Sunny Bhatia

CEO, Region I & Corporate Chief Medical Officer

Sunny Bhatia, MD, is the CEO of Prime Healthcare’s Region I and the Corporate Chief Medical Officer for Prime Healthcare. Region I includes Prime Healthcare’s 17 hospitals located in California and Nevada. Dr. Bhatia also serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Sherman Oaks Hospital and Encino Hospital Medical Center, two of Prime Healthcare’s acute care located in Los Angeles County. Under Dr. Bhatia’s leadership, Sherman Oaks has been recognized multiple times as a “100 Top Hospital” in the nation by IBM Watson Health, and both Sherman Oaks and Encino Hospital have earned the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™.

Prime Healthcare includes 45 acute-care hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations providing nearly 50,000 jobs in 14 states. Fourteen of the Prime hospitals are members of Prime Healthcare Foundation, a not-for-profit public charity. Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized 66 times among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation by IBM Watson Health. Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation, with over 2.6 million patient visits annually, have provided more than $9 billion in charity and uncompensated care since 2010 and more than $1.7 billion to modernize hospitals across the country.

Dr. Bhatia is an interventional cardiologist quadruple board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. Dr. Bhatia is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has authored numerous publications and presented his research at national and international conferences. Dr. Bhatia is also involved in the World Children’s Initiative and the Uganda Heart Project, which provides cardiac care for children with congenital heart disease. Additionally, Dr. Bhatia established the Bhatia Family Scholarship for Future Community-Based Physicians at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized Dr. Bhatia among the “100 CMOs to Know” for several years. In 2023, Dr. Bhatia was recognized as a “CEO Visionary” by the Los Angeles Times. The LA Business Journal also nominated him “Health System  Executive of the Year.” In addition, Dr. Bhatia was recognized as the 2019 Healthcare Innovator of the Year by The Millennium Alliance and as a “Top Doctor” in the LA Business Journal for multiple years. Dr. Bhatia has also led Prime Healthcare through the COVID-19 pandemic as Chair of the National COVID-19 Committee and COVID 24/7 Command Center.

Dr. Bhatia received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he received the Internal Medicine Outstanding Achievement Award. After completing a Cardiology fellowship at the University of Southern California, Dr. Bhatia pursued further specialty training in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Bhatia also earned a Master of Medical Management from the USC Marshall School of Business, holds a Certificate in Healthcare Strategy from Harvard Business School, and serves as Associate Professor of Medical Education at the California University of Science and Medicine, School of Medicine.