Brent K. Sugimoto, MD, MPH, a family physician and founder and chief medical officer at Decoded Health, Inc., in Oakland, California, serves as the new physician member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Sugimoto was elected to a one-year term by the new physician constituency during the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders and was confirmed by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.
A new physician is a doctor in his or her first seven years of practice following residency completion. As the new physician member of the board of directors, Sugimoto represents the interests and opinions of the new physician constituency to the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates. He also advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the US health care system.
A member of the AAFP since 2013, Sugimoto has served as a member of the Commission on Membership and Member Services since 2016, for which he has served as liaison to the Subcommittee on Health Equity. In 2017, he was elected by the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders to be a delegate to the 2017 AAFP Congress of Delegates. In addition, Sugimoto served as a co-convener for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Caucus at the NCCL in 2016 and 2017.
Sugimoto also has served on the California Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors, and as editor of the California Family Physician magazine since 2018, and co-president of the local CAFP chapter serving Alameda-Contra Costa counties. He is the CAFP representative on the California Surgeon General’s Workgroup for Trauma-Informed Care Primary Care Implementation, a group that focuses on reducing the impact of adverse childhood experiences.
Sugimoto launched his career in 2013 as a family physician with the Permanente Medical Group in Oakland. He joined the group’s HIV Consult Service in 2014, where he worked to address health disparities in minority youth at risk for or affected by HIV. In 2017, Sugimoto became a senior physician and shareholder with the practice. During his tenure, Sugimoto served on the Kaiser Permanente-Northern California HIV Advisory Committee and has lectured nationally on HIV. He also volunteered his expertise as a member of the community advisory board at the San Francisco Department of Public Health HIV Research Section from 2006 to 2008.
After consistently encountering the challenges associated with the use of health information technology, Sugimoto joined Decoded Health, Inc. as a founder and chief medical officer in 2018. The company is developing artificial intelligence technology that can achieve the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Quadruple Aim, streamlining workflow to reduce administrative complexity with a focus on improving the affordability and accessibility of health care, especially to the underserved.
Sugimoto earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science at Cornell University. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. In 2008, Sugimoto earned his Master of Science in Health and Medical Sciences at the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program, a five-year curriculum that awards a master’s and a medical degree to graduates. In 2010, Sugimoto completed the medical requirements of the program and earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his family medicine residency training at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, where he was chief family medicine resident in 2012 and 2013.
Sugimoto is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.