Budd N. Shenkin, MD
BA, Harvard College
MD, Harvard Medical School
MAPA, UC Berkeley
Peds Residency, UCSF
Preventive Medicine Residency, US Public Health Service
Board Certified, Pediatrics
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
Like so many Californians, I hail originally from the East. I grew up in Philadelphia, graduated from Harvard College with a major in history, and then followed my father and my grandfather into the medical profession, graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1967. Then I moved to California for the first time, completing a pediatric internship at the University of California at San Francisco. I then served in the United States Public Health Service for six years. During that time I headed the Migrant Health Program for the United States, and later wrote a book about that subject. I also got a Master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Policy (my second move to the Bay Area), did research on health politics at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden, and studied at Yale University.
I then returned to the Bay Area for the third and final time, serving a pediatric residency at UCSF. For three years there I was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, doing research, teaching, and writing papers. I then taught for a year in the Health and Medical Sciences Program at U.C. Berkeley.
Finally, I decided I preferred patient care to teaching (and an office to a University), so I went into practice as a solo practitioner in 1979, and I'm glad I did. That original practice in Oakland has now expanded into Bayside Medical Group. This practice has proved to be the greatest source of professional pride and satisfaction in my life. I am proud of my fellow practitioners in the group, proud of the job we do, and I love our patients. At least, that's the way I feel most of the time!
I am Board Certified in two specialties, pediatrics and preventive medicine. I have occupied several positions of leadership in our East Bay pediatric community. I was Chief of Pediatrics at Alameda Hospital for three years, Chief of Pediatrics at Providence Hospital for three years, and Chief of Pediatrics at Summit Medical Center for five years. I am on the medical staff at Children's Hospital of Oakland, Alta Bates, John Muir, ValleyCare and San Ramon Hospitals. I am also Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at UCSF. I am active in the American Academy of Pediatrics -- I was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the AAP Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM), and also selected to serve on the Committee on Child Health Financing (COCHF).
I should also mention that many pediatricians have special fields of interest within pediatrics. Mine falls in the field loosely defined as psychosocial pediatrics. I have had special training both as an individual and family therapist, and I find that these skills are very useful in day to day practice.