SANTA ANA – Supervisor Katrina Foley (District 2) released the following statement congratulating Dr. Clayton Chau, Orange County Health Officer and Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) who is recognized as the 2021 Physician of the Year by the Orange County Medical Association.
“Dr. Chau has worked tirelessly to protect our community during this pandemic,” said Supervisor Foley. “Not only has he devised strategies around COVID-19 testing and vaccines throughout the County, he has worked with our offices individually to ensure we are targeting the needs of our individual communities, especially the most vulnerable. And in his free time, you can find Dr. Chau helping vaccinate the community at our Super Pod locations. He has stepped up and shown exceptional leadership, coordination and determination during an unprecedented year for our County, and under unheard of pressures from community members. I am thankful for Dr. Chau’s steadfast leadership and am so pleased he has been recognized by the Orange County Medical Association.”
Dr. Chau received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Chelsea University in 2004, and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1994. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley followed by a fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in psychoneuroimmunology focusing on substance use disorder and HIV.
Additionally, he has served as an Associate Clinical Professor and Lecturer at a variety of renowned academic institutions including the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Chau has conducted international trainings in the areas of health care integration, health care system reform, cultural competency and mental health policy.
Supervisor Katrina Foley represents Orange County’s 2nd District, including Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley.
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