Executive Physician Immersion Program: Hear from our graduates

Physician leaders who have graduated from the Executive Physician Immersion Program discuss their experiences and the program's value.

This program really is a two-year experience designed to both teach you quite a bit. But it also gives you a chance, a chance for you to demonstrate what it is you're capable of doing. This is really geared towards somebody that wants to get into an executive-level position or in a business type role. Leverage their clinical background, but really be able to put the business of healthcare at the forefront. The program was essential in my success, transitioning from full-time clinical practice into a full-time business role. What it gave me was that foundation of knowledge of the breadth of the work happening at Humana at a very strategic level. But it also gave me the basic understanding of the compliance, legal, regulatory, and financial realities that we must work within if we're going to have a successful business. Those perspectives are impossible to get without working within the inside. And they're essential if you're going to be a strong business leader within the company. I'd say the program is great for physicians who want to be able to influence at a larger scale where healthcare is going. I was a provider in the past, a researcher, so I have the provider and researcher perspective. Now, I'm able to also think from an insurance, or from a payer or healthcare delivery organization perspective. So, I think what I can do now that I couldn't do before the program is actually be able to articulate sort of what value-based care is. What that means to the system. And how that ties into population health and population health management. And understanding that that's actually a business model that works for the insurance industry. Really, at the end of the day, they're actually about the health of the individuals that are members and their plans. You can meet high-end executives and really learn the business. And the other thing that really helps is being able to work across different teams in the company to move initiatives along. Where else are you going to get a chance to learn these types of skills? I think what we have to offer is unparalleled. That's what so many physicians are looking for. They're looking for the chance to say, "I've invested in business skills. I know I can do more than I do today. And I just want a chance to do it." So, I would say run with that chance.

Meet our alumni Executive Physician Immersion Program participants who now hold leadership positions at Humana

Amal Agarwal, D.O., MBA

Amal Agarwal, D.O., MBA, is a board-certified emergency room physician with clinical, entrepreneurial, administrative and operational experience. Dr. Agarwal’s mission is to help with the necessary transition from a fee for-service model to a value-based care model through patient and physician engagement. By merging both patient and healthcare provider data, he hopes to improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Agarwal is uniquely leveraged, having functioned as chief medical officer for a health analytics platform, pharmaceutical consultant for Navigant, healthcare consultant for Accenture and now as medical director in the Executive Physician Immersion Program at Humana. After completing his Six Sigma Green Belt training, he is a firm believer that poor results are primarily attributed to process rather than people.

Outside of work, Dr. Agarwal advises several healthcare startups. He received his MBA from the University of Illinois, his medical degree from Des Moines University and his B.S. in finance and accounting from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Florida.

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Amal Agarwal, D.O., MBA

Amal Agarwal, D.O., MBA, is a board-certified emergency room physician with clinical, entrepreneurial, administrative and operational experience. Dr. Agarwal’s mission is to help with the necessary transition from a fee for-service model to a value-based care model through patient and physician engagement. By merging both patient and healthcare provider data, he hopes to improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Agarwal is uniquely leveraged, having functioned as chief medical officer for a health analytics platform, pharmaceutical consultant for Navigant, healthcare consultant for Accenture and now as medical director in the Executive Physician Immersion Program at Humana. After completing his Six Sigma Green Belt training, he is a firm believer that poor results are primarily attributed to process rather than people.

Outside of work, Dr. Agarwal advises several healthcare startups. He received his MBA from the University of Illinois, his medical degree from Des Moines University and his B.S. in finance and accounting from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Florida.

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Tich Changamire, M.D., Ph.D., MBA

Tich Changamire, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, is a board-certified family physician with a strong interest in value-based healthcare, population health, clinical quality improvement, and the business of healthcare. His experience includes incorporating entrepreneurship, innovation and data analytics to solve contemporary healthcare challenges, and his competencies include strong analytical, interpersonal and business skills.

At Humana, he hopes to leverage his experience to enhance access and improve quality of care for Humana-insured patients through collaboration with healthcare systems and providers.

