Kara Leigh Riley-Paull , MD

Surgery and Vascular Surgery

(925) 933-0984

West Coast Surgical Associates
130 La Casa Via Bldg 3
Walnut Creek, CA 94598


Welcome to My Home Page About Me I became a doctor because I have always been fascinated by life. The human body is an amazing creation. I became a surgeon because I enjoy "fixing" things and understanding how they work. I have learned over the years that not everything can be repaired through surgery, but if I am able, I try to help make some improvement in the quality of my patients’ lives. Sometimes, treating the patient’s spirit is just as important as treating their physical body. I was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area, in the town of Vienna. My interest in medicine was sparked early on, and by the time I completed college I knew that I wanted to become a doctor. However, it wasn’t until my third year of medical school, that I realized that what I really wanted to do was to become a surgeon. I spent six years training at Johns Hopkins, specializing in general and vascular surgery, and then stayed on as an Instructor and Assistant Chief of Surgery, and as a Fellow in Burns and Critical Care. My training at Hopkins was not only excellent, but also quite challenging. I was only the second woman to complete the training in its 100-year history! It was also at Johns Hopkins that I met my husband Jeff, who was completing his doctorate in public health, while working as a toxicologist for the Maryland Department of the Environment. When we began to look at and discuss job opportunities, we agreed that a large group practice would allow me to do what I love and practice surgery, while affording us the opportunity to have a reasonably normal family life (by physician standards). When I thought about practicing medicine in a managed care setting, I immediately thought of joining the best managed care system in the country, so I focused my search efforts on Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, an area that both Jeff and I have always wanted to live. I joined Kaiser Permanente in August of 1990 and worked at the Vallejo Medical Center for seven years. Since then, I have worked at the Walnut Creek Medical Center. My decision to join Kaiser Permanente was based on the overall history and mission of the organization. This organization was founded on the principles of providing the highest quality of care to its members as affordably as possible. Kaiser Permanente has consistently over the years stressed the concept that prevention of disease is superior to treating disease. I strongly believe in this concept, however, sometimes in spite of our best efforts to care for ourselves, something happens or a medical problem develops that needs to be addressed. I am a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Women Surgeons Association, the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, and the California Medical Association. I am proud to be an active member of the Breast Cancer Task Force, which is a group that has spearheaded the creation of the Breast Cancer Tracking System, and other methods for improving care for our cancer patients across the region. The ideas and efforts of this group have helped make Northern California Kaiser Permanente a nationally acclaimed leader in breast cancer care and treatment. I have also served as President of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Staff for the Diablo Service area from 2001-2003. When I am not a surgeon, I change my uniform and become Mom. Jeff and I have two healthy, handsome boys (and a Golden Retriever) who keep us both running from one end of the county to the other for football, basketball, school projects, band, music lessons, and concerts. My own interests include music, painting, sewing and cooking, and bicycling.

Gender: Female

Years in Practice: 38 Years

Languages Spoken: N/A

Education & Training

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine

Graduation Date: in 1983

Specialties & Hospital Affiliations

Hospital Affiliations:

  • Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center

Specialties: Surgery and Vascular Surgery

Health Insurance and Affiliations

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna HMO Deductible Plan CA only
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • Anthem Advantage HMO
  • BC CA California Care Small Group HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
  • Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
  • Blue Cross CA California Care Large Group HMO
  • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
  • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
  • Blue Cross CA Select HMO
  • Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO
  • Blue Cross CA Select PPO
  • Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield CA Access Plus Savenet
  • Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
  • Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
  • Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
  • Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
  • Blue Shield CA PPO
  • Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
  • Blue Shield CA Trio ACO HMO
  • BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
  • Canopy Health
  • CIGNA LocalPlus
  • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • First Health PPO
  • Health Net CA HMO
  • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
  • Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
  • Health Net CA PPO
  • Health Net PureCare One EPO Individual & Family Plan
  • Multiplan PPO
  • UHC SignatureValue Alliance
  • UHC West SignatureValue Advantage HMO Value Network

Riley-Paull's Office Information

Fax: (925) 593-3098
Website: www.wcsurgeons.com
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted: No
Medicaid Accepted: Yes

Office Hours:

Mon9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tue9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wed9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thu9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fri9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Doctor Riley-Paull's Other Office Information

Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center
1425 S Main St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 295-4000

Website:Not available
Accepting New Patients: No
Medicare Accepted:No
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours:


Kp Walnut Creek Medical Center
1425 S Main St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Fax:(925) 529-5468
Website:Not available
Accepting New Patients: No
Medicare Accepted:No
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours:


Elizabeth Huang Md
130 La Casa Via
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 295-4000

Website:Not available
Accepting New Patients: No
Medicare Accepted:No
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours: