Less than a year after he returned to Northwestern Memorial Hospital from Washington, D.C., Dr. Stephen Ondra is leaving as chief medical officer to be the top doctor at Chicago-based health insurance giant Health Care Service Corp.
A neurosurgeon and U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Ondra held key policy roles at the Veterans Affairs Department and in the Obama administration before he took the job April 16 at Northwestern Memorial. In addition to his roles at the VA, Ondra, 55, also previously advised on health information technology for President Barack Obama's office of science and technology.
When he joins Health Care Service on April 1, Dr. Ondra will be the company's top clinical executive, overseeing the medical side of coverage for 13 million members in Illinois. The nation's fourth-largest health insurer operates Blue Cross & Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and is in the process of acquiring the Montana plan.
“At the end of the day, we need to offer ways to help people achieve their best possible personal health and wellness,” Dr. Ondra said in a statement.