Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACPExecutive Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.; Group President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Georgia Regions; President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Benjamin K. Chu was appointed regional president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California in 2005. In 2011 he was became responsible for overseeing the Hawaii region as a group president for Southern California and the Hawaii regions. He directs health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and 168 medical offices to serve more than 3.6 million members in both locations.
Dr. Chu served for three years as president of NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest public hospital system in the country. A primary care internist by training, Dr. Chu possesses extensive health care experience as a clinician, administrator, and policy advocate.
Dr. Chu also has experience as an academic health center leader. He was senior associate dean at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from 2000 – 2002. He served at the NYU School of Medicine and Medical Center as associate dean and vice president for Clinical Affairs from 1994 – 2000. He was a 1989-1990 Robert Wood Johnson Policy Fellow serving as legislative assistant for health for New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.
Dr. Chu earned his medical degree at New York University, his master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University.