Derek Robinson, MD

Vice President & Chief Medical Officer / Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Dr. Derek J. Robinson is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), a division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). In this role, Dr. Robinson is responsible for care management operations, clinical leadership and strategic oversight in providing high value health care to more than 8 million members. Robinson is also the founding chair of the Health Equity Steering Committee, which was established to develop the health equity strategy across markets and lines of business at HCSC, the nation’s largest non-investor owned health insurance company.

As an active emergency medicine physician, executive, author, and educator, Dr. Robinson’s breadth of experience provides him with a unique perspective on the complexities of healthcare and population health. He is often sought-after for counsel and strategic insights by business executives, physician leaders, medical school administrators and expert panels.

For nearly two decades, Dr. Robinson has led community efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in undergraduate and post-graduate education at the local, state, and national level. He is a member of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion advisory committee at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Additionally, Dr. Robinson is vice-chairman of the board of trustees at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Robinson was Vice President for Enterprise Quality and Accreditation at HCSC where he was responsible for clinical quality performance, health plan accreditation, and related operations across multiple states. He previously served as a physician executive at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and is the former Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Chicago Regional Office.

Dr. Robinson is the recipient of numerous awards including Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, 40 Game Changers Under 40 – Ariel Investments, and the 2019 Leadership in Healthcare Award by National Medical Fellowships, Inc. Savoy Magazine recognized Dr. Robinson in its list of 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America. Dr. Robinson is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago where he is the 2020-21 chairman of the Young Leaders Committee.

Dr. Robinson is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and holds degrees from
Xavier University of Louisiana, Howard University College of Medicine, and the University of Chicago
Booth School of Business. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Feinberg School of Medicine – Northwestern University and the Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest.


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