Brown & Toland's Leadership Team
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Meet the Brown & Toland leadership team.
Neal Birnbaum, M.D.,
Chairman of the Board
Chairman Neal Birnbaum, M.D., is chief of rheumatology at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), where he was twice-elected chief of staff. Dr. Birnbaum is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a past president of the American College of Rheumatology. A graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Birnbaum completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Joel Klompus, M.D.,
Dr. Klompus took the helm as president of Brown & Toland after serving on the company’s board of directors for 17 years. Previously, he was vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and head of the CPMC outpatient teaching clinic. Dr. Klompus has been in private practice with Pacific Internal Medicine Associates Medical Group for 30 years. Dr. Klompus earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency at CPMC, where he was the chief resident in internal medicine his last year. Dr. Klompus also serves on the executive committee of Pan Med Physicians in San Francisco.
Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Robison was named chief executive officer of Brown & Toland in January 2018. A healthcare executive with 25 years’ industry experience, Robison worked in leadership and executive roles with Brown & Toland from 1995 to 2013. Most recently, she was OptumCare’s chief development officer and worked to successfully build, acquire and transform large physician groups, growing to more than 30 markets and over 20,000 employed and contracted physicians in various medical groups and independent practice association (IPA) settings. Robison also held previous positions at John Muir Health System and Alameda Alliance for Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and a Master of Public Administration, Health Care Administration from California State University, Hayward.
Chief Information Officer
Soma Bulusu was named chief information officer at Brown & Toland in March, 2013. A information technology veteran with close to 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, he previously was vice president, chief information officer for Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif., a director at Covansys, and a senior principal with Oracle Corporation. He earned a bachelor’s in engineering in India and a master’s in environmental engineering from the University of Arizona. Bulusu previously received the CIO Innovators of the Year award from Frost & Sullivan for his outstanding work and contribution in pioneering care management solutions at Marin General Hospital.
Chief Financial Officer
A specialist in healthcare finance, Gam joined Brown & Toland in 2010 from Talbert Medical Group in Southern California where he was chief financial officer. Earlier positions at Talbert included director of finance and vice president. He also has served as director of finance for the City of Hope Hospital in Los Angeles and controller for MedPartners in Southern California. Gam was born and raised in Denmark where he completed his education and earned certification in accounting and taxation.
Pamela S. Laesch M.D.,
Chief Medical Officer
Pamela Laesch, M.D., joined Brown & Toland Physicians in July 2014. She previously was the Northern California regional medical director for Health Net, Inc., and, prior to that, was a senior medical director for Executive Health Resources, a Medicare compliance company. Dr. Laesch also was assistant medical director for Berkeley Emergency Medical Group. Board certified in Emergency Medicine and a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Laesch earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her medical degree from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Christ Hospital and Medical Clinic in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Chief Operations Officer
A healthcare professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Delia Peterson first joined Brown & Toland in 2001 and has held a number of positions within the organization, including Director of Physician Services and Performance Improvement, and Vice President of Network Contracting and Physician Services, before being named Chief Operations Officer in February 2017. The San Francisco native studied locally at San Francisco State University and is active in several industry initiatives designed to support the independent practice model of care.
Fiona Wilson, M.D.,
Senior Vice President and Chief of Clinical Transformation
An advocate for transforming primary care, Dr. Wilson was a member of the Brown & Toland Board of Directors from 1996 to 2007. She joined the organization as vice president of quality in July 2007. Dr. Wilson earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. A former leadership fellow with the California HealthCare Foundation, she practiced Internal medicine at UCSF for 19 years before joining the executive team at Brown & Toland.
Jill Yegian, Ph.D.,
Chief Public Programs Officer
Jill Yegian, Ph.D., joined Brown & Toland in February 2017. She previously was a senior vice president for Programs and Policy at the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), and prior to the IHA, she co-directed the American Institutes for Research’s (AIR) Health Policy and Research Group, where she was responsible for strategic planning for the group, leading multiple proposals and projects on topics including the consumer use of quality and cost information for decision-making and health insurance exchanges. Previously, Dr. Yegian spent 13 years with the California HealthCare Foundation, where she worked to improve the state’s financing and delivery systems for health care. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in health services and policy analysis from the University of California - Berkeley.