Dr. Richard Popiel
Executive Vice President, Health Care Services and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Richard Popiel leads medical strategy for all Regence health insurance plans and provides executive leadership on care initiatives and cost management.
He comes to Regence in from Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey company, where he was president and chief operating officer. Dr. Popiel also served as vice president and chief medical officer at Horizon, where he worked since 2000. He also served as vice president/senior medical director for The Permenante Company.
Professional activities include chairing the National Council of Physician and Pharmacy Executives, a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association council comprised of chief medical and chief pharmacy officers, and leading the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Group at America's Health Insurance Plans.
Dr. Popiel earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees and a Doctor of Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also holds a master of business administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He is board-certified in internal medicine.
His philanthropic activities include board membership with the American Cancer Society.