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The Health Plan names Kairis chief medical officer

WHEELING — Dr. Ed Kairis has been named chief medical officer of The Health Plan, a health maintenance organization.

Kairis will provide leadership and direction to medical directors and clinical operations and will report to Jeff Knight, president and chief operations officer.

He also will serve on the Executive Management Team.

Kairis has 15 years of managed healthcare experience. As the senior medical director for Gateway Health, he led the day-to-day operations of the medical management department with oversight of five medical directors and nine clinicians.

He has experience working with state regulators in West Virginia, in addition to developing medical policy and collaborating with colleagues to develop best practices for utilization management.

Prior to moving to managed care, Kairis worked with Medicaid recipients as an attending pediatric physician at Allegheny General Hospital.

“His experience in regulatory compliance and healthcare policy will strengthen our clinical efforts to achieve our mission of improving the health and well-being for both our Medicare and Medicaid population,” said John Wright, chairman of the board and CEO of The Health Plan.

Kairis earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and his master’s of science in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University.

He is board-certified in pediatrics and holds an unrestricted license in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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