Dr. Elaine Batchlor is the CEO of MLK Community Healthcare, a CMS 5-star-rated hospital and health system that provides quality care to 1.3 million residents of the medically-underserved community of South Los Angeles. In this role, as well as in previous positions as Chief Medical Officer for LA Care, the nation’s largest public insurance plan, Dr. Batchlor has devoted her career to reducing health disparities and expanding health care quality and access for the most vulnerable. Her innovative efforts to address Medi-Cal provider shortages, payment inequities, and other structural and environmental obstacles to health earned her the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and the Partners in Care Vision and Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Award. In 2019 she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and in 2023 she was appointed as a Regent of the University of California system. Her first-hand observations of the people, policy and payment challenges to health equity have been widely published in the media, including in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and more. A rheumatologist by training, Dr. Batchlor is a graduate of Harvard University, Case Western Reserve and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Dr. Batchlor is the proud mother of twin sons who are sophomores in college, and she is married to a criminal defense attorney who works for the Los Angeles County Public Defender. In her spare time, Dr. Batchlor is an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction, enjoys cooking for her family, walking, and playing bridge.