Dr. Gurpreet K. Padam
Dr. Gurpreet K. Padam, MD, FAAFP is a physician and a founding Board Member of the Sikh Family Center.
In 2009, Dr. Padam founded a free clinic for the uninsured, which as of 2014 was established as the Guru Nanak Free Medical Clinic in San Jose, California. The clinic is now staffed and managed by multi-lingual volunteer physicians from the community to aid those in need or those who do not have medical insurance. While seeing patients in the clinic, she and her colleagues identified a number of unaddressed issues, including domestic violence, lack of resources, and lack of social, language, and culture-specific support in the Sikh community. To help promote healthy families in the Sikh American community by closing current gaps in access to multi-lingual resources and increasing community awareness through health education, raising chronic illness awareness, and advocating for physical and mental health. Dr. Padam along with Mallika Kaur and Bitika Kohli co-founded the Sikh Family Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed as a grassroots community-based organization.
Dr. Padam has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several healthcare organizations at the local, county, and state-level advocating for healthcare legislation, reducing health care disparities, improving access to care, and providing free health care for the vulnerable. She contributes to medical humanities writing as a means to champion physician wellness and highlighting the tenderness of the physician-patient relationship.
Dr. and is a board-certified Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician with Postdoctoral Palliative Care Fellowship training at the Stanford and VA Palo Alto program. She also completed a postdoctoral mini-fellowship in Ethno Geriatrics from the Stanford Geriatric Education Center to garner skills in serving ethnic elders while understanding the unique cultural and linguistic barriers to the delivery of culturally literate medicine to multi-ethnic patients and families.