OCMA Member Spotlight

Clayton Chau, M.D., PhD

We are pleased to announce the selection of OCMA/CMA member Clayton Chau, MD, PhD, as the new Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), effective May 4, 2020.  It should be noted that Dr. Chau is the first physician to hold this position.

Dr. Chau previously served at the HCA, having been a member of the Behavioral Health Services team from 1999 - 2012 and most recently, Chief Clinical and Strategy Officer for Mind OC, the not-for-profit created to support the advancement of Be Well OC. He is a celebrated member of our community who was honored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors with a Community Services Recognition Award in 2018 for his innovative work as a thought leader and consensus builder in the creation this initiative, which is the first-of-its-kind in the state to leverage the best-in-class capabilities of public, private, academic, and faith-based entities to create a coordinated system of care. Dr. Chau will bring the wealth of experience he has gained in the behavioral health system to the Health Care Agency. 

He was previous employed by Providence Health System, the third largest health system in the country, as the Regional Executive Medical Director of the Institute of Mental Health and Wellness Southern California Region. Appointed by the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, he is a member of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee. His past positions include Senior Medical Director for Health Services at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest nonprofit health plan in the nation, responsible for behavioral health, care management, utilization management, and disease management. In that capacity, Dr. Chau was actively involving in the development of the Los Angeles County Whole Person Care Program. He was also the Co-Principal Investigator for a multi-year Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation grant in Transforming Clinical Practice.

Dr. Chau received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Chelsea University in 2004, and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1994. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley followed by a fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in psychoneuroimmunology focusing on substance use disorder and HIV. Additionally, he has served as an Associate Clinical Professor and Lecturer at a variety of renowned academic institutions including the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Irvine.

Never one to sit idle, Dr. Chau is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University. He is a resident of the City of Fullerton. 

Congratulations Dr. Chau on your tremendous accomplishment.






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