Mission and History

Caring for the Bay Area

Brown & Toland Physicians opened in 1992 with a mission to make a difference in the health of the Bay Area. Nearly two decades later, Alta Bates Medical Group became part of Brown & Toland Physicians.

Today, we are one community of doctors and healthcare professionals who share a single vision: deliver the best care by making it possible for doctors and patients to make medical decisions together.

A tradition of medical innovation

Our work — and our name — is inspired by the legacy of two San Francisco healthcare pioneers.

In the nineteenth century, Dr. Charlotte Amanda Blake Brown founded Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, along with eight prominent physicians. The first hospital run by women for women, Children’s Hospital later became California Pacific Medical Center.

Dr. Hugh Huger Toland arrived in California during the Gold Rush, quickly becoming one of San Francisco’s leading physicians. He established the Toland Medical College in 1864, which became the first viable medical school in San Francisco. The school was transferred as a gift to the University of California in 1873. 

Shaping the future of health

Guided by the wisdom of the past and the possibility of the future, our history is punctuated by a number of key "firsts."

  • We were one of the first medical groups in the nation to deploy integrated electronic health records in the private practice settings.
  • We were named a Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and have since become a leader in the development of ACOs across the Bay Area.

Our mission to serve our doctors guides us to create services and programs that have a positive impact on health — both for our patients and for the doctors that care for them. We also are committed to the growth of our employees and giving back to our local community.