Andrea Willis, MPH '99
Distinguished Alumna Award
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee
Andrea Willis is dedicated to the health of Tennessee’s families. As Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee, she is the standard bearer for clinical excellence and positive health outcomes, ensuring that all clinical initiatives and quality endeavors support members’ needs and contribute to the overall health and well-being of their communities. She is currently overseeing the company’s initiative to combat the opioid crisis in the state and also leads efforts to partner with churches to develop a series of health screening events.
Willis’ passion for better health and a better health care system stems from her early professional experience as a pediatrician. Within BlueCross, she has served as medical director, advising on care structures for many successful programs, including the CHOICES Long-Term Services and Support program for the state’s Medicaid population, and CoverTennessee, a low-cost insurance plan for uninsured, low-income small business workers and self-employed individuals.
Before joining BlueCross BlueShield, she served the State of Tennessee as director of CoverKids, helping develop Tennessee’s federally approved State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and served as deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health.