Panhia Moua

Chief, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Central Valley Area


M.D. – Georgetown University School of Medicine
B.A. – Human Biology Stanford University


One of the few Hmong to be Chief of a Department within a large medical group

Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology (Board Certified)


As Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology, I lead a team of more than 30 physicians and play a pivotal role in the success of the Medical Group and take accountability for the performance of all department members to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality perioperative care & excellent services here in the Central Valley.

I believe that to be a good and effective leader, i must lead by example and demonstrate it through my daily actions. I find my job to be very gratifying and wake up every day feeling fortunate for having a profession that I love.


I was born in Laos and came to the United States at age five. My family resided in Montana until I was 11 years old and then we moved to Modesto, CA, where I spent most of my childhood. I came from a poor refugee background in which my parents had to endure long hours in menial jobs to barely support our large family of eleven.

I chose to stay in this area because it is where I grew up and where many of my family members still reside.

I believe in the power of knowledge, education and hard work. My father was a teacher in Laos and even though he could not teach once he came to the U.S., he continued to instill in us the importance of education and emphasized that it would give us wings to take flight. He always stressed that knowledge and higher education would open doors of opportunities for us no matter where we come from.