William H. Shrank, MD, MSHS

Dr. Shrank joined UPMC’s Health Plan Division in June 2016 as the company’s new Chief Medical Officer. In this role, he focuses on the design and implementation of new payment and delivery models to promote improved population health and further advance UPMC’s integrated clinical business strategies. 

Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Shrank served as Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and Chief Medical Officer of Provider Innovation for CVS Health. There he led the development of solutions to support providers manage risk and deliver better care for the populations they serve. Prior to joining CVS, Dr. Shrank served as the inaugural Director of Research and Rapid-Cycle Evaluation for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where he helped design and led the evaluation of new payment reform models tested by the Center such as Pioneer ACOs, Bundled Payments and progressive Primary Care models. Dr. Shrank began his career as a practicing physician with Brigham Internal Medicine Associates at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as well as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His research at Harvard focused on improving the quality of prescribing and the use of chronic medications and he published nearly 200 papers on these topics. 

Dr. Shrank has served on various national committees and advisory boards, such as the National Advisory Committee for FDA, CMS, White House (Networking Information, Technology Research and Development Program), DHHS and AHRQ. Among the many achievement awards Dr. Shrank received is the 2015 Healthcare Executive Transformation Award from the Los Angeles County Medical Association. He also was the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Pioneer Award to evaluate the effect of innovative prescription label design on adherence to chronic medication and health outcomes. Dr. Shrank obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, Master of Science degree in Health Services from the University of California at Los Angeles and his Medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.