Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has named Dr. Josette Gordon-Simet as the company’s chief medical officer (CMO) effective April 1.

As CMO, Dr. Gordon-Simet leads BCBSNE’s clinical initiatives, including strategic oversight of the company’s medical policies and medical review processes, as well as population health management and equity strategies.

Dr. Gordon-Simet earned her medical degree from Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine. In addition, she is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Executive MBA program and holds a master’s degree in strategic finance from Bellevue University.

“BCBSNE is so fortunate to have Dr. Gordon-Simet on our team,” said Susan Courtney, executive vice president of operations and clinical effectiveness. “She brings with her a wealth of experience, as well as a passion for patient health equity. She will play a key role in helping us fulfill our mission to lead the way in supporting patient-focused care and to be there for our members when they need us.”

Prior to her new role as CMO, Dr. Gordon-Simet was senior medical director at BCBSNE. Previously, she was chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs for Think Whole Person Healthcare, where she directed all strategic growth, business development and clinical enhancement programs for the accountable care organization. She has also been a medical director and practicing physician with CHI Health in Omaha.

Dr. Gordon-Simet is a board member of Building Healthy Futures, a nonprofit organization focused on improving access to quality health care for underserved children in the Omaha metro area. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians.

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