Learn more about Bruce Chernof

Bruce Allen Chernof, MD, FACP, currently serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation. He is also Chair of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care.


The SCAN Foundation’s mission is to advance the development of a sustainable continuum of care for seniors. It is one of the largest foundations in the United States focused entirely on improving the quality of health and life for seniors.


Prior to heading The SCAN Foundation, Dr. Chernof served as the Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, after serving as the Department’s Senior Medical Director for Clinical Affairs and Affiliations since December 2004.


Earlier in his career, Dr. Chernof served as Regional Medical Director for California Health Programs at Health Net, California’s largest network-model managed care plan where he managed the Healthy Families program statewide and the managed care Medicaid program in Los Angeles County. Previously, Dr. Chernof worked as an academic general internist in the VA system as well as at Olive View UCLA Medical Center, serving as a UCLA faculty member.


Dr. Chernof completed his residency and served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine for the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program. After residency, Dr. Chernof completed a Fellowship in Medical Education at the UCLA School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from UCLA and completed his undergraduate work at Harvard University.


Currently, Dr. Chernof is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Dr Chernof served as the founding Director of UCLA’s five-year combined MD/MBA Program. In 2002, the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA recognized Dr. Chernof with the Award for Excellence in Education for these innovative programs. He has had work published in a variety of journals including Medical Care, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.


Recent Posts by Bruce Chernof

Bruce Chernof on Denial about Aging and Our Impending Long-Term Care Crisis

The author is president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, located in Long Beach, California. This post originally appeared on GrantWatch Blog’s sister blog, Health Affairs Blog, on June 12. It is no secret that Americans are aging, but what is too often lost in this fact is that most people...

What Do You Mean I’m Getting Old? Denial About Aging And Our Impending Long-Term Care Crisis

It is no secret that Americans are aging, but what is too often lost in this fact is that most people will need help as they grow older. Unfortunately, America does not have a strategy to deal with this growing demand. For some, this help comes in the form of needing just a little bit of...

SCAN Foundation CEO Envisions Opportunity for Long-Term Care Solutions in New Commission

This post first appeared on Health Affairs Blog on January 23. Great struggles sometimes result in unexpected opportunities.  In the waning moments of 2012, Congress remained in session to bridge partisan divides to solve the fiscal cliff impasse with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief...

Creating Realistic Long-Term Care Solutions As Part Of The Entitlement Reform Debate

Great struggles sometimes result in unexpected opportunities. In the waning moments of 2012, Congress remained in session to bridge partisan divides to solve the fiscal cliff impasse with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). Signing the ATRA into law also achieved policy...