Richard Pan

Richard Juien-Dah Pan (born October 28, 1965) is an American Democratic politician who is currently California State Senate representing the 6th Senate district, which encompasses parts of Sacramento and Yolo counties. He is also a practicing pediatrician.

Richard Pan

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Member of the California State Senate
from the 6th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded byDarrell Steinberg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 9th district
In office
December 3, 2012 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byredistricted
Succeeded byJim Cooper
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 5th district
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byRoger Niello
Succeeded byredistricted
Personal details
Richard Juien-Dah Pan

(1965-10-28) October 28, 1965 (age 54)
Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Wen-Li Wang
ResidenceSacramento, California
Alma materJohns Hopkins University (BS)
University of Pittsburgh (MD)
Harvard University (MPH)
ProfessionPediatrician (legislative) (campaign)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu PinyinPān Jūn Dá

Pan is Vice-Chair of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. Prior to being elected to the State Senate in 2014, he was a member of the California State Assembly representing the 5th Assembly District, and after the 2010 redistricting, the 9th Assembly District.

Early life and educationEdit

Pan was born in Yonkers, New York and raised in Pittsburgh to immigrant parents from Taiwan.[1] Pan received a B.A. in Biophysics at The Johns Hopkins University, a M.D. at the University of Pittsburgh entering into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and a M.P.H. at Harvard University. He completed his pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital also serving as Chief Resident in Pediatrics and was a Primary Care Research Fellow and Anne Dyson Pediatric Advocacy Fellow at Children's Hospital Boston. He also was a California HealthCare Foundation Health Care Leadership Fellow.[2]

Medical careerEdit

Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a pediatrician and professor at the UC Davis Children's Hospital,[3] where he led the pediatric residency program. In 2005, CPT received the Community Campus Partnerships for Health Award[4] and in 2008, Pan received the Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning[5] for his work on CHPT. Pan also taught community development at UC Davis.[6]

He is a board member of the United Way California Capitol Region,[7] a past board member of BloodSource,[8] a regional blood bank, and served for six years as a Commissioner on the Sacramento First 5 Commission,[9] which supports programs for children 0–5 years. He was a founding board member and chair of Healthy Kids Healthy Future,[10] a regional administrative agency that obtained health care coverage for over 65,000 children in Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yuba counties. He also was a founding member of the Sacramento Health Improvement Project,[11] a coalition of physicians, hospitals, clinics, and community activists working to strengthen the health care safety-net in Sacramento County.

Educational careerEdit

Pan is a teaching faculty member at UC Davis, and has published numerous papers on medical education and physician workforce. He served on the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education[12] and on the board of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education,[13] which oversees physician residency education in the United States. He also was an Ambulatory Pediatric Association National Pediatric Faculty Development Scholar.

Legislative careerEdit

Following a measles outbreak beginning in Californiainfecting 136 people in California, Pan and Senator Ben Allen introduced California Senate Bill 277 in 2015, which eliminated philosophical and religious beliefs exemptions to vaccine requirements for California school children. The bill passed and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Pan authored laws to expand newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (AB395 in 2011), adrenoleukodystrophy (AB1559 in 2014) and all conditions recommended by the federal DHHS Recommended Universal Screening Panel (SB1095 in 2016). Pan authored legislation to extend the California Children's Services Program managed care carve-out (AB301 in 2011) and to establish the Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Board to guide Medi-Cal policy affecting children (AB357 in 2014).

In the California State Senate, Pan is Chair of the Committee on Health and the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services, the Select Committee on the 2020 United States Census, and the Select Committee on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. He also serves on the Senate Committees on Budget and Fiscal Review; Business, Professions, and Economic Development; Education; Labor, Public Employment and Retirement and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee; Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and Joint Committee on the Arts. Pan previously served as Chair of the Senate Committees on Public Employment and Retirement and Labor and Industrial Relations and on the Committee on Agriculture.

Prior to serving in the state senate, he was a member of the California State Assembly. Pan was Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, and was a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, and Revenue and Taxation.[14] Previously, Pan was Vice-Chair of the Assembly Veterans' Affairs Committee, and served on the Committees on Aging and Long-Term Care, and Accountability and Administrative Review. He was also the Chair of the Select Committee on Healthcare Workforce and Access to Care.[15]

He continues to practice at Wellspace Health's Oak Park Community Clinic,[16] where he established the pediatric clinic while at UC Davis Children's Hospital.[17]


Pan has received many awards for his community and professional leadership including the UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Diversity and Community,[18] the Medical Board of California Physician Humanitarian Award,[19] the American Academy of Pediatrics Abraham Jacobi Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in pediatrics, the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Medical Honor Award,[20] the California School Nurses Organization Lydia Smiley Award,[21][22] the United Way California Capitol Region Clarence La Rue Outstanding Volunteer Award, and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento Hearts and Hands Award. Pan has also received numerous state and national awards for his legislative work including the National Consumers League Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award[23] and the American Medical Association Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.[24]


  1. ^ "California's new vaccine law: Freshman senator wins plaudits from colleagues". July 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  3. ^ "Welcome to UC Davis Children's Hospital". 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  4. ^ "CCPH - Past Awards Recipients". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  5. ^ "Campus Compact Honors UC Davis Physician for Innovative Partnerships to Promote Community Health - Campus Compact". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  6. ^ "UC Davis: Community Development Graduate Group". 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  7. ^ "United Way California Capital Region". United Way California Capital Region. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011.
  8. ^ "Blood Donations & Transfusions in California | Plasma & Platelet Donations". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  9. ^ "First 5 Sacramento Commission". Archived from the original on July 3, 2010.
  10. ^ "Healthy Kids Healthy Future, Regional Children's Health Initiative". July 16, 2011. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  11. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on March 28, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "About the Council on Medical Education". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  13. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Committees - Assemblymember Jim Cooper Representing the 9th California Assembly District". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  15. ^ [1] Archived August 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Oak Park Community Health Center". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  17. ^ "UC Davis partnership with The Effort provides care for Oak Park children". Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  18. ^ "Awards honor efforts that promote community :: Dateline UC Davis". 2004-01-30. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  19. ^ Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ UC Davis Health System, Department of Public Affairs and Marketing (2010-04-21). "UC Davis Health System Feature Story: California School Nurses Organization selects". Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  22. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on August 12, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ Klein, Ben. "Trumpeter Awards winners". National Consumers League.
  24. ^ "News".

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