When Dr. Robbie Cohen retired in January this year, after 32 years of local practice and eight as the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, several of his colleagues said that he couldn’t be replaced.

Seven months later, he has been. This week the hospital announced that Dr. Sabrina Kidd has been named the new CMO of Sonoma Valley Hospital. The position is shared with UCSF Health, which signed an affiliate relationship with Sonoma Valley in February.

The lengthy search process was partly due to the dual responsibilities of the position, said Kelly Mather, the hospital’s CEO. The search committee was comprised of interviewing doctors from both UCSF and SVH and their respective administrative staff.

“We sought an innovative, forward-thinking physician, one who would be a strong leader and would work well with our medical community, and also help develop our new partnership with UCSF Health,” said Mather.

After first considering several candidates without local experience, Mather said, “everyone agreed it would be better to have someone associated with the hospital.

“Two internal candidates came forward, both great, and we offered the position to Dr. Kidd.”

Kidd, 39, is a dual board certified colorectal and general surgeon, and has been affiliated with the hospital as a surgeon since 2016. Kidd’s practice specializes in the surgical treatment of colorectal cancer, benign colon and rectal disorders, anorectal disorders, colonoscopy, gallbladder disease and more.

She has an office in the Sonoma Valley Hospital Specialty Clinic located at 462 W. Napa St. in Sonoma. As CMO, she will also have an administrative office at the hospital, said Mather.

The position becomes official July 15.

At the hospital, Kidd will work closely with the hospital’s medical directors, serving on the administration team in overseeing existing services and helping plan new services and programs. She also will serve on the UCSF faculty and act as their Medical Director for the UCSF-SVH affiliation, identifying areas of collaboration between the two hospitals.

The Missouri-born Kidd received her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She held a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at USC, before practicing general surgery first with Prima at Marin General, before moving to the Petaluma area in 2016.

She is also an active surgical volunteer as well as the vice chair of the board for Operation Access, a Bay Area non-profit providing free surgical care to underserved individuals, according to her submitted biography. Outside of the operating room, she enjoys running, hiking, and tending to her garden, sheep, goats, chickens, and more on her small Sonoma County ranch.

“I’m especially pleased because we have a strong vision for the future of the hospital, and I believe Dr. Kidd will be invaluable in helping us realize that vision in the coming years,” Mather added.