Neal D. Kohatsu, M.D., M.P.H. Medical Director California Department of Health Care Services
Dr. Kohatsu was appointed in March 2011 as Medical Director for the California Department of Health Care Services. He is charged with advancing population health and improving clinical quality and is coordinating the development and implementation 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, quality improvement, and patient safety. He has served as Acting State Health Officer and Associate Director for Medical Quality in the Department of Health Services. Later, he served as Medical Director for the Medical Board of California. Following his tenure at the Medical Board, Dr. Kohatsu was Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Kohatsu is board-certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. He is a past president of the American College of Preventive Medicine and is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.