Texas Covered Event

Beyond Health Care: Prevention, Social Barriers & Population Health Improvement

October 20, 2020 9:20 AM

Addressing Whole Person Health Before, During and After a Pandemic


Dr. Deshpande has been with UnitedHealthcare for thirteen years, where he is currently CMO of UHC’s Texas Medicaid business, a $5 billion health plan with over 400,000 Medicaid, CHIP and dual-SNP members statewide. He leads clinical quality and affordability initiatives, facilitates design and implementation of alternative payment models for physicians, hospitals and other providers, and develops innovative strategies for optimizing population health. Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Deshpande is on the clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed medical school and residency training.

A native Houstonian, he received his undergraduate biology degree at the University of Southern California, and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Deshpande was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council and the Texas Health Services Authority, and he serves on Texas HHSC’s Medical Care Advisory Committee, e-Health Advisory Committee, and Drug Utilization Review Board.

Dr. Deshpande is a board member of the greater Houston-area March of Dimes and The Living Bank.