Medical Center at Kaiser Permanente in 2007. Her accomplishments as chief included starting the first Northern California Kaiser Permanente Cardiology Fellowship program, developing a regional Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, and overseeing the development of one of the largest commercial TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) programs in the country. In July 2014, Dr. Ansari was asked to take on the roles of chief of staff for the hospital and serve as physician in chief for the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. Her primary goal in these new positions is to highlight a patient-centered approach and to help design systems that will continue to deliver on excellent service, access, and quality. She will also oversee the expansion of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco into a second campus at Mission Bay by 2016. Dr. Ansari lives in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood with her husband and two kids. You might see her running in Golden Gate Park with her University of Michigan gear on.
Erica Goode, MD
Richard Dean Rider, MD | October 25, 1923–June 24, 2014 Dr. Rider, a San Francisco general surgeon who practiced at Franklin Hospital (Ralph K. Davies Hospital since 1955), died at age 90. He was one of three sons of physician parents; both he and his older brother, J. Alfred Rider, pursued careers as surgeons. Dr. Rider, as he was known, graduated from the University of Chicago in 1943. His medical training was at McGill University Medical School, where he met his future wife, Connie Beebe, a surgical nurse. Following his residency in surgery and a staff position in Wichita, he and Connie were lured to San Francisco by his brother Alfred. The Riders and their family moved to Mill Valley. His avocation was automobiles, which he fixed endlessly in his spare time; he died owning fifteen cars, including his favorite, a 1958 Chevy Impala. It was acquired from a patient in lieu of payment for surgery; Dr. Rider assumed the remaining car payments. In fact, Dr. Rider often wrote off bills, reduced fees, and visited patients at home free of charge. He was known for never turning away a patient, including neighborhood children with cuts and fractures and, occasionally, injured animals who received surgery in the family kitchen. Dr. Rider was a member of the AMA, CMA, and San Francisco Medical Society from 1955 onward. He became involved early in caring for HIV/AIDS patients during the 1980s. His concern for the elderly extended to his work as medical director of the Crossroads Home Care and Hospice Facility. He made many “excess” home visits, which were often denied payment from Medicare and insurance companies. He was on the medical staff at CPMC until almost the end of his life, and he continued to scrub in with younger surgeons until his ninetieth year. He was at home in Mill Valley during his last days, supported by family and caregivers. His beloved wife died four years ago; his brother J. Alfred also predeceased him. He is survived by his younger brother, Dale Rider of Chicago, and five children and ten grandchildren. His type of medical care has expired with the dawn of this century; now it is EMRs, insurance scrutiny, and mandated decision trees for care. Time and financial constraints, administrative burdens, and the cost of living in the Bay Area have all taken a toll, and Dr. Rider was fortunate to have been ahead of this crushing tidal wave.
SEPTEMBER 2014 SAN FRANCISCO MEDICINE
San Francisco Medicine, Vol. 87, No. 7, September 2014