Laurie Nakahira, D.O., Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer at Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP), Dr. Laurie Nakahira is responsible for ensuring the availability, quality and delivery of health care services to SCFHP members, and the development and implementation of medical policies in support of organizational objectives, compliance and operational excellence. Dr. Nakahira brings over 20 years of experience in clinical practice and management to SCFHP, where she oversees the Utilization Management, Case Management, Quality Improvement, Pharmacy, Long-Term Services and Supports and Behavioral Health departments.
Before joining SCFHP, Dr. Nakahira served as Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for Davis Street Community Center, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic in San Leandro, CA. She led clinical operations, including quality improvement, clinical audits, and the integration of medical, dental and behavioral health departments.
Prior to her work at Davis Street Community Center, Dr. Nakahira was Medical Director and Interim Chief Medical Officer at Alameda Alliance for Health, where she built a three-year interim strategic plan and developed the case management and disease management department.
Dr. Nakahira has an undergraduate degree from California State University Long Beach and received her medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She completed her residency at University of Southern California Medical Center Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Los Angeles County. Dr. Nakahira is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.