by Jasmine Phiri
January 29, 2021
President and CEO,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Tunde Sotunde MD, MBA, FAAP is the President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC). Blue Cross NC is North Carolina’s largest insurer and provides coverage to more than 3.7 million members across all 100 counties. Blue Cross NC is leading the transformation of health care across the state. A healthier North Carolina is a better North Carolina, and Blue Cross NC is fully committed to improving the health and well-being of its customers and communities.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Sotunde held leadership roles as a physician, educator, and a health plan executive. He has an accomplished record of implementing innovative health care delivery models and improving quality of care for patients.
During his career, Dr. Sotunde has worked hand-in-hand with health care providers, consumers, employers, brokers, policymakers, and state and federal regulators to navigate complex changes and lead health transformation across bothpublic and private sectors.
In his previous role, Dr. Sotunde served as the President overseeing Anthem’s Medicaid and related state government business across 23 states and the District of Columbia with 7.3 million members and $33 billion in revenue, where he drove a 13 percent membership increase in enrollment over a two-year period.
During his time at Anthem, Dr. Sotunde collaborated with health care providers to move more than 50 percent of provider payments to value-based care arrangements and generated significant improvements in member satisfaction scores as measured by the National Commission for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey.
Dr. Sotunde also worked as President and CEO of Anthem subsidiary Amerigroup Georgia, where he led strong membership and revenue growth and helped the plan become one of the first Medicaid plans in the organization to achieve excellent accreditation status from the NCQA.
As a pediatrician, Dr. Sotunde practiced medicine at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and later served as Chief of Pediatrics at Syracuse Community Health Center in Syracuse, NY. He has trained medical students and residents as a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Sotunde also served in Chief Medical Officer and other leadership roles in both payer and provider organizations at key divisions of Cigna, UnitedHealthcare and Solera Capital.
Dr. Sotunde is a graduate of University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria (1988) and Howard University’s Hospital Residency Program in Pediatrics (1995). He completed his Executive MBA at the University of Memphis (2001) and studied health care management at the Wharton School of Business (2003).
Dr. Sotunde was born in Nigeria where he spent his early childhood before attending boarding school in England. In the early 1990s, Dr. Sotunde immigrated to the U.S. where he completed his pediatric residency training. Outside of his passion for improving the health care delivery system, Dr. Sotunde is an avid aviation enthusiast and enjoys leisure travel with family and friends. He is married with four children.