Alice Hm Chen, M.D., M.P.H., is the chief medical officer at Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace. She is responsible for health care strategy focused on quality, equity, and delivery system transformation. Prior to this role, Dr. Chen served as deputy secretary for policy and planning and chief of clinical affairs for the California Health and Human Services Agency, where she led many of the Newsom administration’s signature health policy initiatives on affordability and access and played a leadership role in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served as chief integration officer for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and founding director of the eConsult program before becoming inaugural chief medical officer and deputy director for the San Francisco Health Network, the city’s $2 billion-a-year publicly funded integrated delivery system.
As a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Chen has published extensively, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. She currently serves on the Harvard University Board of Overseers and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. A graduate of Yale University, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Chen’s training includes a primary care internal medicine residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is proficient in Mandarin and Spanish and maintains an active primary care practice at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.