William Shrank, MD, MSHS

by Jasmine Batchelor

August 3, 2018

Chief Medical Officer,
UPMC Health Plan

Dr. William Shrank joined UPMC’s Health Plan Division in June 2016 as the company’s new Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Shrank will focus on the design and implementation of new payment and delivery models to promote improved population health and further advance UPMC’s integrated clinical business strategies.

Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Shrank served as Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Provider Innovation for CVS Health where he led the development of solutions to support providers manage risk and deliver better care for the populations they serve. Prior to joining CVS, Dr. Shrank served as the inaugural Director, Research and Rapid-Cycle Evaluation for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where he helped design and led the evaluation of new payment reform models tested by the Center such as Pioneer ACOs, Bundled Payments and progressive Primary Care models. Dr. Shrank began his career as a practicing physician with Brigham Internal Medicine Associates at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as well as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His research at Harvard focused on improving the quality of prescribing and the use of chronic medications and he published over 200 papers on these topics.

Dr. Shrank received his Medical Degree from Cornell University Medical College, served his residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University and was a Fellow in Health Policy Research at UCLA, RAND. He earned his Master of Science degree in Health Services from the University of California at Los Angeles and his Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University.
Dr. Shrank has served on various national committees and advisory boards, such as the National Advisory Committee for FDA, White House (Networking Information, Technology Research and Development Program), HHS and Brown University School of Public Health. He currently serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and the National Advisory Committee for AHRQ. Among the many achievement awards Dr. Shrank received is the 2015 Healthcare Executive Transformation Award from the Los Angeles County Medical Association and a Robert Wood Johnson Pioneer Award.