Stephen L. Ondra, MD, is a member of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Guiding Committee. He serves as Senior Vice President and Enterprise Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and is responsible for the strategy and oversight of medical policies, medical management, pharmacy, and quality improvement and performance measurement programs. Previously, Dr. Ondra was Senior Vice President and CMO at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Prior to that, he was appointed by President Obama as Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and then served at the White House in the Executive Office of the President. Dr. Ondra had been a professor and Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a recognized leader in health policy, information technology, patient safety, and evidence-based medicine. His medical research led to the publication of numerous medical articles. Dr. Ondra graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and completed his doctorate at Rush Medical College. During his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he specialized in spine surgery and reconstruction in both neurosurgery and orthopedics.