Craig Samitt, M.D.

Craig_Sammitt_high_res.jpgExecutive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Craig Samitt is executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Anthem, Inc., and is responsible for establishing, leading and executing Anthem's overall clinical vision and strategy. Dr. Samitt oversees Anthem’s clinical operations including: health care analytics, corporate medical and pharmacy policy, health care management and quality, program integrity, and community health initiatives. He is also responsible for advancing Anthem’s industry-leading portfolio of provider partnerships and payment innovation models, focused on improving patient outcomes and delivering value-based care to Anthem’s 38.6 million medical members. Additionally, Dr. Samitt has responsibility for HealthCore, Anthem’s clinical outcomes research subsidiary, and AIM Specialty Health, Anthem’s specialty benefits management subsidiary focused on promoting evidence-based care in high-risk, high-cost areas such as imaging, oncology, and specialty pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining Anthem, Dr. Samitt served as partner and global provider practice leader of Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences division, and president and chief executive officer for HealthCare Partners, a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare, one of the largest physician-centric delivery systems in the country. Much of Dr. Samitt’s leadership career was spent as president and CEO of Dean Health System, Inc., one of the largest integrated health systems in the Midwest. Dr. Samitt led a transformation of Dean’s performance, resulting in the escalation of the system’s statewide WCHQ quality ranking from No. 5 to No. 2, driving 16 sequential quarters of improvement in patient satisfaction scores; reducing a three-year medical cost trend to 48 percent of national commercial health plan averages, and receiving recognition by CMS as a 5-star Medicare Plan, and by JD Power as No. 1 health plan in the Midwest for three consecutive years.

Dr. Samitt is a nationally recognized health care policy expert and thought leader with a record of collaborating across the health care system to develop and advance solutions that deliver higher-quality health care at a lower cost. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and is currently serving a second three-year term as a Commissioner for MedPAC, an influential, independent legislative branch agency established and appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office to advise Congress on policies governing health plans and health care providers serving America’s Medicare beneficiaries.

Dr. Samitt previously served on the Boards of Advocate Physicians Partners, Tandigm Health, the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network, the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Association, and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Center for Accountable Care. He lectures extensively about the transformation of U.S. health care, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders,” and serves as an annual faculty lecturer at the Wharton School of Business.

Dr. Samitt earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, medical degree from Columbia University, and MBA in health care management from the Wharton School of Business. He completed medical residency in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.