William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD
Dr. Bill Winkenwerder is Chief Executive Officer and President of Highmark, a national diversified health and wellness company based in Pittsburgh, serving 34 million Americans.
Dr. Winkenwerder is one of the most influential and recognized leaders in American health care, and he is a prominent expert on the issues of national health policy and the economics of healthcare.
From 2001 to 2007, he was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs with responsibility for a $40 billion annual budget, 132,000 personnel and 9.2 million beneficiaries worldwide. Before that he served in senior leadership positions at Blue Cross of Massachusetts, Prudential Healthcare and Emory University. He also practiced primary care internal medicine.
Before joining Highmark, Dr. Winkenwerder served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Winkenwerder Company, a nationally respected healthcare consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virgina.
As a thought leader, Dr. Winkenwerder has been an advocate for preventive healthcare, evidenced-based medicine and electronic health records and has worked closely with many of America’s major employers on their health cost issues. He also brought many innovations and improved business practices to government during his tenure at the Department of Defense. Dr. Winkenwerder strongly advocates for engaging individuals and consumers in their healthcare and for improving public health. He has been an adviser to two presidential candidates and he has been a regular contributor to various news and media outlets.
A graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Winkenwerder is board certified in internal medicine and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Deeply committed to improving and reforming healthcare, he is a true visionary leader of one of the nation’s largest diversified health and wellness companies whose views are widely regarded.