James Duane Rudolf, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Great health is a gift, but it also takes a little bit of work to keep everything going right. Everyone knows the importance of a good diet, frequent exercise, and a positive mental attitude, but it also means getting health care that is individualized for you. To do that I need to know some things about you, and because this is a partnership between you and me, you need to know some things about me. So with that in mind, welcome to my Web page!
Becoming a doctor just sort of happened to me. I did not originally plan to become a physician, but as I went to school the subjects that interested me kept leading me towards medicine, and eventually that turned into medical school and a medical degree. Fortunately, medicine was a great fit for me. I cannot imagine doing anything else. I chose obstetrics and gynecology as my specialty because I like the healthy aspect of medical care, the variety of work, and (I'll admit it) the fun of delivering a healthy baby to a new mom and dad. My wife and I have five kids (all are out on their own now), so I understand what challenges these new moms and dads will face. My wife was a nurse in labor and delivery so we both got to share these great experiences.
About my practice
I joined Kaiser Permanente after 17 years in a successful solo private practice in obstetrics and gynecology here in Southern California. Before that, I practiced for four years in the United States Public Health Service caring for Native Americans in the Southwest. My decision to return to group practice was made much easier when I discovered that Kaiser Permanente's goals for patient care were the same as those I had in private practice—a strong, long-term relationship between member and physician, which enhances continuity of care. Kaiser Permanente also encourages physicians to practice in an autonomous manner, and treat members in a kind, courteous, and respectful manner, just as we would members of our own family. That they also champion preventative care and working as a team (patient, doctor, nurse, medical assistant, and all the other professionals in the organization) to meet members’ health care needs, let me know I was exactly where I wanted to be.
How I thrive
Part of the deal I made with myself when I joined Kaiser Permanente was to begin taking my own advice to slow down, exercise more, eat better, reduce stress, and make the most of every day. So now I am reading again, gardening, playing with the dogs, going to the gym, riding my bike, traveling, spending more time with my family, and just enjoying life. Take care of your body and take care of yourself, because you only get one chance. And we can help.