Sarita Mohanty, M.D.

The SCAN Foundation announced yesterday that Sarita A. Mohanty, M.D., has been named president and CEO of the healthcare nonprofit, succeeding Bruce A. Chernof, M.D., who announced his retirement from the organization earlier this year. 

Mohanty was most recently Kaiser Permanente’s vice president of care coordination for Medicaid and vulnerable populations, developing the Thrive Local social health network. Previously, she was senior medical director for L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest public health plan in the country.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. 

“It’s very exciting to be joining The SCAN Foundation because I have long admired Bruce Chernof and the tremendous work he, the talented and dedicated team, and our strategic partners across the country have accomplished,” said Mohanty, who will start work in January 2021. “Now the job is to further catalyze these efforts and fundamentally shift the paradigm about aging by implementing new coordinated, person-centered models to bring about optimum, equitable health and social outcomes particularly for those living with complex needs and in underserved communities.” 

Since its founding in 2008, The SCAN Foundation has awarded more than $75 million in grant funding to hundreds of organizations focused on helping all older adults age with the dignity, choice and independence. The organization has stressed the need for new long-term care models and financing.