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Venkat Prasad

Chief Medical Officer Population Health and Physician Services

Venkat Prasad

Lee Physician Group, physician services and the service lines of oncology, neurosciences, primary care and Heart & Vascular Institute service lines; development of value-based care models

Dr. Prasad joined Lee Health in 2017 as the Chief Medical officer for Lee Physician Group (LPG). In that role, he was responsible for the overall effectiveness and strategic growth of LPG in a dyad partnership with the LPG Chief Administrative Officer. Under his direction were all LPG physician practices and its employed physicians. He was promoted to his current position in 2020.

Dr. Prasad was instrumental in the development of Lee Health’s Complex Care Center, an innovative alternative care site that helps patients avoid the emergency room or readmission through the support of a team of professionals who provide treatment, oversight of care, education and support for patients with limited resources.

A strong supporter of physician development, Prasad brought the AAPL physician leadership program to Lee Health. This series of courses are aimed at transforming the way physicians deliver care in today's dynamic environment and helps establish a culture of physician engagement and integration to deliver top-notch care with maximum productivity.

Recognizing the need to acknowledge physicians for their work in an ever-changing health care environment, and understanding the pressure of practicing medicine today, Prasad developed a physician appreciation committee and a physician resiliency committee. He also started a physician compensation advisory committee to aid physician understanding and acceptance of value-based compensation models and a QI peer review process.

Prasad has served as the medical director of Best Care Collaborative, a CMS NextGen Accountable Care Organization, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lee Health. BCC achieved $15.7 million in shared savings in its first year of performance in 2018.

Prior to joining Lee Health, Prasad was the Senior Medical Director at UNC Physicians Network in Morrisville, NC. In that role, he was responsible for all clinical functions, aligning strategic objectives with resources to advance a collaborative and integrated network.

Prasad has been honored with more than a dozen awards, most importantly, the Roger Schenke 2017 award by the American Association for Physician Leadership recognizing an individual who demonstrates exceptional vision and innovation in physician leadership education. Other recognitions have been for innovation and community service.

He is a frequent presenter at medical conferences and has been published numerous times on the topics around clinical practices and physician development.