Judy Zerzan-Thul, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) which administers the state’s Medicaid program and the state’s Employee and Retiree Benefits. Dr. Zerzan-Thul is a general internal medicine physician and began her career as an academic researcher at the University of Colorado. Prior to joining HCA in August 2018, Dr. Zerzan-Thul was Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing for over nine years, where she provided clinical guidance and oversaw data analytics, pharmacy, and quality. She has held leadership positions in the Medicaid Medical Director’s Network and served on a number of committees nationally, including committees for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Quality Forum, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Dr. Zerzan-Thul is a native Oregonian who received her MD from Oregon Health and Science University in 1998 and her MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1999. She completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington/Seattle VA in 2007. She was a 2008-2010 non-residential Health and Aging Policy Fellow in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia where she worked on the Affordable Care Act.