Arthur M. Southam, MD, is executive vice president Health Plan Operations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. It currently serves 9.5 million members and provides approximately $50 Billion per year in health services in eight states and the District of Columbia. Working with leaders throughout Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Southam has national responsibility for Health Plan marketing, sales, service, and administrative activities that support growth and customer service.
Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2001, Dr. Southam was chief executive officer of two California-based health plans, Health Net and CareAmerica.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Southam serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic health system based in Irving, Texas. He is a member of the Board of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, a non-profit alliance that helps streamline health care administration, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America, contributing to the widely cited publications, To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm, which outlined needed improvements in the safety and quality of American health care. He is a past chairman of the California Association of Health Plans.
Dr. Southam received his medical degree and Masters in Public Health from UCLA, and his MBA from Pepperdine University. He received his BA in Neuroscience from Amherst College.