Darshak Sanghavi, MD, was most recently the Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare & Retirement business, the largest commercial Medicare program in the country with over $90B in revenue, where he successfully executed dozens of programs aimed at improving cost and quality of care, resulting in over $425M in incremental savings, exceeding Wall Street-facing targets. Before then, he was Chief Medical Officer at OptumLabs, overseeing a diverse portfolio of innovation-directed projects addressing national health priorities including the opioid crisis, health care affordability, artificial intelligence and big data, maternal mortality, dementia, diabetes, and numerous other collaborative clinical programs with an extended team spanning over 100 projects and one of the nation’s largest health care databases.
Earlier, he was a member of the Obama administration, as the Director of Preventive and Population Health at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS/HHS), where he oversaw the development of large pilot programs aimed at improving the nation’s health care costs and quality. In this capacity, he was the architect of numerous initiatives, including the $157 million Accountable Health Communities model, the 3 million member Million Hearts Cardiovascular Risk Reduction model, and the $1 billion Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.
Dr. Sanghavi was formerly a fellow and a managing director of the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., where he directed efforts to better engage clinicians in health care payment and delivery reform. He is also an associate professor of pediatrics and was chief of pediatric cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, directing clinical and research programs dedicated to children's heart defects, where he still sees patients.
Dr. Sanghavi is an award-winning medical educator, who has worked in medical settings around the world and published dozens of scientific papers on topics ranging from the molecular biology of cell death to tuberculosis transmission patterns in Peruvian slums. A frequent guest on NBC's Today and past commentator for NPR's All Things Considered, Dr. Sanghavi is a contributing editor to Parents magazine, a health care columnist with Slate, and has regularly written about health care for the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. His best-seller, A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician's Tour of the Body, was named a best health book of the year by the Wall Street Journal. He was a visiting media fellow of the Kaiser Family Foundation and a winner of the Wharton Business Plan Competition.
He previously worked for several years as a U.S. Indian Health Service pediatrician on a Navajo reservation. Educated at Harvard College and Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Sanghavi completed his pediatrics residency and cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston.