Venice Family Clinic has named Dr. Karen Lamp medical director, effective immediately.

She succeeds Dr. Susan Fleischman, who accepted a position as medical director for Blue Cross of California of state-sponsored programs.

Lamp has been the clinic’s assistant medical director and is widely acknowledged as a concerned advocate for women’s health.

Lamp was recently recognized by the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for her work on behalf of poor women.

“The clinic is fortunate to have Karen Lamp as its new medical director,” clinic executive director Liz Forer said. “She is someone who has been intricately involved with the clinic for 16 years and is well-respected by its staff.”

As medical director, Lamp will oversee the clinical practice of the largest free clinic in the nation, providing 100,000 patient visits at seven sites to the medically indigent, including the homeless.

The clinic has an annual budget of $15 million. Lamp will be responsible for the supervision of the 100-member clinical and support staff and oversee the residency training rotations for 11 residency training programs and the work of 466 volunteer physicians.

Lamp will continue as clinical director for the clinic’s women’s health programs and will also maintain her responsibilities as the clinical liaison with the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program.

A graduate of the University of California at San Diego Medical School, Lamp did her internship and family practice residency at Santa Monica Hospital.

She is the recipient of the Catherine Carson Award for Humanitarianism and the Wilfred Snodgrass Award for Excellence in Teaching Family Medicine, among other honors.