Kavitha Bhatia, MD, MMM, FAAP
President and Chair, Prime Healthcare Foundation &
Chief Medical Officer of Strategy, Prime Healthcare
Dr. Kavitha Bhatia is a trusted pediatrician and the Chair and President
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.
Fifteen of Prime Healthcare’s 46 hospitals are members of the Prime
Healthcare Foundation which provides quality healthcare, philanthropy,
and service to communities. The Prime Healthcare Foundation has provided
more than $2 billion in charity care and sponsored 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), a private, non-profit medical school in Southern California in
2018 with a mission to advance medicine, improve the health of communities,
and inspire service in underserved areas.
In addition to her role as the Chair and President of the Prime Healthcare
Foundation, Dr. Bhatia also serves as the first Chief Medical Officer
of Strategy for Prime Healthcare. She develops and implements strategic
initiatives that advance the mission and long-term success of Prime Healthcare.
She 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 health care, she is an active member of the American College
of Healthcare Executives, 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 the California Hospital Association.
Among her academic accomplishments, Dr. Bhatia graduated as a Phi Beta
Kappa scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Neuroscience
in 1997. 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. She also holds a Certificate in Healthcare Strategy
from Harvard Business School and has earned a Master of Medical Management
degree from the USC Marshall School of Business. She has been a scholar
at world-renowned institutions such as Mass General, Boston Children’s
Hospital, and the All India Institute of Medicine.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Bhatia is board-certified
in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The mission of
the ABP is to advance child health by certifying pediatricians who meet
standards of excellence and are committed to continuous learning and improvement.
Among her philanthropic and community endeavors, Dr. Bhatia serves as the
President and Board Chair of Prime Healthcare Foundation, a Board Member
at the California Hospital Association, on the Board of Trustees at Curtis
School, a Grand Benefactor at World Children’s Initiative, the Founding
Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at the California University of Science
and Medicine, a Governing Board Member of the Federation of American Hospitals
(FAH), and a member of the FAH’s national Quality and Emergency
Preparedness committees. She has also led the Prime Healthcare system
through the COVID-19 Pandemic as Co-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 have been broad, 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 with Mother Teresa. In addition to World Children’s Initiatives,
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 among Los Angeles Business Journal's
"Top Women Leaders in Healthcare" in 2020 and "Top Doctor"
and a “Woman of Influence” in 2021.
Happily married, she and her husband, Sunny, are the proud parents of Shay,
Lia, and Layla.