Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, is the Chief Executive Officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a state-of-the-art, community-oriented safety net hospital that now provides compassionate, quality care to the South Los Angeles Community. Throughout her 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 adopted throughout California.
Before assuming the helm of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Batchlor most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan that provided care to the County’s most vulnerable residents. Dr. Batchlor is also an active community volunteer, serving on multiple community and health care boards. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public health in California, the US and around the world. She has served on the Board of Crystal Stairs, a nonprofit child care and development organization whose mission is to improve the lives of families through child care services, research and advocacy.
In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard, Dr. Batchlor received 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 an attorney who works as a Los Angeles County Public Defender, and together they’re raising twin boys.