National Vice President for Medicaid, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Susan Fleischman, MD is National Vice President for Medicaid, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. In this new role she is responsible for the creation and implementation of effective strategy for Kaiser Health Plan to participate in Medicaid in its 8 regions. Before joining Kaiser she was a Medical Director for Wellpoint, State Sponsored Business. In this role she provided medical oversight to a program serving 2 million members insured through government payers including Medicaid and SCHIP. Prior to joining Wellpoint, Dr. Fleischman was Medical Director of the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, a clinic that provides health care services to low-income uninsured individuals and families, including the homeless. Under her direction the clinic received the Pew Primary Care Achievement Award in 1997. Dr. Fleischman was also an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA, teaching community medicine to residents and medical students. As an advocate for the poor and homeless she provides technical expertise on care for the underserved as well as on homeless healthcare to community collaborators nationwide.

Dr. Fleischman is active in political advocacy and is a past president of the California Primary Care Association, a past chair of the National Advisory Council to the National Health Service Corps, as well as past member of the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council. Dr. Fleischman is also a past president of the Bay District of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, and a current Los Angeles County Medical Association counselor. She has also been an active participant in MEDPIN, Medicine for People in Need, which attempts to bring state-of-the-art medications to those who cannot afford them.

Dr. Fleischman received her M.D. degree from UCLA in 1984 and completed internship and residency at UCLA in Internal Medicine. She is a graduate of the first class of the California Healthcare Foundation Medical Leadership Fellowship and has participated as faculty for the program. She has been recognized for community service by the Los Angeles American Medical Women's Association. The Santa Monica YWCA named her Woman of the Year in 2000. She is the mother of two small children, ages 7 and 9, and enjoys running, hiking, yoga, music, and scuba diving