Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, became director of Healthforce Center at UCSF in 2016. She is also a professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and associate dean for academic affairs in the UCSF School of Dentistry. As director of Healthforce Center, Dr. Mutha leads the organization’s efforts to increase workforce knowledge, develop leadership capacity, and nurture networks across silos to advance health equity.
Dr. Mutha’s scholarly work has focused on overcoming language barriers in health, cultural competence training for clinicians, and improvement interventions to reduce disparities in care. She has served on national committees including the Joint Commission’s Expert Advisory Panel guiding the development of hospital standards for culturally competent patient-centered care and the National Quality Forum’s Cultural Competence Steering Committee. Dr. Mutha serves on an expert advisory committee to develop a scorecard to measure the implementation of high-quality primary care and inform national and state policy.
Dr. Mutha is a member of the board of directors of Insure the Uninsured Project, a nonprofit that promotes innovative and workable policy solutions that expand health care access and improve the health of all Californians. She also serves as the national advisory board chair for Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) at UCSF. She previously served on the board of directors for Brown and Toland Medical Group, a comprehensive, multi-specialty independent practice association in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dr. Mutha graduated from Albany Medical College and completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center. She also completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Stanford University.