Kavitha Bhatia, MD, MMM, FAAP, FACHE
President and Chair, Prime Healthcare Foundation &
Chief Medical Officer of Strategy, Prime Healthcare
Dr. Kavitha Bhatia is President and Chair of the Prime Healthcare Foundation,
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity dedicated to improving healthcare
through its hospitals and educational and charitable initiatives.
Fourteen of Prime Healthcare’s 45 hospitals are members of the Prime
Healthcare Foundation that provides quality healthcare, philanthropy,
and service to communities. The Prime Healthcare Foundation has provided
more than $2 billion in charity care and sponsors local and global initiatives
to forward its mission of improving the lives of others through healthcare
and education. The Prime Healthcare Foundation, through a $60 million
donation, established the
California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) in 2018, a private, non-profit medical school in Southern California
with a mission to advance medicine, improve the health of communities,
and inspire service in underserved areas. Dr. Bhatia serves as Founding
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at CUSM as well as Associate Professor
of Medical Education in the CUSM School of Medicine.
In addition to her role as President and Chair of the Prime Healthcare
Foundation, Dr. Bhatia also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Strategy
for Prime Healthcare, an award-winning health system with 45 hospitals
in 14 states. She develops and implements strategic initiatives that advance
the mission and long-term success of Prime Healthcare. Dr. Bhatia works
with Corporate and hospital leaders to align goals, prioritize system-wide
value creation, and implement strategic initiatives to ensure Prime’s
continued operational, financial, and clinical success.
A leader in healthcare, Dr. Bhatia is a pediatrician and is a Fellow of
the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also serves on the
Board of Directors of the California Hospital Association and is a member
of the American Medical Women’s Association, the American Medical
Association, the Los Angeles County Medical Association, the UCLA Medical
Alumni Association, the Los Angeles Pediatric Society, and Chief. Dr.
Bhatia also serves as a Governing Board Member of the Federation of American
Hospitals (FAH), and a member of the FAH’s Quality and Emergency
Among her academic accomplishments, Dr. Bhatia graduated as a Phi Beta
Kappa scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Neuroscience
from the University of California, San Diego. She earned her medical degree
from the UCLA School of Medicine, ranked #7 in the nation, where she graduated
with Honors and Letters of Distinction in Doctoring. Dr. Bhatia also holds
a Certificate in Healthcare Strategy from Harvard Business School and
earned a Master of Medical Management from the USC Marshall School of
Business. She has been a scholar at world-renowned institutions such as
Mass General, Boston Children’s Hospital, the All India Institute
of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Bhatia’s philanthropic and community endeavors include serving
as a member of the Board of Trustees at Curtis School in Los Angeles;
Founding Board Member of The Association; a member of Young Presidents’
Organization (YPO), and Grand Benefactor at World Children’s Initiative.
In service to communities across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic,
Dr. Bhatia led the Prime Healthcare system as Chair of both the National
COVID Committee and COVID 24/7 Command Center.
Committed to improving the health and lives of others, Dr. Bhatia is a
dedicated philanthropist. Her experiences include caring for the sick
and dying in the slums of Calcutta to teaching inner-city youth. For her
work with the Missionaries of Charity, she was awarded a Miraculous Medallion
from Mother Teresa. In addition to World Children’s Initiative,
Dr. Bhatia has served in advisory roles for national and global causes
such as Project Heart Uganda. She is also the Executive Director of the
Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable
organization dedicated to improving healthcare and providing educational
opportunities which include annual scholarship programs for underserved
students and educational grants.
An authority in her field, Dr. Bhatia has been recognized among the nation’s
physician leaders, earning “100 CMOs to Know” in Becker’s
Hospital Review in 2020 and “Top Pediatrician” by Top Women
in Medicine. She was also recognized as an “Inspirational Woman”
by the LA Times in 2021 and among Los Angeles Business Journal’s
“Top Women Leaders in Healthcare” in 2020 and “Top Doctor”
and a “Woman of Influence” in 2021.