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James A. Polo, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE

by Jasmine Phiri

August 3, 2020

Executive Medical Director, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon; and Executive Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Cambia Health Solutions

Dr. Polo is the Executive Medical Director for Regence BlueCross BlueShield in Oregon and provides physician oversight for all medical healthcare of covered lives within the State. He is also responsible for the full integration of Behavioral Health programs across the four-state (ID, OR, UT, and WA) region for all Cambia Health Solutions health plans covering over 3 million lives. In both roles, he focuses his efforts to ensure that care is holistic and coordinated with emphasis on delivering high quality outcomes. Dr. Polo received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his residency and fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with over 30 years of experience as an actively practicing physician in multiple inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He has served in numerous executive leadership positions for hospitals and healthcare systems working to advance quality outcomes within a sustainable business model. He has been a policy advisor at the national level and consultant in the private sector on healthcare reform. He has also served as reviewer and consultant to several other local and national carriers. Currently, Jim serves as a trustee on multiple professional and corporate boards. Jim and his wife Kathy (also a physician) have lived in Gig Harbor for the past 10 years. They have sons (Jim Jr. and Jeff) who live in Tacoma, and a daughter (Katie) who lives in Gig Harbor. All three work in healthcare.