James DeFontes III, MD
- Education and Training
BS, University of Texas, Austin
MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
Internship, Flexible, University of California Irvine Medical Center
Residency, Anesthesia, University of California Irvine Medical Center
Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, University of California Irvine Medical Center
Advanced Leadership Program, University of Southern California School of Business Administration/ Kaiser Permanente
Advanced Leadership Development Program, University of Southern California School of Business Administration
Middle Management Development Program, Kaiser Permanente
Executive Business Degree, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Dr. James DeFontes III is an anesthesiologist who has held academic and leadership roles throughout his career. His background encompasses local, regional, and national leadership roles that have required vision, strategic planning, and execution. Through his work and research, Dr. DeFontes investigates ways to identify performance gaps as well as how to improve systems and processes, with an aim to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness.
- Prior Positions (selected)
- 1984-2007Chief of AnesthesiaSouthern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG)1986-1992University of California, Irvine Medical CenterAssistant Clinical Professor, Anesthesia and Critical Care1995-2002Physician DirectorPhysician Enhancement Program, Orange County1995-2009Physician DirectorOrange County Surgical Service Line1999-2007Regional Chief, AnesthesiaSCPMG2007-2014Regional LeaderNational Surgical Care Improvement Project2007-presentAssistant Executive Medical Director, Patient Safety and Perioperative ServicesKaiser Permanente Southern California Region2009-presentSouthern California Regional Surgical Chiefs and Perioperative Physician LeadersRegional Leader
- Honors and Awards (selected)
- 1980Upjohn Achievement Award (Outstanding Personal Qualities, Leadership, and Achievement)2003First David M. Lawrence MD Patient Safety Award for Preoperative Briefing2010Innovation Award for OR Benchmarks CollaborativeORCA
- Publications (selected)
Peer-reviewed research manuscripts
Landro L, DeFontes J. Bringing Surgeons Down to Earth. Wall Street Journal 2005 Nov 16;D.1+.
DeFontes J. Care quality: Hospitals use preoperative briefings to empower OR staff, stem errors. Clinical Advisory Board, Clinical Strategy Watch 2005 Dec 8;3:4+.
Bernard B, DeFontes J. Surgical Precision, Surgery: Checklist Deemed a Success. Orange County Register 2006 Apr 20;1+.
DeFontes J. Surgical Access. SCPMG Report on Clinical Quality 2010;16.
DeFontes J. Use National OR Benchmarks to Focus Your Improvement, An Unbiased View of Our OR Performance. McKesson Corporation, Performance Strategies for Healthcare Leaders 2010;4:3+.