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Bechara Choucair, MD

Former Vaccinations Coordinator

White House

Bechara Choucair is responsible for overseeing the national vaccination efforts under the Biden administration. He has been named White House COVID-19 vaccinations coordinator and focuses on coordinating the timely, safe and equitable delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations for the U.S. population, in close partnership with relevant federal departments and agencies, and state and local authorities.

Prior to joining the administration, Dr. Choucair served as senior vice president and chief health officer at Kaiser Permanente. In that role, he oversaw the organization’s efforts focused on addressing the social health of its 12.2 million members and the 68 million people who live in the communities it serves. This work included creation of the nation’s largest social health network to meet the housing, food and transportation needs of its members. He also managed Kaiser Permanente’s community health portfolio, including $3.4 billion dedicated to supporting medical financial assistance and charitable care as well as grants and community health initiatives.

Prior to his time at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Choucair was commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health for five years before serving as senior vice president of safety net and community health at Trinity Health. He has been named by Modern Healthcare as one of the “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” in the U.S., one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and as one of the “Top 25 Innovators in Healthcare.”

Sessions

Leadership Insights: Public Trust, Equity and Leadership

Presented by Allison Arwady, MD, Bechara Choucair, MD at 4:30 PM on Monday, March 28th.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it new and significant challenges at the intersection of health equity and the public’s trust of the healthcare system. Healthcare leaders are uniquely positioned to foster trust among the patients and communities they serve, but in the process, they must navigate misinformation, fear and very real disparities in access…