by Jasmine Phiri
November 2, 2021
Medical Director, Value-Based Care,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Dr. Thankavel is Medical Director of Value Based Care for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and a physician leader who is passionate about transforming the health care system through innovation. Working with sales and account management, network, and community relations, Dr. Thankavel supports the company’s interactions in the large and dynamic business community of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout north Texas. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Baylor University, followed by his Medical Degree from Saint George’s University, Dr. Thankavel completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida. Prior to his current role, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern. As an inpatient physician at the University of Texas Southwestern and the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for 10 years, Dr. Thankavel has a wide variety of clinical experience, including the treatment of diabetes complications. In addition, he served as the Medical Director of the Home Care program at the Children’s Health, where he oversaw three departments that targeted care toward approximately 1,200 patients. This experience helped him better understand the need to analyze market utilization and population health.