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  • Susan Smarr, MD

Susan Smarr, MD
Director of Operational Optimization

Dr. Smarr was named regional director of Operational Optimization for The Permanente Medical Group in 2017. In this role, she has accountability for enhancing operational care delivery by optimizing the allocation of financial resources across Northern California and creating and implementing decision-making processes to help physicians better take action as leaders in TPMG.

In addition to her role on TPMG’s Executive Staff, Dr. Smarr serves as physician-in-chief and chief-of-staff at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, which has more than 1,000 physicians and 3,500 staff providing exceptional care for over 400,000 Kaiser Permanente members in the Silicon Valley. She is also a member of the TPMG Board of Directors, serving on the Compensation and Administrative Issues Committees.

Dr. Smarr joined TPMG in 1987, and she has held several leadership roles positions at KP Santa Clara in addition to maintaining her clinical practice as an obstetrician-gynecologist, including chief of Ob-Gyn, chief of Quality for the medical center, Med Legal Chief, and assistant physician-in-chief for Risk and Physician HR.

She serves on the Board of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and the California Health Care Foundation. She also has served as a board examiner for the American Board of Ob-Gyn for more than 10 years and is a member of the teaching faculty at Stanford University.

Dr. Smarr has been recognized for her community involvement and her commitment to advancing innovation. She received the YWCA Tribute to Women Award in 2016, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Judges Choice Health Care Hero award in 2012 for her physician innovation program, and California Senator Elaine Alquist’s 2012 “Woman of the Year” honor for Santa Clara County.

Dr. Smarr graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University and earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she received the Medical Faculty Award for honors in all clinical rotations. She also completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Chapel Hill, and published research on infertility.