Dr. Cheryl Pegus brings broad expertise to the challenge of building a strong health plan while helping Cambia become the transformative health solutions company our Cause demands. She blends end-to-end accountability for Cambia’s consumer health solutions platform with leadership of Cambia’s Health Care Services division, ensuring the long-term alignment of the two functions. As the human services platform leader, she is responsible for growing the business with Sales, overseeing financial performance, continuing focus on consumers and innovation of the product. In leading medical strategy for Cambia’s enterprise and regional health plan business, she oversees medical, pharmacy and network activities, as well as cost stewardship programs; a nationally recognized leader in using data-driven solutions to improve community health by increasing access to services.
A trained cardiologist, Cheryl brings more than 25 years of clinical practice and operational business experience to the company, along with care and compassion for those we serve. She’s recognized as a leader for her extensive work across health care domains in using data-driven solutions to improve community health by increasing access to services. Her career includes a rich mix of clinical, pharmaceutical and health plan experience – with innovation as the common thread throughout her career.
Prior to joining Cambia, she served as President of Caluent, a health care data analytics company and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. Prior to that, she led the expansion of Walgreen Co.’s health care services, product launches, and data analytics as their first chief medical officer. Dr. Pegus served as Aetna’s head of Clinical Products and as general manager and chief medical officer with SymCare Personalized Health Solutions, a diabetes care management company. Early in her career, she acted as medical director for the Cardiovascular Risk Factors Group at Pfizer.
Cheryl also serves as board chair for the Association of Black Cardiologists, and as a board member with Tactile Medical, US Acute Care Solutions and the Care Continuum Alliance. She is co-chair of A New Beat, an educational initiative advocating for women and minorities as leaders in cardiology. She is an American Heart Association Founder’s Affiliate, past Chair of the PCORI’s Health Delivery and Disparities Research Advisory Panel, and past board member with the Care Continuum Alliance and Aetna Foundation.
Dr. Pegus received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Her medical doctorate is from Weill Cornell Medical College, and she has a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.