Dr. Peter N. Bretan, Jr., MD, FACS

Coastal Health Partners-Urologic & Laparoscopic Surgery

As a urologist, Dr. Bretan is highly trained to treat disorders of the male and female urinary tract (bladder, ureter, kidney, and urethra) and the male reproductive system. Urology is classified as a surgical subspecialty, but since a wide variety of clinical problems are encountered when treating urological conditions, knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and other specialties is required.
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.”


1960Child Farm Laborer
1972Congressional Nomination US Naval Academy
1976BS-Physiology, UC Berkeley
1980MD, UCSF
1985Urology Residency, UCSF
1986Radiology Fellowship, UCSF/td>


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


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

Academic Career


Surgical Director Renal Transplantation, CCF-St Elizabeth Program.


Surgical Director Renal Transplantation/Assist Professor of Urology and Surgery, UCLA Harbor and St Mary’s Medical Center.
 Surgery, UCLA Harbor and St Mary’s Medical Center.
1989-CurrentJournal /National Meeting Reviewer, American Urological Association
 Certified-American Board of Urology.
 Journals Reviewer: Urology, Transplantation, AmJKidDis, Anestisia


Transplant Surgery/Associate Professor of Urology and Surgery, UCSF.
1996-CurrentExpert Reviewer: Medical Board of California
2000-2003Radiology Fellowship, UCSF
2003-2004Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, UCSF
2005-CurrentAdjunct Professor of Urology and Health Care Policy Course Director, Touro Medical School, CA
2021-CurrentAdjunct Professor of Urology, Chicago Medical School, IL.
1976-CurrentAmerican Medical Association Member
2003-17AMA Alternate Delegate, District X CMA
2017-CurrentAMA Delegate, District X CMA
2006-7 & 2010-11, 2015-17President of the Marin Medical Society
2004-2017NCH:Past Chief of Staff/MEC/Chief of Surgery
2017-CurrentAmerican Urological Association’s Healthcare Policy Representative
2018-19President of California Urological Association

California Medical Association

2010-11Chair, Presidents Forum
2011Current Member at Large, Presidents Forum
2010-12District X Delegation Chair
2006-CurrentBoard of Cal PAC
2012-2015Board of Trustee
2018-2022Member of Executive Committee
2019-2021President of CMA

Humanitarian World Service

2003-CurrentFounder and CEO of Life Plant International

Awards Recognized


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


Recipient of the AMA Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service 2011 Excellence in Service Award by the Cal Alumni Association
2004 & 2007Homer Wood Award for Outstanding World Community Service, Rotary International


Lifeboat Award for Disaster Preparedness, Marin County Supervisors
2006Community Service Award, Novato City Council

US Public Health Service Career/Military Reserves Service


Lt JG (Naval Rank 0-3), assigned to care for Cuban refugees award service medal
2003-CurrentCaptain (Naval Rank O-6)


Deployed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to lead healthcare
 Awarded Disaster Service Medal and Outstanding Unit Award


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!

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