William L. Roper, M.D., has been named senior vice president and chief medical officer of the Prudential Health Care System, which provides managed medical services to 4.5 million people nationwide.
Dr. Roper assumes overall responsibility for healthcare operations and research activities and will also oversee Prudential's healthcare policy division. Dr. Roper joined Prudential last year to head the newly created Prudential Center for Health Care Research, the only healthcare research center run by a national insurer-based managed-care company.
Before that he was director of the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He served as deputy assistant to President Bush for domestic policy in 1989 and 1990, and as head of HCFA from 1986 to 1989.