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BlueCross BlueShield Announces Leadership Promotions

May 21, 2020

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York President and CEO David W. Anderson today announced the promotion of Michael Edbauer, D.O., to executive vice president, chief strategy and growth officer and Thomas Schenk, M.D., to executive vice president, chief medical officer.

“Dr. Michael Edbauer and Dr. Thomas Schenk’s promotions were approved early in the first quarter as part of BlueCross BlueShield’s strategy to enhance our members’ experience through innovative, cost-effective and quality health care solutions. Though this formal announcement comes at a time of uncertainty, it reflects our continued commitment to serve our one million members and 2,000 employees, as we have for the past 80 years,” said Anderson. “We are counting on these tenured physicians to lead their health care, growth and strategy teams in new and even more effective ways especially during this unprecedented time.”

Michael Edbauer, D.O., to Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer

Michael Edbauer D.O., has been promoted to executive vice president, chief strategy and growth officer. In this role, he will guide the company's strategy on growth, sales, and differentiation to enhance the member experience through innovative health care solutions. He also leads the development and implementation of corporate strategic initiatives that position the company for long-term stability and success.

Edbauer joined BlueCross BlueShield in 2018 and most recently served as senior vice president, chief strategy officer. He previously served as president and CEO of Catholic Medical Partners (CMP) and president of Trinity Medical.

Edbauer holds a doctor of osteopathic medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master's degree in business administration from Canisius College, and a bachelor's degree in science from the University at Buffalo.

Edbauer serves on the board of directors for Canisius College Medical Advisory Board and The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.

Thomas Schenk, M.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Thomas Schenk, M.D., has been promoted to executive vice president, chief medical officer. In this role, he will continue to provide operational oversight and leadership of BlueCross BlueShield’s clinical strategy, network and medical management infrastructure and all medical affairs requirements, to ensure high-quality, efficient and effective medical outcomes. 

Schenk joined BlueCross BlueShield in June 2014 and most recently served as senior vice president, chief medical officer. Previously, he served as managing partner at Delaware Pediatric Associates.

Schenk is a graduate of Cornell University and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Schenk completed his internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.