Patrick Conway, M.D., M.Sc., joined Optum in February 2020 and serves as the CEO of Care Solutions at Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group. He leads a portfolio of care continuum businesses with over $30 billion in annual revenue serving over 50 million people across acute and post-acute care, care in the home in-person and virtually, mental and behavioral care benefits and delivery, broad population and complex disease health management, specialty care, and gov-ernment health services.
From 2017-2019, he was President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina leading the organization to be recognized nationally for innovation, value-based payment, and investments in better health outcomes.
From 2011-17, Conway served as Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and as Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and the agency’s Chief Medical Officer. He also served as Principal Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of CMS. Before joining CMS, he over-saw clinical operations and quality improvement at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He remains a practicing pediatric hospitalist. A respected leader, innovator and clinician, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2014, received the President’s Senior Executive Distinguished Service award, and was a White House Fellow in 2007-08. Dr. Conway received his M.D. with High Honors from Baylor College of Medicine, residency training at Bos-ton Children’s Hospital, and Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania.