Speaker Profile:

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Robert J. Altman, MD, MBA

President & CEO

Sutter Health/Gould Medical Group

As President and CEO, Dr. Altman leads a 400 physician and advanced practice clinician medical group in the Central Valley of California that provides highly personalized care with superior quality. Combining the tools of lean and design thinking, we improve the experiences of our patients, staff, and clinicians, while reducing the financial and emotional costs of care with improved efficiency. He continues to practice as a busy general obstetrician and gynecologist, with special interests in high-risk pregnancy and minimally invasive gynecologic and pelvic reconstructive surgery.


Since joining the Gould Medical Group in 1996, Dr. Altman has held numerous positions, including Medical Director for Coding and Compliance, Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Director for Specialty Care. As the inaugural Chair of the Professional Standards Committee, he led the development of the medical group’s physician compact and the creation of the annual bonus, which is based on improvement projects, citizenship, and patient experience.


Dr. Altman completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco after completing his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his bachelor’s degree in biology and in psychology at Cornell University. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University.

Session(s):

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 | 9:10am - 9:50am
Lessons on Building a Culture of Innovative Patient Empathy and Compassion at Sutter Health