Dr. Changamire joins Humana from the Greenville Health System in South Carolina, where he was medical director at the Center for Family Medicine, as well as the director of physician leadership development at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He has served as a professor of family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. Dr. Changamire also has experience with large corporations and public sector institutions as a consultant with Bain and Company and the World Bank.

A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe (M.D.), Harvard University (Ph.D.) and Stanford University (MBA), Dr. Changamire completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He serves as a board director for a global health nonprofit organization that provides accessible and affordable healthcare in developing countries.

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Tich Changamire, M.D., Ph.D., MBA

Tich Changamire, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, is a board-certified family physician with a strong interest in value-based healthcare, population health, clinical quality improvement, and the business of healthcare. His experience includes incorporating entrepreneurship, innovation and data analytics to solve contemporary healthcare challenges, and his competencies include strong analytical, interpersonal and business skills.

At Humana, he hopes to leverage his experience to enhance access and improve quality of care for Humana-insured patients through collaboration with healthcare systems and providers.

Dr. Changamire joins Humana from the Greenville Health System in South Carolina, where he was medical director at the Center for Family Medicine, as well as the director of physician leadership development at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He has served as a professor of family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. Dr. Changamire also has experience with large corporations and public sector institutions as a consultant with Bain and Company and the World Bank.

A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe (M.D.), Harvard University (Ph.D.) and Stanford University (MBA), Dr. Changamire completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He serves as a board director for a global health nonprofit organization that provides accessible and affordable healthcare in developing countries.

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Jonas de Souza, M.D., MBA

Medical oncologist Jonas de Souza, M.D., MBA, joined Humana in July 2017 after an academic career at the University of Chicago.

Originally from Brazil, Dr. de Souza is a graduate of the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, moving to the United States in 2005 to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas, Houston, McGovern Medical School. Dr. de Souza then pursued a medical oncology fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he served as an assistant professor of medicine until 2017. While in Chicago, Dr. de Souza earned an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

As a physician, Dr. de Souza focused on treating patients with head/neck and thyroid malignancies, leading several clinical trials. In his research role, he devoted himself to the study of value in healthcare, particularly the concept of financial toxicity—the financial burden patients face in order to be treated. Dr. de Souza developed the only validated patient-reported outcome measure to assess financial toxicity and was the creator of the Cost of Cancer Care portal.

Dr. de Souza was an early advocate for value-based reimbursement models and personalized value in oncology. He has written several peer-reviewed articles about this topic, and his work has been widely mentioned in the media, including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

As a strong advocate for decreasing healthcare costs, outside of work, Dr. de Souza serves as a board member of the Patient Access Network Foundation and the Value in Cancer Care Consortium.

In his spare time, Dr. de Souza enjoys spending time with his wife, Malisa, and daughter, Juliana, and exploring all Louisville, Kentucky, has to offer.

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Jonas de Souza, M.D., MBA

Medical oncologist Jonas de Souza, M.D., MBA, joined Humana in July 2017 after an academic career at the University of Chicago.

Originally from Brazil, Dr. de Souza is a graduate of the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, moving to the United States in 2005 to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas, Houston, McGovern Medical School. Dr. de Souza then pursued a medical oncology fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he served as an assistant professor of medicine until 2017. While in Chicago, Dr. de Souza earned an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

As a physician, Dr. de Souza focused on treating patients with head/neck and thyroid malignancies, leading several clinical trials. In his research role, he devoted himself to the study of value in healthcare, particularly the concept of financial toxicity—the financial burden patients face in order to be treated. Dr. de Souza developed the only validated patient-reported outcome measure to assess financial toxicity and was the creator of the Cost of Cancer Care portal.

Dr. de Souza was an early advocate for value-based reimbursement models and personalized value in oncology. He has written several peer-reviewed articles about this topic, and his work has been widely mentioned in the media, including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

As a strong advocate for decreasing healthcare costs, outside of work, Dr. de Souza serves as a board member of the Patient Access Network Foundation and the Value in Cancer Care Consortium.

In his spare time, Dr. de Souza enjoys spending time with his wife, Malisa, and daughter, Juliana, and exploring all Louisville, Kentucky, has to offer.

