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Mark Wagar
President and CEO, Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Mark Wagar is President and CEO of Empire BlueCross BlueShield, the leader in providing health insurance coverage to over 5 million New Yorkers including individuals, families, and seniors across a diverse spectrum of community, culture, age, geography, employment, labor and economic status.

A 33-year veteran of healthcare services, Wagar brings the organization a strong combination of health plan and provider management experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. His leadership roles prior to Empire included positions at Caremark, CIGNA HealthCare, and other managed care organizations, as well as with hospitals, physician groups, and outpatient care providers. Wagar and his wife of 34 years, Ellen, live in Manhattan and are both graduates of The Ohio State University.

An experienced officer as well as director in public, private, community, and charitable organizations, Wagar currently serves on a number of private and community organizations. He is a board member for the Partnership for New York City, the Citizens Budget Commission and the Battery Park Conservancy, as well as a member of the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of The Ohio State University, a recipient of the Dr. Jonas Salk Memorial Mentor in Medicine Award, and a member of the 1971 Big Ten Champion Ohio State University Basketball Team.

 

Scott Breidbart, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Scott Breidbart, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer of Empire BlueCross Blue Shield. In this role, Dr. Breidbart plays a key role as liaison between Empire, the company’s more than 5 million members, their physicians and other health care providers across the state.

Dr. Breidbart joined Empire in December 2008 and brings more than 15 years of managed care experience and more than 10 years as a medical practitioner in New York. Most recently he served as vice president, Quality Improvement and Medical Policy at Health Net, where he built and managed clinical account management teams on both coasts and built and directed the medical profiling team.

Dr. Breidbart received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and earned his medical degree from Columbia University. He performed his residency in pediatrics at Babies and Children’s Hospital of New York (Columbia Presbyterian), his chief residency at Westchester Medical Center in New York and his fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Montefiore Medical Center also in New York.

Additionally, he practiced pediatric endocrinology for 10 years as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College.

Dr. Breidbart also holds an MBA from Pace University Lubin School of Business, and is on the Board of Directors of the New York Diabetes Coalition.

 

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