Jerome B. Kornfeld, M.D., FAAFP


Dr. Kornfeld is internationally recognized for his honest and direct discussion of health and medical topics from the mind-body reaction and spirituality to wellness, coping with stress and accessing quality medical care in the era of managed care. Recently retired, he has practiced family medicine in Southern California for more than 35 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine and his postgraduate training at the University of Southern California.  He then went on to open a private practice specializing in family medicine. From 1988 to 1991 he also served as Chief of the Department of Family Practice, Northridge Medial Center in Northridge, California.

Managed Care

From 1991 to 1993, Dr. Kornfeld served as medical director, Case Management Department Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he supervised nurses making decisions on hospital admissions and length of stay. From 1993 to 1995 he served as medical director of the Southern California Independent Practice Association supervising medical quality, health care management and cost control issues for more than 60,000 lives. In addition to managing medical services for patients, Dr. Kornfeld also served on the Executive Committee of the Quality Improvement Council for national health plan, Uni-Health America and he was a member of the Medical Directors Committee for the National IPA Coalition (NIPAC), the organization that develops standards and protocols for California's lPAs (independent practice associations).

In the early 80's, while maintaining his practice Dr. Kornfeld launched a public career as a teacher and advocate for medical consumers. He broke new ground as the first medical reporter on the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles where he made frequent appearances the Eyewitness News. He also served as the on air medical expert on AM Los Angeles, a morning show hosted by Regis Philbin and eventually went on to perform a similar service on the nationally syndicated TV show, Body ByJake.

Dr. Kornfeld remains active as a member of the faculty of UCLA medical school, teaching medical students how to communicate with patients. He is also in high demand as a motivational speaker specializing in healthcare issues and has traveled to Australia and across the U.S. addressing corporate audiences at multinational companies including Bristol-Meyers Squibb, G.D. Searle and Wyeth Ayerst Laboratories, Copps Food Market and an array of company retreats. Dr. Kornfeld also addresses medical staffs at hospitals on dealing with depression related to managed care changes in health care delivery and the need for doctors to remain committed to their medical oaths. He is also actively involved with TEC International, a global organization of CEO's.

Dr. Kornfeld is a prolific writer and contributor to medical and trade publications including recent articles in Medical Economics, Sharing Ideas and Hospital Practice. He is also author of the book Fatherhood Formula, a resource book for new fathers. Dr. Kornfeld is a charter diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a recipient of a Physician's Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.

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