Steve Tarzynski MD is a practicing pediatrician and president of the California Physicians Alliance. Dr. Tarzynski has over four decades of activist experience in health care reform and other progressive movements.
He was the first American pediatrician to work in Mozambique after independence and served there in wartime conditions for two years (1982-84). Dr. Tarzynski is a partner in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group where he has practiced exclusively in the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program since 1984. From 1993-2000 he was Assistant Medical Director for the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles area, he was Chief of Service for Pediatrics for the West Los Angeles area from 2002-2013, and currently serves as the West Los Angeles Physician Director for Community Relations and Marketing.
Dr. Tarzynski is a voluntary faculty member and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from Rush Medical College in 1977. He then did his internship and residency in Pediatrics at L.A. County-USC Medical Center. He holds a M.P.H degree from UCLA. He is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Tarzynski is married to Kathleen Sheldon, a highly regarded scholar whose specialty is African women’s history. They have two grown children, one is a pediatrician and one is an attorney and serving Marine Corps officer, and one grandchild.