Patrick Conway, M.D.


Chief Executive Officer

Optum Rx
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About Patrick Conway, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Conway was named chief executive officer of Optum Rx in August 2023. In this role, he leads an integrated pharmacy care services organization that is making drugs more affordable and creating a better experience for consumers. He joined Optum in February 2020 and previously served as the CEO of Care Solutions.

From 2017 to 2019, Conway was president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. From 2011 to 2017, he served as deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and the agency’s chief medical officer. Before then, he oversaw clinical operations and quality improvement at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

Conway is a practicing pediatric hospitalist. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014, received the President’s Senior Executive Distinguished Service Award, and was a White House Fellow from 2007 to 2008. He earned his M.D. with high honors from Baylor College of Medicine, did his residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital, and received a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania.


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