Shelly Garone, MD, FACP
Shelly Garone is board certified in Internal Medicine and also in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She earned her BA in Philosophy from Tufts University undergraduate and her medical degree from Tulane Medical School. She did her Internal Medicine residency at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, and did one year of a Pulmonary / Critical Care fellowship at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. She learned as a fellow that she truly loves hospital medicine and joined Kaiser Permanente in 1999 as a hospitalist. During her tenure as a hospitalist, she worked with a team to create the existing Palliative Care Department, literally borrowing space and building from the ground up. She was then certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2010. As she took over the Continuum in 2014, she began to work in Skilled Nursing Facilities.
In late 2015, she was asked to assume an APIC role over not only the Continuum, but also Oncology Care, Quality, and Patient Safety. She recognizes that people are most vulnerable during the times between hospital and home, between diagnosis and survivorship, between health and sickness. It is precisely these times, when bridges linking different venues of care and different providers of care must be built and maintained. She works endlessly on creation of those bridges, trying to find innovative ways to build systems to link care so that the patient never "falls through the cracks."
When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her grandchildren her family and friends, and her pets. If you see her working on rhythm with her feet in the elevator, don't worry - she's just trying to get the latest step from her tap class worked out.