Dr. Susan Fleischman will leave her position as medical director of the Venice Family Clinic Thursday, December 23rd, after 18 years in the position.

She will assume a similar role as medical director for Blue Cross of California of state-sponsored programs.

Venice Family Clinic officials said Fleischman will continue to volunteer for the Venice Family Clinic, the nation’s largest free clinic.

Fleischman plans to continue to see patients at the Venice clinic a half-day a week and continue to serve on the Venice Family Clinic board of directors.

Venice Family Clinic chief executive officer Elizabeth Benson Forer praised Fleisch- man as “an outstanding professional, a courageous woman and the most compassionate of doctors.”