Patrick Conway, MD, joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina as President and CEO-elect on Oct. 1, 2017. He was named President and CEO on December 5, 2017, succeeding Brad Wilson.
Conway most recently served as Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role he also held the position of Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). As the most senior non-political leader at CMS, he worked in both Republican and Democratic administrations and is considered one of the driving forces behind the national movement to value-based care, with health care payments tied to quality and innovation.
Conway joined CMS in 2011 as the agency's Chief Medical Officer and served as Principal Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator. A respected leader, innovator and clinician, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2014.
He is a practicing pediatric hospitalist and was selected as a master of hospital medicine from the Society of Hospital Medicine. Before joining CMS, he oversaw clinical operations, quality improvement, and research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, with a focus on improving patient outcomes across the entire multi-billion dollar health system.
Conway completed his pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital Boston, graduated with high honors from Baylor College of Medicine, and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University.