Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH

Chief Executive Officer

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, is the chief executive officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. Dr. Batchlor was the driving force behind efforts to open the new, state-of-the-art, community oriented, safety net hospital that provides compassionate, quality care and improves the health of the South Los Angeles community.

Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Batchlor’s number one priority has been to improve access and quality of care for underserved communities, utilizing innovative and collaborative approaches. Her work to increase access for underserved populations has been recognized as an example of leading best practices and has been adopted throughout California.

Before assuming the helm of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Batchlor served on the executive leadership team of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan that provides care to the county’s most vulnerable residents. As chief medical officer, she was instrumental in developing a care delivery model that expanded access and resources to more than a million individuals throughout the county. She spearheaded provider adoption of health information technology, physician usage of electronic health records and telemedicine to improve access and provide integrated patient-centered care for Los Angeles’ Medi-Cal (Medicaid) population. Under her leadership, L.A. Care established the Health Information Technology Extension Center, being only the second health plan in the nation to develop the exclusive Regional Extension Center, which helped safety net providers achieve Meaningful Use. She implemented eConsult, an innovative electronic physician-to-specialist consultation and referral system at more than 45 Los Angeles safety net sites, including Los Angeles County Department of Health Services facilities. Dr. Batchlor has utilized technology as a tool to improve care delivery by providing grants and provider incentives as well as by developing learning collaborative for safety net providers. She also worked to expand access to medical care by championing grants to open and expand community health care centers across Los Angeles.

Prior to L.A. Care, Dr. Batchlor served as vice president of Health Care Finance, Organization and Operations at the California HealthCare Foundation, where she developed and oversaw research, policy analysis and programs aimed at improving health care financing and delivery. She served as medical director for the Los Angeles County Office of Managed Care and as a Chief Medical Officer for Prudential Health Care, with responsibility for a five state western region. Dr. Batchlor also worked for CIGNA Health Plan of California/Ross Loos Medical Group, and as a clinical instructor at the UCLA School of Medicine, sharing her knowledge and expertise with the next generation of physicians.

In addition, she dedicates some of her free time to mentor minority youth. Dr. Batchlor is an active community volunteer, serving on multiple community and health care boards. She regularly meets with high school and college students who are interested in medicine to provide them with her insight and expertise. She further shares her experience with participants in the UCLA Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars program where she is an advisory board member. The Harvard graduate also serves as an interviewer for potential applicants, many of whom are minorities. While at the California HealthCare Foundation, Dr. Batchlor created a leadership development program for early to mid-career clinicians in administration, which is still in existence today.

She served as the past chair and is currently on the board of Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), the Public Health Institute, and on the advisory board for the California HealthCare Foundation Leadership program. Dr. Batchlor is also on the editorial board of Health Affairs, the leading peer-reviewed journal of health policy thought and research.

Dr. Batchlor received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University; a Masters of public health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her internship, residency and fellowship in internal medicine and rheumatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is board-certified in both specialties.

She is married to a lawyer who has spent his career representing indigent clients and who is currently working for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. The couple has twin boys.