Susan L. Ivey, MD, MHSA

Susan L. Ivey, MD, MHSA

Medical School:  St. Georges University School of Medicine

Specialty:  Family Medicine (DABFM), Emergency Medicine (DABEM)

Career Highlights:

  • Associate Professor, Adjunct, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • Director of Research, Health Research for Action, an affiliated research center of University of California, Berkeley
  • Associate Professor, UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program
  • Assistant Medical Director, Division of Public Health, City of Berkeley

Service with AMWA:  President (2006-2007) Board of Directors, Vice President - Advocacy and Policy, Vice President - Communications, State Director - California

Quote:  Successful resuscitation of AMWA


Dr. Ivey is Associate Professor, Adjunct, at University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and Director of Research at Health Research for Action (a UCB affiliated research center). She is a board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ivey also received a Master’s in Health Services Management and Policy from George Washington University and received a national research award from NIMH, completing a 2-year post-doctoral research fellowship in Health Policy and Health Services Research at University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Ivey conducts health services research including design and evaluation of health interventions, particularly for low-income populations, recent immigrants, and Asian Americans.  Her current research focuses on health and health care disparities, including Medicaid policy issues, health among underserved and immigrant populations, healthy aging, and chronic diseases (diabetes, epilepsy and heart disease) in Asian Americans.  She is the author of 35 peer-reviewed publications, and author and editor of <u>Immigrant Women’s Health: Problems and Solutions</u> (Jossey-Bass, 1999) among other book chapters and publications focusing on immigrant health issues.

Dr. Ivey has been a member of the American Medical Women’s Association since 1983, joining during her family medicine residency to network with other women in medicine. AMWA has been an important part of Dr. Ivey’s life and work, with a recent term as president (2006-2007) and many roles in committees and vice-president capacities over the years she has been associated. She currently represents AMWA to the Commission to End Health Care Disparities, a coalition of medical organizations started by the AMA, NMA and NHMA to guide physician leadership in the recognition and elimination of health care differences across diverse populations. This work has led to a number of products including a publication in NEJM about the importance of race-ethnicity data for improvement of care in physician practices, and a white paper on the importance of data about clinical care for the improvement of care for diverse populations in our country. Dr. Ivey is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Ivey is a mother of 3 young adults and is married to Peter Bernhard, a newspaper publisher and owner. She lives in Danville, California, with her family and 2 amazing dogs.

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