CVS Health has made two executive appointments. Sree Chaguturu was named executive vice president and chief medical officer effective immediately, and Sheryl Burke has been appointed senior vice president of corporate social responsibility.
Chaguturu will be responsible for advancing high clinical quality standards, increasing access to care, improving patient outcomes and reducing overall health care costs across the enterprise, CVS Health said.
He will have direct oversight of the CVS Health Medical Affairs organization spanning Aetna, CVS Caremark, CVS Pharmacy, MinuteClinic, Women’s Health and Genomics, Patient Safety, Health Equity and Data and Analytics.
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Previously, Chaguturu served as chief medical officer for CVS Caremark, the company’s pharmacy benefits management business, where he provided clinical oversight for the pharmacy benefit design strategy, maintaining the highest clinical quality standards while driving the lowest net cost.
“Since joining CVS Health in 2019, Sree has been an influential and respected clinical leader, serving as a trusted advisor for clients, members, and colleagues,” said CVS Health president and CEO Karen Lynch. “He played a critical role in the company’s pandemic response, including leading Return Ready, our employer COVID-19 testing and vaccination offering."
Prior to joining CVS Health, Chaguturu was chief population health officer at Mass General Brigham, the largest health care system in Massachusetts, and led the system’s accountable care organization and numerous clinical care delivery and innovation programs. He previously was a healthcare consultant with McKinsey and Company and is currently a practicing internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.
"CVS Health is uniquely positioned to build upon its existing capabilities and extensive reach to improve the health care experience for millions of people,” said Chaguturu. “Our exceptionally talented Medical Affairs organization will help align, integrate and enhance our health care services and assets to help address the needs that exist in our health care system today.”
In addition, Chaguturu will become a member of the company's executive leadership team and report to Lynch. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University and his Doctorate of Medicine from Brown University Medical School and completed his internal medicine and primary care training at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Sheryl Burke, who will take over as senior vice president of corporate social responsibility, will report to Laurie Havanec, executive vice president and chief people officer.
Burke brings significant leadership experience in community-focused health care, most recently serving as senior vice president, Cross-Enterprise Strategic Innovation at CVS Health, where she established forward-thinking clinical and programmatic strategies to increase access to care, personalize and simplify the experience and improve health outcomes, the company said.
The company said that Burke and her team will continue to advance CVS Health’s purpose through the company’s Healthy 2030 ESG strategy. The strategy leverages CVS Health’s strengths as a healthcare leader as well as expansive community presence to advance health equity and create a more sustainable world.
Burke currently serves on the Hartford Promise board of directors and served as a member of the Aetna Foundation board of directors for seven years.