Brian Erich Platz, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Welcome to my Web page! Like many Southern Californians, I am of Midwestern stock (grew up in Chicago and Iowa City). I went to college at Duke University, where I majored in music, and then completed medical school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. From there, I came to California for residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Los Angeles County Hospital + USC Medical Center, where I also completed fellowship training in blood banking and transfusion medicine.
I enjoy delving into a variety of things...some stick, others get quickly left behind. My current enjoyments include backgammon, sudoku, and Ultimate Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts (just like to watch...took ninjitsu for a while, but got bored). I scuba dive on occasion. In the past I've gone sky diving and played tournament bridge (achieved Regional Master level). I have always loved music (pop/alternative) and still play the piano on occasion.
About my practice
I practice surgical pathology at our Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles facility and am also the medical director of our West Los Angeles transfusion service. The transfusion service team evaluates patient blood samples to ensure the safe selection and transfusion of all types of blood products, including red blood cells, plasma, platelets, coagulation factors, and Rh immune globulin.
How I thrive
I eat lots of broccoli, work out at the gym two or three times a week, walk with my dogs, ride my bike, and go to aerobics and an occasional yoga class. I try to eat healthfully, but I enjoy some dietary indulgences. I get as much sleep as I can.