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Dr. Bharath Thankavel

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Medical Director of Value Based Care

Dr. Bharath Thankavel is a physician leader who is eager to help make the health care system work better through the use of value based care.

As medical director of value based care at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), Dr. Thankavel is well positioned to make a difference. Working in tandem with BCBSTX’s Network Innovation Delivery team, this new role will help further incorporate physician insights into the creation of the company’s new health care delivery models, such as accountable care organizations.

Born in San Antonio, Dr. Thankavel is Texas “born and bred.” He received his bachelor degree in biology from Baylor University, followed by his medical degree from Saint George’s University and his pediatric residency from the University of South Florida. As an inpatient physician at the University of Texas Southwestern and the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Dr. Thankavel has a wide variety of clinical experience, including the treatment of diabetes complications.

As the medical director of the Home Care program at the Children’s Medical Center, Dr. Thankavel oversaw three departments that targeted care toward approximately 1,200 patients. This experience helped him better understand the need to analyze market utilization and population health.

Dr. Thankavel recognizes that doctors must practice what they preach, so he incorporates health and wellness into his life through sports – by coaching his son’s little league team and playing in a basketball league of his own. His love for travel has led him to several countries across the world, and he makes a conscious effort to expose his son to the same cultural opportunities.

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