Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas in Richardson said it named Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., as vice president and chief medical officer, effective May 30. Sanchez, 48, succeeds Paul Handel, M.D., who was promoted to the position of chief medical officer at Health Care Service Corp., the group that operates the Blues plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Most recently, Sanchez served as the director of the Institute for Health Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His other experience includes serving as the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006, and as commissioner of the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004. In his new role, Sanchez will oversee the Texas divisions medical policy and strategy and also the companys new wellness initiative, according to a company news release. Sanchez is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, who has a masters degree in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center and a masters degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas works with 40,000 physicians and 400 hospitals in the states 254 counties to serve about 3.8 million members.
Sanchez, Eduardo, M.D.
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