Taking Advantage of Life with Richard J. Kramer, MD

by Featured, Humanly Possible Podcast


In This Episode

  • An early childhood illness fostered a career choice and lifelong philosophy
  • How a little shift made a massive difference in his life and that of his family’s
  • Why creating time for family was non-negotiable
  • Life as a physician and what it does to you over time
  • Making the shift into retirement
  • Rolling with an unexpected health diagnosis later in life
  • Life is full of ups and downs, it’s how you respond that defines you

Quotations From This Episode

“If you really want to get somewhere you have to set goals.” — @rjkramer1

“I realized the biggest stumbling block was me.” — @rjkramer1

“Nothing is a failure if you learn from it.” — @rjkramer1

“Things just seem to work out the right way.” — @rjkramer1

BiographyRichard J Kramer

Richard J. Kramer, MD, AGAF graduated in 1972 from The University of California Irvine School of Medicine with an MD after 3 years pre-med at UCLA, receiving multiple awards and scholarships at both institutions. He completed his internship at Harbor General Hospital, Internal Medicine Residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California, and GI Fellowship at Stanford University. Subsequently, he practiced GI in private practice for 25 years in the San Jose/Los Gatos area.

Richard served the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose in many capacities: Chairman of the Dept. of Medicine, Chairman of the Division of Gastroenterology, Chairman of the ICU Committee, and Chairman of the Credentials Committee.

He taught as an attending for 25 years at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center & Stanford in the GI Division.

Richard closed his private practice in 2003, being asked to join the GI Faculty at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA as part of the Stanford University GI Faculty. He worked with the house staff in the GI Division in clinical teaching as a faculty member, oversaw the Nurse Practitioners, ran the Hepatitis Clinic, and helped manage the Billing/Coding details and Quality Assurance activities for their GI Division.

Richard is also Bryan Kramer’s dad.


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Summary Keywords

decisions, goals, persistence, determination


Richard J. Kramer, Bryan Kramer