Dr. Amar Desai
President and CEO, Optum Pacific West
As head of Optum Pacific West, Desai oversees care delivery impacting nearly 2.5 million patients in California, Oregon and Washington. The organization has done a lot to coordinate care between behavioral, social and medical health teams, resulting in a 16% year-over-year drop in preventable hospitalizations. There’s also been a 20% decrease in hospitalizations among patients with chronic conditions. Along the way, Optum has become a leader in adopting value-based care models. Desai is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as well. Women and people of color make up 71% of his leadership team and he’s set a goal to increase the percentage of Hispanic senior leaders to a minimum of 10%.