by Rachad Davis
March 27, 2017
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer,
Cambia Health Solutions
Dr. Richard Popiel is responsible for Cambia’s clinical strategy with the goal to improve members’ outcomes and the experience they have as health care consumers. His responsibilities include oversight for medical, pharmacy and network activities, as well as cost stewardship activities.
A recognized health care delivery expert, Richard came to Cambia Health Solutions from Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey company, where he was president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, he served as Horizon’s vice president and chief medical officer and as vice president/senior medical director for The Permanente Company, a subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente.
Active in professional organizations advancing consumer-focused health care issues, he chairs the National Council of Physician and Pharmacy Executives, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association council comprising chief medical and chief pharmacy officers. He also leads the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Group at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and serving on the AHIP board of directors. Additionally, Richard serves on the board of the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates.
His philanthropic activities include board membership for The George Washington University Alumni, where he has also been honored as an Outstanding Alumnus. In addition, he is vice chair of the Classic Wine Auction, supporting five non-profit partners benefitting children and families.
Richard earned a B.S. in biology and his M.D. at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is board-certified in internal medicine. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.