Honorary Membership Presented to Dr. Martin Brotman for Leadership in Health Care
Martin Brotman, M.D., senior vice president of education, research and philanthropy for the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, has been awarded the California Hospital Association’s (CHA) 2014 Honorary Membership in recognition of his 40-plus years of caring for patients in the San Francisco area.
Brotman began practicing gastroenterology and internal medicine in the mid-1960s. An interest in health care administration led him to Sutter Health-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), where he served as president and CEO from 1995 to 2008. He was the founding president of Sutter’s West Bay Region and oversaw its operations from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, Brotman began his role of leading the network’s education, research and philanthropy programs.
Throughout his administrative career, Brotman continued to care for patients every week, sometimes traveling hundreds of miles to see those who lived outside of the Bay Area.
“Martin Brotman is a distinguished health care leader in California,” CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner said. “His visionary leadership across more than four decades has benefited countless patients. CHA is proud to honor his achievements by awarding him Honorary Membership.”
Respected nationwide for his leadership in patient care, medical education, health care administration, philanthropy and community leadership, Brotman serves as a board member of the CPMC Foundation, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and chairman of the American Gastroenterological Association Foundation.
“I’m deeply grateful for this recognition and honored to have my work acknowledged in this way,” Brotman said. “Most of all, my thanks go to the patients I’ve been fortunate to care for and the doctors I’ve been privileged to mentor. Medicine is my calling, and there’s nothing else I would rather do.”
Over the years at CPMC, Brotman has served as chairman of the Department of Medicine, director of the Division of Education, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and medical director of the Gastroenterology Laboratory. Brotman also was the chair of the Sutter Development Council. His numerous roles with professional organizations include founding co-chair of the San Francisco African American Health Disparity Steering Committee, past treasurer and past president of the American Gastroenterology Association, past chairman of the American Digestive Health Foundation and board member of the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition.
Brotman has received numerous awards in his long career, including the American Gastroenterological Association’s highest honor, the Julius Friedenwald Medal, and CHA’s Ritz E. Heerman Award for Public Service. In 2012, the San Francisco Business Times named Brotman a “Hero in Health Care” for his lifetime contributions to the field.
As one of the largest health care trade associations in the nation, CHA represents more than 400 hospitals and health systems in California. The association advocates for patients and hospitals, promotes public health policy and is hospitals’ voice at the state and federal levels. CHA has offices in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.