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Dr. Pan authored legislation creating $90 million in new federal funds for emergency responders, including $2 million for Sacramento neighborhoods. In partnership with the Sacramento City Police and the Sacramento County Sheriff, he established a statewide online database to catch thieves attempting to sell stolen property to pawnshops. He joined with the Consumer Federation of California and the California Alliance of Retired Americans to remove expired medications and baby food from store shelves. Partnering with parents throughout California, Dr. Pan made sure families have the life-saving information they need to protect schools and communities against vaccine-preventable diseases.
As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, Dr. Pan focused on expanding transparency and oversight of government health programs needed to build healthier communities, as well as ensuring federal health care reforms are implemented effectively and efficiently in California. This work built upon legislative hearings Dr. Pan held to address the state’s failed system of dental care coverage for children in Sacramento, as reported by the Sacramento Bee and the Center for Health Reporting.
Dr. Pan and his wife are raising two young sons and run a dental practice where they balance expenses, meet a payroll and understand the challenges of running a small business. Dr. Pan was born and raised around science as his father worked at NASA and his mother in architecture after both immigrated from Taiwan. After graduating from public schools, Dr. Pan earned an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Medical Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University.