Susan Ivey MD, MHSA

Adjunct Professor
UCB/UCSF Joint Medical Program

  • Director of Research Health Research for Action

Susan L. Ivey is an Associate Adjunct Professor that conducts health services research including design and evaluation of health interventions, particularly for low-income populations, recent immigrants, and Asian Americans.

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 Immigrant Women’s Health: Problems and Solutions (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.

  • MHSA (Master’s Health Services Administration) – Health Policy and Acute Care Services, The George Washington University, 1995
  • MD – St. Georges University School of Medicine, 1981
  • BS/BA – Biological Sciences/Chemistry, UC Irvine, 1977
  • BA – Psychology, USC, 1975
  • Immigrant health status including cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes
  • Health policy issues related to health and health care disparities
  • Disparities in health status and in access to health services