Soujanya (Chinni) Pulluru, MD
Soujanya “Chinni” Pulluru is a family medicine physician and executive whose unique leadership strengths include value-based care, including managing advanced payment model reform, physician alignment, payer knowledge, regulatory compliance and analytics. She is recognized for her strategic decision-making ability. Currently, Dr. Pulluru serves as vice president of clinical operations, Walmart Health Omnichannel Care. Previously serving as the interim CMO for Walmart, she helped operationalize more than 600 COVID-19 testing centers and managed the company’s COVID-19 response. During this time, she also led the clinical expansion of Walmart Health nationally and had an integral role in the acquisition and integration of a national telehealth platform, creating Omnichannel care access. In addition to clinical operations, she currently manages Walmart Health’s value-based care transformation. In 2020, Fierce Healthcare recognized her as one of its “Women of Influence.” Serving from 2015 to 2019 as medical director/executive medical director for Illinois’ largest, 750-physician group, DULY (formerly DuPage Medical Group), and its subsidiary management service organization, Boncura Health Solutions (serving 5,000 physicians), Dr. Pulluru spearheaded enterprisewide transformation as she guided the organization to adopt value-based care solutions across the continuum of care. She successfully launched new care delivery models that consistently exceeded goals for quality and diverse risk portfolios, including multimillion-dollar alternative payment method contracts. Concurrently, she took profit and loss ownership of DMG’s $160 million pharmacy drug and pharmacoeconomics division, leading to dramatic reductions in value-based care drug spend and net margin expansion. Dr. Pulluru serves on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. She is also on the founder’s council for United States of Care, a nonprofit organization dedicated to healthcare access, and serves on the board of advisors of Stellar Health. In addition to 15-plus years’ experience as a practicing, board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Pulluru has served as a thought leader and presenter for multiple organizations. She is a former executive committee officer and board member of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. She has also served on the Will County, Ill., Board of Health and volunteered as a board member for DuPage Health Coalition.