Dr. Cyrus Batheja is the National Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Health Equity and Enterprise Transformation within UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealthcare serves approximately 45 million members including 20 million Medicaid and Medicare members.
As part of the leadership team, Dr. Batheja has a direct focus on building strategies and programs aimed at supporting people with physical, behavioral, social, and safety complexities. His work is focused on achieving system improvement and equity through the design, execution, and measurement of person-centered wellness strategies at scale. He supports the development, execution, and measurement of programs aimed at helping individuals and families access essential social services that are the gateway to better health. His work has demonstrated that relationship-based health care results in cost reduction, population health improvement, and meaningful system-based experiences. Dr. Batheja has 20+ years of experience in managed care and Medicaid/Medicare Home and Community Based Services. The application of his research and experience has been particularly focused on developing fully integrated, biopsychosocial models to support historically marginalized populations.
Dr. Batheja earned his ADN from Normandale College, his BSN and MBA from Augsburg University, and his Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas. As a community leader, in 2016, he was inducted into the University of Minnesota’s, Sigma, Zeta Chapter. He currently serves on several academic and healthcare boards, including: the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing, Dean’s Board of Visitors; Normandale College’s Foundation Board; the Augsburg University’s Board of Regents; Hennepin Healthcare’s Public Research Advisory Board (PRAB); and the board of the Creative Nursing Journal, an international peer-reviewed publication. He has received the 2019 UnitedHealth Group Sage of Clinical Service Award, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine 2013 award in Administrative Nursing Leadership, and he is a 2012 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year. In addition, Dr. Batheja is a 2021 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.