Neal Kohatsu, MD

Neal Kohatsu, MD

Company: CA Dept of Health Care Services

Title: Medical Director

Dr. Kohatsu was appointed in March 2011 as the first Medical Director for the California Department of Health Care Services which serves almost 14 million Medi-Cal members. He is charged with advancing population health and improving clinical quality, coordinating the implementation and management of the Department’s Quality Strategy.

Dr. Kohatsu has held leadership positions in the public, private, and academic sectors related to prevention, chronic disease management, worksite health promotion, quality improvement, and patient safety. Dr. Kohatsu is board-certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.He is a fellow and past president of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He previously served as the Chair of the Practice Guidelines Committee. In addition, he represented ACPM on an American Cancer Society national work group examining cancer screening guidelines including prostate cancer.

Dr. Kohatsu has published research in areas ranging from evidence-based public health to patient safety and is the Associate Editor of the textbook, Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He received his A.B. degree in Human Biology from Stanford University; M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh; M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota; and fellowship training in cardiovascular disease prevention and epidemiology at Stanford University, School of Medicine.


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