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Ebonie M. Vázquez, MD

Prior to entering the field of Medicine, Dr. Ebonie Vázquez worked in the television and film industry as an actor and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Southern California (USC). She helped manage and develop her family’s private tutoring company before turning her focus to medicine and earning her Medical Degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2007.

Dr. Vázquez first began caring for Kaiser Permanente patients in 2009 during her Psychiatry Residency program at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She earned Board Certification in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She joined the Southern California Permanente Medical group in 2015 at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park where she is currently Chief of Service for the Addiction Medicine Department.

In 2015, Dr. Vázquez became Regional Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Champion and began working to develop regional collaborative initiatives across specialties and departments aimed at improving care delivery for patients with SUDs. In 2021, Dr. Vázquez became Regional Chief of Addiction Medicine for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. This work has resulted in a myriad of accomplishments including the development of the Regional SUD Primary Care and Pediatric Physician Champions, SUD training modules for physicians, decision support tools on Health Connect and strong regional partnerships between Addiction Medicine, Adult Primary Care, Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry. There has also been much work devoted to the implementation of regulatory and legislative requirements aimed at improving SUD treatment. She feels blessed to be surrounded by amazing mentor-colleagues who have guided her along this path to leadership within the Kaiser Permanente organization.

Dr. Vázquez is intrigued by exploring diverse cultures and learning new languages. She loves traveling all over the globe with her husband and their two children. She also enjoys playing golf, tennis, dancing, singing and creating new recipes.

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