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Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil

Chief Health Officer, Anthem, Inc.

Dr. Shantanu Agrawal is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who has worked in both academic and community settings. He is currently Chief Health Officer at Anthem, Inc. Previously, Dr. Agrawal served as president and CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and director of one of its largest centers, the Center for Program Integrity (CPI).

Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil is chief health officer at Anthem, Inc., where he oversees the enterprise whole health strategy, including medical policy and clinical quality, as well as our industry-leading work to address health-related social needs and health equity. Passionate about improving health outcomes and reducing disparities, Agrawal draws on his clinical and business expertise to push for a more equitable health space for the people Anthem serves. Accordingly, he also leads Anthem’s community health strategy and the Anthem Foundation.

Outside of Anthem, Agrawal serves on numerous boards and committees that deepen his commitment to advancing health. He serves on the Board of Directors for both the Healthcare Leadership Council and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. He is on the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery and part of the National Academy of Medicine Leadership Consortium. Agrawal is a member of the Brown University Corporation Committee on The Warren Alpert Medical School and serves on the Chief Medical Officers Committee at America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Prior to joining Anthem, Agrawal served as president and chief executive officer of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a non-profit organization dedicated to working with diverse members of the healthcare community to drive measurable health improvements. He is also the former deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where he led an effort to improve the physician experience with Medicare and was an architect of CMS’s strategy to address the national opioid epidemic. Agrawal served as director of the Center for Program Integrity (CPI), where he was instrumental in launching new initiatives in data transparency and analytics, utilization management, and payment models.

Agrawal completed his undergraduate education at Brown University, medical education at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and clinical training in emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master’s degree in social and political sciences from Cambridge University.

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