by Jasmine Batchelor
June 14, 2018
Chief Medical Officer, Population Health Solutions and Vice President, Clinical Innovation, Optum
Ethan M. Berke, MD, MPH is the Chief Medical Officer, Population Health Solutions, and Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Optum. In this role, Ethan serves as the clinical lead for provider and health-system focused solutions that improve the care of patients in the context of their community, and help the health system provide the highest quality care, at the lowest cost, with an exemplary patient and provider experience, no matter what payment system is utilized.
He previously served as Medical Director of Clinical Design and Innovation for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System (D-HHS), an academic health system in New Hampshire. At D-HHS he was also Chief Medical Officer of ImagineCare, a 24/7 nurse-led, coordinated care model that leverages remote medical sensing and machine learning analytics to improve health and health care quality while reducing costs and empowering patients. Prior to leading these innovation groups. Dr. Berke was engaged in many operational initiatives, and formed and led the primary care service line at D-HHS. In his primary care leadership role, he focused on innovation in the provider practice, specifically developing and implementing value based compensation models for primary care physicians, an imbedded behavioral health clinician model, and multi-disciplinary team-based improvement projects to improve the patient experience.
Throughout his career, he has worked to innovate health care delivery. He has developed novel roles in the health care workforce and leveraged technology to improve the quality of care and transform health systems from reactionary high-cost care models to a proactive, high-value models focused on health. To his work, Ethan has consistently, creatively crafted and leveraged powerful cross-disciplinary and cross-industry partnerships. He regularly contributes to the national health policy discussion pertaining to health transformation and consumerism in health and has contributed to health legislation.
He completed a BS degree in statistics at the University of Vermont, an MD degree at Albany Medical College, residency in Family Medicine at the University of Washington, and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Ethan is an Associate Professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is internationally known for his work in mobile health (mHealth) and remote medical sensing, and has researched the built environment, to better understand how habitat and behavior affect individual and population health. He has taught population health in the Masters of Health Care Delivery Science program in the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth for five years.
Ethan and his wife have 2 daughters, ages 11 and 13. They enjoy travel and many outdoor activities, including skiing and kayaking.