Center for Clinician Advancement

As one of the largest employers of clinicians in the United States, UnitedHealth Group recognizes the vital role and impact of clinicians in the health care system.

The Center for Clinician Advancement (Center) helps clinicians successfully navigate the demands of a swiftly evolving profession to become leaders in their areas of expertise and emerge as innovators in new areas of care delivery and service.

Through internal and external partnerships, the Center leads the evolution of the next-generation clinician workforce and workplace experience.

Hear a Conversation About the Future of the Clinician Workforce

Listen to the UnitedHealth Group Weekly Dose Podcast as UnitedHealth Group’s Mary Jo Jerde, senior vice president, Center for Clinician Advancement, discusses the impact of clinician burnout and how the Center for Clinician Advancement is helping to build a sustainable health care workforce.

About the Center

The Center has grown from serving 7,000 nurses to serving more than 70,000 licensed clinicians in all 50 states of the U.S. and 31,000 global clinicians in seven countries around the world.

These clinicians include nurses, pharmacists and pharm techs, social workers, behavioral health clinicians, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other clinicians who support clinical care and business operations.

Meet Our Clinicians

Leye Oyetunji Models, Spreads Joy Among Clinicians

Learn how Leye Oyetunji supports clinicians’ well-being as a sponsor of the company’s Joy in Practice program at a time when many clinicians are experiencing burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michelle Leibach: Sages of Clinical Services Award Winner

Optum Care’s Michelle Leibach, associate director, Medical Management, understands the importance of providing patient-centered care — caring for patients in a manner that respects their values, needs and preferences. It is among the many reasons she’s a UnitedHealth Group Sages of Clinical Services award winner. 

Clinician Harnesses Technology to Improve Care and Increase Efficiency

While participating in the Center for Clinician Advancement's Clinician Leader Executive program, Nimita Varga, clinical services manager, Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services, discovered a way to potentially improve care and increase efficiency.

Optum Health Nurse Champions Clinician Advancement

Meet a nurse who’s completed the company’s three-year “RN-to-MSN” continuing education program and continues to advocate for clinicians’ professional development.




Our Strategic Priorities

Clinician Community

The Center cultivates a collaborative community and recognizes and celebrates clinician excellence, leadership and professional impact.

Clinician Development & Advancement

The Center fosters an environment where clinicians lead change, advance health and transform the health system.

Clinician Experience

The Center promotes the health and well-being of clinicians and enables them to find joy in practice and achieve their fullest potential.


The Center leverages insights, innovations and passions, through internal and external relationships, to drive change and create a workplace of choice for clinicians.