Physician Executive Will Lead Value-Based Care Initiatives at Roswell Park

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Source: Roswell Park

Raghu Ram, MD, has joined Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as Vice President of Value-Based Care Optimization and Community Clinical Collaboration. Dr. Ram started in his new role on March 4.

Bringing significant leadership experience in health systems and health plans, Dr. Ram most recently served as Regional Medical Director of Landmark Health, a medical group that provides care for the frail elderly. His duties at Roswell Park include developing strategy and negotiating contracts with health insurance companies. He will also support the cancer center’s business development efforts and engagement with primary-care physicians across Western New York.

No stranger to the region, Dr. Ram was previously the Senior Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of HealthNow New York Inc., Associate Medical Director of Univera Healthcare, and Chief of Family Medicine at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Dr. Ram believes it’s critical to ensure that all patients have access to quality healthcare. With clinical experience as a family physician as well, he hopes to collaborate more with partners across the community.

“With all the advancements in cancer care, it’s our role to get information out to both our colleagues and the public about the best options available to them,” says Dr. Ram. “Many of my patients over the years received great care at Roswell Park, so I’m especially pleased to have the opportunity to expand access to that world-class care and ensure good collaboration among providers in different clinical settings.”

“Our ability to offer the newest and best therapies hinges on how well we demonstrate both the clinical effectiveness and the overall value of these approaches,” adds Candace S. Johnson, PhD, Roswell Park President and CEO. “Dr. Ram’s rich insights on both managed care and family medicine will help Roswell Park to establish new relationships that support our commitment to comprehensive cancer care.”

Dr. Ram holds an MD and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo. 

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