About George Ting, MD
I am a “double immigrant.” Our family left China with the 1949 revolution and ended up in post-war Japan. My parents had the foresight to send my two sisters and me to American schools, planning for us to go to the U.S. for college.
I saw America while studying: undergrad at Columbia in New York, medical school at USC in Los Angeles, and house staff training in Chicago. Since physicians settle down where they do fellowship training, I chose Stanford, and have been here ever since.
My first job was my last job. I joined the El Camino Renal Medical Group based at El Camino Hospital, which has been the center of my professional life now for 40 great years. This is the only place I can call home, I am very grateful to be here, and now to give back to this wonderful community.
Our families are the most important part of life for Terri and me. She is close to her two children, and I have family throughout the Bay Area. I have two adopted grandchildren, an unusual but joyful gift. We enjoy traveling, and gardening. I golf. Not well, but enjoy the challenges of the game and the camaraderie. I love cooking for the family: a creative outlet for a foodie, and a chance to share and talk.
Professionally I could not have asked for more. Being Medical Director of Quality Assurance challenged me to deal with difficult physicians with respect, and how to inspire colleagues to define our professionalism. I learned business management and operations as Medical Director for all of ECH Dialysis Services for 25 years. I loved teaching at Stanford for over 30 years, and being adjunct Professor of Medicine.
My greatest unresolved challenge after three decades was securing ECH the all-important partnership with its own physicians, starting from the well conceived but ill-fated integration of the Sunnyvale Medical Clinic and ECH into Camino Healthcare in the 1990s, to numerous subsequent efforts to organize independent doctors, an oxymoron. Success remains elusive.
I believe the current Board plan to develop its own physician partners has flaws, but can be fixed. This led me to run for the Board, so I can review, and if appropriate, ask the Board to re-evaluate their current physician strategy, and consider important additions which will significantly increase chances for success.