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Blue Cross welcomes a new chief medical officer
January 6, 2021

This article is for all providers caring for our members

New CMO Sandhya Rao, MD

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is excited to welcome Dr. Sandhya Rao as chief medical officer.

Dr. Rao comes to us from Haven, where she served as vice president of clinical strategy. Prior to that, she was senior medical director for population health management at Partners HealthCare (now known as Mass General Brigham) and associate medical director of the Mass General Physicians Organization. She received her MD from New York University. Her training in internal medicine/primary care was completed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.

Chief Operating Officer Rich Lynch says, "Dr. Rao brings to our company qualities that are vital to our strategy and mission. Her deep clinical and health plan experience, knowledge of our state's broad provider network, exceptional population health management, and member engagement expertise, and insights into what employers want in their health plan will make her an incredibly strong asset to our company's leadership team."

Dr. Rao started at Blue Cross on December 7, 2020. She shares that, "Blue Cross has long been an innovative leader in value-based care, an advocate for universal access to quality health care, and a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am looking forward to leading a team of talented, compassionate clinicians as we face unprecedented challenges and opportunities."