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Adrienne McFadden, M.D., J.D.

Adrienne McFadden, M.D., J.D., has diverse professional experience that includes clinical, administrative, academic and public health leadership. Dr. McFadden specializes in population health and health equity. She has dedicated much of her career to promoting opportunities for improved health in disadvantaged communities.

Prior to joining Humana, Dr. McFadden was the director of health equity at the Virginia Department of Health. She served as a senior adviser to the state commissioner of health, overseeing minority health, rural health and primary care. Dr. McFadden’s work addressed social and economic policies and practices that created barriers to health—engaging and empowering communities, using data to inform policy and educating stakeholders and communities about social justice.

Dr. McFadden also served as the inaugural medical director and faculty member at the South University Physician Assistant Program in Richmond, Virginia. She drew from her medical, public health and legal experience to provide a full-spectrum perspective of health and healthcare for the university’s physician assistant and health sciences programs.

Prior to working in public health, Dr. McFadden practiced emergency medicine in a variety of settings, including large urban academic centers, private suburban community hospitals, small rural hospitals, and free-standing emergency departments. She also acquired a variety of legal experience in both the public and private sectors.

A native of Maryland, Dr. McFadden completed her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and earned medical and law degrees from Duke University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Maryland.

Dr. McFadden is board-certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine.

She spends the majority of her spare time enjoying the company of loved ones and traveling to jazz music festivals.

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Adrienne McFadden, M.D., J.D.

Adrienne McFadden, M.D., J.D., has diverse professional experience that includes clinical, administrative, academic and public health leadership. Dr. McFadden specializes in population health and health equity. She has dedicated much of her career to promoting opportunities for improved health in disadvantaged communities.

Prior to joining Humana, Dr. McFadden was the director of health equity at the Virginia Department of Health. She served as a senior adviser to the state commissioner of health, overseeing minority health, rural health and primary care. Dr. McFadden’s work addressed social and economic policies and practices that created barriers to health—engaging and empowering communities, using data to inform policy and educating stakeholders and communities about social justice.

Dr. McFadden also served as the inaugural medical director and faculty member at the South University Physician Assistant Program in Richmond, Virginia. She drew from her medical, public health and legal experience to provide a full-spectrum perspective of health and healthcare for the university’s physician assistant and health sciences programs.

Prior to working in public health, Dr. McFadden practiced emergency medicine in a variety of settings, including large urban academic centers, private suburban community hospitals, small rural hospitals, and free-standing emergency departments. She also acquired a variety of legal experience in both the public and private sectors.

A native of Maryland, Dr. McFadden completed her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and earned medical and law degrees from Duke University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Maryland.

Dr. McFadden is board-certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine.

She spends the majority of her spare time enjoying the company of loved ones and traveling to jazz music festivals.

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Dariusz Mydlarz, M.D., M.P.H.

Dariusz Mydlarz, M.D., M.P.H., has diverse professional experience that encompasses both military and civilian settings, including clinical and executive management in preventive and occupational medicine, population health, healthcare analytics and health systems. He hopes to leverage innovative population health methods and his health systems experience to drive growth and enhance value for Humana-covered patients and their physicians through improved clinical outcomes.

Prior to joining Humana, Dr. Mydlarz served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He directed Army National Guard preventive and occupational medicine programs for 54 states and territories at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. His efforts focused on developing a comprehensive Army National Guard web and social media-based health promotion program for injury and illness prevention and health-risk reduction. During his tenure, Dr. Mydlarz also pivoted the Army National Guard’s national medical surveillance program toward a more evidence-based and occupational-hazard-driven approach. He experienced firsthand the intricacies of a complex, nationwide healthcare system and the inherent challenges and opportunities it presents.

Previously, Dr. Mydlarz served as a medical director in primary care settings in central Indiana and Baltimore. He focused on patient engagement, value-based primary care delivery, continuous clinical quality improvement and established chronic disease management programs.

