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  • Rhonda Medows, M.D.
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    Dr. Rhonda Medows joined UnitedHealth Group in April 2010 as theChief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for all publicprograms including Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and anticipatedTriCare programs. In May 2011, Dr. Medows began leadingUnitedHealthcare’s Quality Management & Quality ImprovementPrograms across all UHC Benefits Businesses including Medicare,Commercial, and Medicaid health plans nationwide. She providesleadership and oversight of the initiatives to improve both clinicalquality and operational excellence. In addition to clinical and qualityprograms, she is also developing the program integrity initiativesfocused on provider and member interventions, health informationtechnology integration efforts and serves as a subject matter expertcontributing to health system reform efforts.

    Until March 2010, Dr. Medows served as the Commissioner for theGeorgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and as the State Health Officer for Georgia.This gubernatorial appointment began in 2005. As the Agency Head, Dr. Medows led Georgia's$12 billion State Health Agency that administers the state's Medicaid, SCHIP, and StateEmployee Benefit Health programs and when combined serve 3.4 million Georgians or one thirdof the state's population. In addition, under Dr. Medows' leadership DCH managed the PublicHealth and Emergency Preparedness systems statewide, regulated health care facilities,managed health improvement and access programs focused on rural health, safety net programs,solutions for health disparities that included the first published county level report on healthdisparities for the state of Georgia, town hall meetings across Georgia and a community basedgrant program to support community based solutions to achieve health equity. Dr. Medowsestablished Georgia’s Office of Health Information Technology and lead the development of thestate's health information technology strategy. In this role, Dr. Medows was charged with leadingstate health planning and health policy development. 

    Dr. Medows practiced medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., providing comprehensiveoutpatient, inpatient and nursing home care for families. She also has rich and diverse pastexperience that includes serving as a corporate medical director for BSCS of Florida accountablefor quality compliance and medical coverage guidelines and technology assessment. She hasalso served as the Chief Medical Officer for a disease management company. 

    Dr. Medows received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Medical Degreefrom Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., and completed a Family Medicine Residencyat the University Hospital at Stony Brook in New York. Dr. Medows was Board Certified in FamilyMedicine in 1989 and a Fellow of the AAFP. She served as a clinical instructor for medicalstudents and residents while at Mayo Clinic and as an Associate Professor in Family Medicine atFlorida State University Medical School and at the University of Florida. She has held leadershippositions in medical professional associations at the state and national level as well as serving onthe Boards of health, education and nonprofit organizations.