Our Advisory Board

Salil Deshpande MD, PhD, Advisory Board Member


Salil V. Deshpande, M.D.

Dr. Deshpande has been with United Healthcare for seventeen years, where he is currently Chief Medical Officer of United Healthcare’s Texas Medicaid business, a $8 billion health plan with over 600,000 Medicaid, CHIP, and dual-Special Needs Plan members statewide. He leads clinical quality and affordability initiatives, facilitates design and implementation of alternative payment models for physicians, home health agencies, behavioral health clinics and other providers, and develops innovative strategies, including telehealth and community collaborations, for optimizing population health. 

Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Deshpande is on the clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed medical school and residency training.  A native Houstonian, he received his undergraduate biology degree at the University of Southern California, and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Deshpande was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council and the Texas Health Services Authority, and he serves on Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Medical Care Advisory Committee and Drug Utilization Review Board.  Dr. Deshpande is a board member of the greater Houston-area March of Dimes and The Living Bank.

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