Dr. Mydlarz is board-certified in both preventive and occupational environmental medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, completed preventive medicine training at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C., and completed his occupational and environmental medicine training at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he earned an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Mydlarz and his wife, Kara, spend much of their spare time with their active, jolly and ever-inquisitive twin sons, Griffin and Colin. His other two sons, Anthony and Alexander live in Maryland. He also enjoys sports and fitness, music, creative writing, theater and travel.

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Dariusz Mydlarz, M.D., M.P.H.

Dariusz Mydlarz, M.D., M.P.H., has diverse professional experience that encompasses both military and civilian settings, including clinical and executive management in preventive and occupational medicine, population health, healthcare analytics and health systems. He hopes to leverage innovative population health methods and his health systems experience to drive growth and enhance value for Humana-covered patients and their physicians through improved clinical outcomes.

Prior to joining Humana, Dr. Mydlarz served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He directed Army National Guard preventive and occupational medicine programs for 54 states and territories at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. His efforts focused on developing a comprehensive Army National Guard web and social media-based health promotion program for injury and illness prevention and health-risk reduction. During his tenure, Dr. Mydlarz also pivoted the Army National Guard’s national medical surveillance program toward a more evidence-based and occupational-hazard-driven approach. He experienced firsthand the intricacies of a complex, nationwide healthcare system and the inherent challenges and opportunities it presents.

Previously, Dr. Mydlarz served as a medical director in primary care settings in central Indiana and Baltimore. He focused on patient engagement, value-based primary care delivery, continuous clinical quality improvement and established chronic disease management programs.

Dr. Mydlarz is board-certified in both preventive and occupational environmental medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, completed preventive medicine training at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C., and completed his occupational and environmental medicine training at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he earned an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Mydlarz and his wife, Kara, spend much of their spare time with their active, jolly and ever-inquisitive twin sons, Griffin and Colin. His other two sons, Anthony and Alexander live in Maryland. He also enjoys sports and fitness, music, creative writing, theater and travel.

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Meredith Williams McKiernan, M.D., MBA

“The Executive Physician Immersion Program was essential in my successful transition from full-time clinical practice to leadership within Humana. The insurance industry is complex and evolving. The program provided me the dedicated mentorship, deep project emersion and breadth of experience needed for success. Physicians and health plans have to work together ever more closely as population health and outcomes-based care continues to grow. Humana had the vision to see how a cohort of physicians with deep business knowledge will position it, and the program participants, for future success.”

Meredith Williams, M.D., MBA, graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in history and then received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine and her MBA from Rice University. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago prior to joining Humana’s Executive Physician Immersion Program.

Upon program completion, Dr. Williams McKiernan stayed with Humana as a field vice president for provider network in Kentucky and West Virginia. She is now the lead medical director for the Care Decisions Insights program, overseeing 22 states in the northern U.S. The program partners closely with physicians and hospitals, using data to identify opportunities to improve value in healthcare through reducing cost and improving quality.

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Meredith Williams McKiernan, M.D., MBA

“The Executive Physician Immersion Program was essential in my successful transition from full-time clinical practice to leadership within Humana. The insurance industry is complex and evolving. The program provided me the dedicated mentorship, deep project emersion and breadth of experience needed for success. Physicians and health plans have to work together ever more closely as population health and outcomes-based care continues to grow. Humana had the vision to see how a cohort of physicians with deep business knowledge will position it, and the program participants, for future success.”

Meredith Williams, M.D., MBA, graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in history and then received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine and her MBA from Rice University. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago prior to joining Humana’s Executive Physician Immersion Program.

Upon program completion, Dr. Williams McKiernan stayed with Humana as a field vice president for provider network in Kentucky and West Virginia. She is now the lead medical director for the Care Decisions Insights program, overseeing 22 states in the northern U.S. The program partners closely with physicians and hospitals, using data to identify opportunities to improve value in healthcare through reducing cost and improving quality.

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Interested in the program?

Program cohorts are selected once a year and begin the program in August. The program recruiting cycle begins in November of the prior year and runs through January.

To talk to a program representative or submit your CV for consideration for the next cohort, email us