Kevin Walsh, MD

Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, North Valley

Physicians throughout the North Valley are communicating better than ever with their patients. Since becoming a communication consultant in 1995, Dr. Kevin Walsh has worked tirelessly and with great skill to teach physicians how to communicate more effectively with their patients, colleagues and support staff.

In 1997, he became one of the original teachers of the Patient-Provider Interaction class — a course that has proven so effective it’s a standard throughout the region. In recognition of Dr. Walsh’s skills as a teacher, in 2004 he was asked to help develop and deliver Let’s Rap, an intensive two-day communication skills program. His courses are credited with helping many physicians improve their patient satisfaction scores, and today the North Valley leads the region in the Member Patient Satisfaction survey results.

Over the past several years, the North Valley Continuing Medical Education department has granted 4,000+ hours to physicians for attending Dr. Walsh’s programs. He also spends considerable time recruiting and training other physicians to teach communication skills, to expand the availability of training to the nearly 1,000 physicians in the North Valley service area.

In addition, he presents popular lectures on clinical topics relating to chronic pain, addiction and mind-body health.