Kirk Panneton, MD

Vice President, Regional Executive and Medical Director



Dr. Kirk Panneton joined BlueShield of Northeastern New York in 2013 and is the company’s vice president, regional executive and medical director.

Panneton, a respected career physician, serves as BlueShield's primary market representative in the Capital Region and is responsible for ensuring the company’s members receive high-quality, cost-effective, and appropriate health care.

Before joining BlueShield as medical director, Panneton was medical director of senior services at Capital District Physician’s Health Plan. He also served as vice president of medical affairs at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady.

Panneton graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history of science from Harvard University. He attended medical school at Boston University, and did his internship and residency at Albany Medical Center, where he was chief resident in internal medicine.

He has received many awards and honors throughout his medical career. He serves on the Board of Directors for Hixny, a regional health information organization serving the Capital Region and Northern New York State.


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