HEALTH:FURTHER 2018 | SPEAKERS

Sam Asgarian, M.D.

Sam Asgarian, M.D.

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Aetna Products and Services, Consumer Health and Services

Aetna

Sam Asgarian, M.D., is chief medical officer for the Product and Services division of Aetna’s Consumer Health and Services organization, and is vice president of Clinical Practice and Product Management. He is responsible for clinical policy operations, medical management and the Product and Program Development Office, which drives operations and enterprise-wide portfolio coordination to improve consumer convenience and personalized holistic wellness. Before rejoining Aetna in 2018, Sam was the chief development and strategy officer for axialHealthcare, a startup company focused on mitigating adverse pain management, leading to better health care quality for patients across different segments and geographies. Prior to that, Sam was vice president of Strategy and Operations for Aetna Consumer Health and Services, where he was responsible for driving the enterprise strategy to transition the organization from a business-to-business health plan to a business-to-consumer health and wellness company. As part of these efforts, Sam successfully led the first-of-its-kind collaboration between Aetna and a best-in-class consumer technology company, resulting in new wellness support for members. He first joined Aetna in 2015 as deputy chief of staff to the Aetna Chairman and CEO. In that position, Sam helped evolve and execute Aetna’s enterprise strategic roadmap, including acquisitions and new business organization development. Sam earned bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in medical sciences from Loyola University Chicago, a medical degree from Tulane University, and a master of business administration from Cornell University. Sam enjoys traveling both domestically and internationally and combines his love of travel and automobiles by going on extended road trips throughout the United States.

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