Born in the Philippines and a graduate of the UCLA Medical School, Dr. Bantug oversees a department of 39 pediatricians and about 90 staff members.
The award recognizes her leadership skills, said a Kaiser Permanente spokesman, including her work to modify clinical schedules to allow her staff to have a better balance between work and family life.
A mother of two young children, Dr. Bantug instituted a family panel to get feedback about new medical practices in San Jose.
She commissioned a muralist to create whimsical scenes in the waiting areas of Family Health Center at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose.
— Hannah Totte