by Jasmine Phiri
October 22, 2020
Senior Vice President, and Chief Medical Officer
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Dr. Andrea D. Willis is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, which has more than 6,000 employees and serves more than 3.5 million members in the state and across the country. In this role, Willis guides BlueCross’ clinical processes that are central to improving the health and well-being of our members.
She oversees Total Health Management and Pharmacy Management and is responsible for achieving and maintaining clinical quality excellence, optimizing member care and medical management functions, oversight of clinical risk management and collaborating with the provider community. Willis serves as the clinical face of the organization with customers, providers, regulators and other stakeholders, as well as our employees and Board of Directors.
Willis was previously medical director of the BlueCross CHOICES Long-Term Services and Supports Program where she advised on plans of care for daily living services and home health services. She’s also served as medical director for BlueCare Tennessee and Cover Tennessee.
Prior to joining BlueCross, Willis was director of CoverKids and was responsible for developing Tennessee’s federally approved State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). She also previously served as deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health. She had a key role creating and implementing the statewide initiatives Better Health: It’s About Time and Respect Your Health.
Willis earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (now the Bloomberg School of Public Health) and a Doctor of Medicine from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Willis is a fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2018, she was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2018’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare and was also named one of Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 Women of Influence. She was named as one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives for 2019. She was chosen by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association to receive its Distinguished Alumna Award in 2019. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives by Modern Healthcare in
2019. Additional honors include being named as one of 50 Great African Americans in Healthcare to Know in 2018, one of the 68 African Americans Leaders in Healthcare in 2019, and one of the 70 African American Leaders in Healthcare to Know In 2020 all by Becker’s Hospital Review.