Briefcase: the insurer appoints a new chief medical officer

Dr Latha Raja Shankar

Dr. Latha Raja Shankar has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico as Chief Medical Officer.

Shankar has been a senior physician for over a decade and has experience in ambulatory, inpatient and managed care settings. As CMO, she will be responsible for the development and clinical oversight of BCBSNM’s healthcare management programs. She currently serves on the board of directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Mexico, the board of directors of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance, and the advisory board of the Doña Ana Wellness Institute. She holds a medical degree from Madras Medical College in Chennai, India, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee. She has authored and co-authored various published articles on medical research and clinical and patient experience.

Prior to joining BCBSNM, Shankar was the Chief Medical Director for Western Sky Community Care and also served as Chief Medical Officer for Molina Health Care.

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