Richard Popiel, MD, MBA

Dr. Richard Popiel has 25 years of senior executive experience in operating health plans and health care companies along with expertise in health care delivery.

Previously, at Cambia Health Solutions, Dr. Popiel held the role of Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer and was responsible for all medical care including clinical strategy and policy, network management including value based payment, and pharmacy management with the goal to improve health plan members’ clinical outcomes and their experiences as health care consumers. In addition, he also was responsible for product development and marketing. Prior to Cambia, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey company. Before that, he served as Horizon BCBSNJ’s Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and as Vice President and Senior Medical Director for The Permanente Company, a subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente.

Active in professional organizations, Dr. Popiel led the National Council of Physician and Pharmacy Executives, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association council comprising chief medical and chief pharmacy officers; the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Group at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the AHIP board of directors. Additionally, Dr. Popiel currently serves on the boards of The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Healthmap Solutions, and ORM Fertility, as well as the strategic advisory boards of Medecision, Carecentrix and Sentio.He also serves as a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company as well as BioIQ

Dr. Popiel earned a B.S. in biology and his M.D. at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is board-certified in internal medicine. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.


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