Charles DeShazer, MD

by Jasmine Phiri

November 12, 2020

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer,
Highmark Health Plan

Charles DeShazer, M.D. is senior vice president and chief medical officer for Highmark Health Plan.
Dr. DeShazer is a board-certified internal medicine physician executive with over 20 years of management experience in medical informatics, quality improvement, medical management, and care delivery redesign.
For Highmark, Inc., Dr. DeShazer is accountable for defining the Health Plan clinical strategy and representing the Health Plan to the business, medical, and regulatory communities. He is responsible for overall medical leadership and direction in the development, organization, management, and strategic direction of Highmark Health Plan’s processes related to health care quality, efficiency, and cost improvement.

He previously worked for Kaiser Permanente, Humana Insurance, and BayCare Health System. In prior roles, he was responsible for enterprise quality and analytics for a 12 hospital Integrated Delivery System, implementation of the patient-centered medical home model, oversight of utilization management, implementation of disease management programs, leveraging a system-wide EHR to achieve meaningful use objectives, supporting the development of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), creating tools and infrastructure for quality and performance management, and implementing patient-centered technologies such as Personal Health Records (PHRs) and telehealth systems.

Dr. DeShazer is an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) certified Improvement Advisor. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, IL.