Kavitha Bhatia, MD, MMM, FAAP
Chair, Prime Healthcare Foundation
and Chief Medical Officer of Strategy
Kavitha Bhatia, MD, is the 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. Fifteen
of Prime Healthcare’s 45 hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare
Foundation and provide millions of dollars annually in quality healthcare,
philanthropy and community service. 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. Dr. Bhatia serves
as Founding Vice Chair of the CUSM Board of Trustees.
In addition to her role as Chair of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, Dr.
Bhatia also serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Strategy for Prime
Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest health systems, where she
leads strategic innovation, system-wide value creation and excellence
initiatives. Dr. Bhatia was recognized among the “100 CMOs to Know”
in Becker’s Hospital Review, 2020, and selected for the Los Angeles
Business Journal's prestigious "Top Women Leaders in Healthcare", 2020.
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, Dr. Bhatia was awarded
a Miraculous Medallion with Mother Teresa. She has served in advisory
roles for national and global causes such as the World Children’s
Initiative and Project Heart Uganda. Dr. Bhatia 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.
Dr. Bhatia graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor
of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California,
San Diego. Dr. Bhatia earned her medical degree from the UCLA School of
Medicine, graduating with Honors and Letters of Distinction in Doctoring.
Her early clinical career and research focused on pediatric transplant
patients before practicing general pediatrics, and she is a Fellow in
the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bhatia also holds a Masters of
Medical Management from the USC Marshall School of Business, and has been
a scholar at world-renowned institutions such as Mass General, Boston
Children’s Hospital and the All India Institute of Medicine.