My Doctor Online The Permanente Medical Group

Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Karen Leider, MD

Hospice and Palliative Care

Welcome to My Doctor Online, a web site that my colleagues and I developed to make it easier for you to take care of your healthcare needs. On this site you will find answers to many of your questions about my clinical practice. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions. I hope you find its content informative and useful.

My Offices

Santa Rosa Medical Center
Appt/Advice: 707-393-4044

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Professional

Background

Hello! I currently work in the Continuity of Care/Palliative Care department, and don't feel alone if you don't understand what that means!  There are two parts to my practice; the Continuity of Care portion takes care of people after they leave the acute care hospital who is too ill or weak to go directly home.  I oversee patient's rehabilitation and ongoing medical care until they are well enough to go home and resume care with their regular primary care physician.  The other part of my job is Palliative Care.  I work in the hospital with a Palliative Care team (consisting of a nurse and social worker) to help patients and families with serious, advancing illness clarify their goals and treatment options.

My training in Family Practice led me first to private practice in Santa Rosa, then to urgent care and quickly to Emergency Medicine.  I worked in a small ED in east Santa Rosa (Warrack Hospital, for those of you who have lived in the area for a while) and worked there from 1986 until it closed in 2006.  It may seem unusual, but that wonderful experience prepared me for my current work.  I found that some of my strongest skills were in communicating information to patients and families.  I also enjoyed working with the predominantly elderly population that utilized Warrack Hospital.

I was looking for a change from emergency medicine, and joined the Kaiser Permanente team in 2007.  It has been a wonderful change; I enjoy belonging to an integrated medical system that allows me to use the skills I have developed over the past 28 years as a physician.

Credentials

Medical EducationMedical College of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, WI
ResidencySutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa,
Santa Rosa, CA
Board certificationFamily Medicine,
American Board of Family Medicine
Board certificationHospice and Palliative Medicine,
American Board of Family Medicine

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