by Jasmine Batchelor
August 24, 2020
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer,
Stephen J. Bekanich, M.D. is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Iris Plans, an advance care planning service. Prior to this he served as the CEO of Ascension Health’s Texas ACO with 2,500 physicians and $45m in shared savings across government and commercial contracts. He was the Chief Medical Officer of the health insurance joint venture between Cigna and Ascension Health. Before moving to Austin, he held the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the University of Utah’s Medical Center where he started and directed their palliative medicine programs. Dr. Bekanich is the recipient of awards for medical leadership, innovation in health care, teaching, and patient and family satisfaction. His research is in the field of communication and pain. He serves on national boards and committees. His greatest joy in life is spending time with his wife and their three children.