Background and Education


Peter N. Bretan, Jr., MD, FACS 

Is a practicing Urologist and Renal Transplant Surgeon

Mission Statement: “In Life, there are no careers that yield greater rewards than those that help comfort the weary, heal the sick and save lives.” 



1960 Child Farm Laborer

1976 BS-Physiology, UC Berkeley

1980 MD, UCSF

1985 Urology Residency, UCSF

1986 Radiology Fellowship, UCSF

1987 Transplantation and Reno-Vascular Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF).

1988-89 American Urological Scholar (PhD Candidate), CCF/Case Western Reserve 


Academic Career:

1987-89 Surgical Director Renal Transplantation, CCF-St Elizabeth Program.

1989-92 Surgical Director Renal Transplantation/Assist Professor of Urology and Surgery, UCLA Harbor and St Mary’s Medical Center.

1989-Current Journal /National Meeting Reviewer, American Urological Association 

Certified-American Board of Urology.

Journals Reviewer: Urology, Transplantation, AmJKidDis, Anastasia.

1992-2000 Transplant Surgery/Associate Professor of Urology and Surgery, UCSF. 

1996-Current Expert Reviewer: Medical Board of California

2000-2003 Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, UCSF.

2003-Current Adjunct Professor of Urology, Touro Medical School, CA



1976 American Medical Association Member 

2003-2017 AMA Alternate Delegate, District X CMA.

2006-7 & 2010-11 President of the Marin Medical Society

2017-current AMA Delegate District X.

2004-2017 NCH:Past Chief of Staff/MEC/Chief of Surgery

2017-Current AUA Healthcare Representative

2018-2019 President California Urological Association

California Medical Association: 

2010-11 Chair, Presidents Forum

2011-Current Member at Large, Presidents Forum

2010-12 District X Delegation Chair

2006-Current Board of Cal PAC

2012-2015 Board of Trustee

2018-2021 Member Executive Committee

2019-2020 President CMA 


Humanitarian World Service:

2015 Recipient of CMA’s Ardarsh S. Mahal MD’s Access to Health Care and Disparities Award

2003-Current-Founder and CEO of Life Plant International 

Awards recognized: 

2014 Recipient of the AMA Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service  2011 Excellence in Service Award by the Cal Alumni Association

2004 & 2007 Homer Wood Award for Outstanding World Community Service, Rotary International. 

2009 Lifeboat Award for Disaster Preparedness, Marin County Supervisors.

2006 Community Service Award, Novato City Council.



US Public Health Service Career/Military Reserves Service:

1980 Lt JG (Naval Rank 0-3), assigned to care for Cuban refugees award service medal.

2003-current Captain (Naval Rank O-6)

2005 Deployed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to lead healthcare. 

Awarded Disaster Service Medal and Outstanding Unit Award.

2007 Appointed US Deployable Surgical Team for national disaster response.



CMA & AMA Physician Labeling


My father’s surgeon’s simple act of kindness to try something that had never been tried to save his life made him my lifelong hero and inspiration. I knew I could never repay that act but I could attempt to pay it forward ….. The rest of my life……………I know that I would not have developed into the complete, confident surgeon I am today without that act, because I know what it is to be on the receiving end of a lifesaving act. I stand before you as living proof of this profound ripple effect.  If you have lost connection with this vital passion, join or support me and the CMA on one of these future missions and find your soul and motivation that has fueled me lifelong……………and save lives! Help me make this our leading label for the  CMA, the AMA and our profession, as it is a fundamental rationale to preserve access of care…………..and no one can argue with that rationale!


Peter N Bretan Jr, MD, FACS; Professor of Urology

Urologic, Laparoscopic and Renal Transplant Surgery

Coastal Health Partners

1820 Main Street,

Watsonville, CA. 95076

Office: Ph: 415-382-0339