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Ravi Kavasery, MD
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Blue Shield of California
Ravi Kavasery, MD, is Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Blue Shield of California, and is responsible for the affordability, quality, and performance of Blue Shield’s provider network. As a leading nonprofit health plan with nearly five million members, Blue Shield’s mission is relentlessly focused on ensuring all Californians have access to high quality health care at an affordable price.
Dr. Kavasery is a seasoned physician executive with over a decade of experience leading population health and transformation in care delivery. Prior to Blue Shield, he served
as Medical Director of Quality and Population Health for AltaMed Health Services — the largest federally qualified health center in the United States. Until 2018, he was Medical Director of Clinical Development and Performance for Iora Health, a primary care group renowned for its innovative care delivery model. As one of the earliest physicians to join Iora Health, Dr. Kavasery led a multi- disciplinary team in the development and implementation of the Iora care model nationally. Dr.
Kavasery served for six years as associate faculty member with the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School as well as an associate faculty member with Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation founded by Dr. Atul Gawande between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kavasery is a published author in peer review and non-peer review publications and an invited guest lecturer and presenter throughout the country.
During his clinical training, Dr. Kavasery has collaborated with Partners in Health in Rwanda and Malawi. He has also done clinical work in Uganda, the Navajo Nation, South Korea, Malaysia, and Argentina. Ravi has received multiple teaching awards from the Harvard Medical School Academy for Teaching and Learning. Prior to medical school he was named a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar. He is a board-certified internist and continues to see patients regularly in East Los Angeles.