CHPR Staff Bios
Neal Kohatsu, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM
Population Health Researcher and Health Strategist
Neal Kohatsu, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM is a Population Health Researcher and Health Strategist with the University of California, Davis, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. Dr. Kohatsu also serves on the Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Department of Family and Community Medicine.
He has 32 years of experience in population health and preventive medicine, including leadership positions in government, academia, and the private sector. His primary focus areas have been chronic disease control, worksite health promotion, quality improvement, and patient safety. Previous positions include: Medical Director, California Department of Health Care Services; Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Iowa; and Acting State Health Officer, California Department of Health Services. He has authored or co-authored 40 published papers and has helped to secure over $17 million in grant funding. Dr. Kohatsu is board-certified in Preventive Medicine and is a past president of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). He received the Distinguished Service Award from ACPM. He also served on the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Kohatsu received an A.B. in Human Biology from Stanford University and an M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. His M.P.H. was completed at the University of Minnesota, with focus areas in environmental health and epidemiology. His residency in Preventive Medicine was completed at the University of Arizona in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He did a two-year, NIH-funded fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Epidemiology at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention.