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The Cartoonist: Peter Valenzuela, MD, MBA

Updated: Feb 4

Dr. Peter Valenzuela is a healthcare leader, speaker, bestselling author and cartoonist. Peter has served on governor-appointed work groups in Texas and Washington state targeting healthcare quality, outcomes, affordability and access. His creative leadership style has led to him twice being recognized by the Medical Group Management Association and American College of Medical Practice Executives (MGMA-ACMPE) with the Harwick Innovation Award and Physician Executive of the Year Award for exhibiting leadership deemed outstanding to achieve exceptional medical group performance.


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Dr. Peter Valenzuela

When not focused on his duties as the Chief Medical Officer of a large multi-specialty medical group in California, Dr. Valenzuela channels his energy into Doc-Related, his online comic that offers a satirical look at the challenges of practicing clinical medicine through the eyes of health care professionals. His comics have been fondly referred to as “Dilbert for Health Care.”

Along with his medical degree from UT Southwestern, Peter earned a master’s in business administration from Auburn University. In addition, Dr. Valenzuela holds a greenbelt certificate for six sigma in healthcare from Villanova University and a healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship certificate from Duke University. He’s also studied design thinking via IDEO U and is a certified trainer through The Innovator’s DNA. He lives in Sacramento with his wife Vivian— a Sonoma Valley winemaker — and their cat, Zöe.


Dr. Valenzuela’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Do Something outside your comfort zone.

Number 2: Your job doesn’t define you.

Number 3: Find humor in everything you do.


Connect with Dr. Valenzuela:

Website: www.drpetervalenzuela.com Doc-Related Website: www.doc-related.com Woo Girl Winery: https://www.woogirlcellars.com/ Notable quotes from Dr. Valenzuela’s interview:

The experiences we face in healthcare on a regular basis are comical.
I don’t see myself as a very good artist.
With comics you can be very satirical and share information in a way that’s more relatable.
I now know what EMR stands for. “Early Mandatory Retirement”

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