Alice Chen, MD

Clinical Professor
School of Medicine
1001 Potrero Ave, #001
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Education and Training

Yale University,New Haven, CT, BS - 1990 Environmental Biology

Stanford University School of Medicine,Palo Alto, CA, MD - 1996 Medicine

Brigham and Women's Hospital,Boston, MA 1999 Internal Medicine Residency

Brigham and Women's Hospital,Boston, MA 2000 Internal Medicine Chief Residency

Harvard School of Public Health,Boston, MA, MPH - 2001 Health Policy and Management

Rona Consulting Group,San Francisco, CA 2014 Lean Black Belt Certification

Awards and Honors

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1996

Arnold C. Dunne Award for Compassionate Patient Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, 1997

Annual Service Award, Emergency Room Interpreter Law Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2001

Soros Physician Advocacy Fellow, Institute on Medicine as a Profession, 2003

Richard J. Haber Excellence in Teaching Award, University of California San Francisco, SFGH Division of General Internal Medicine, 2006

Award for Innovation in Health Care Service Delivery, San Francisco Health Plan, 2007

Award for Improvement in System-Wide Care Integration, California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, 2007

John F. Murray Award for academic excellence and dedication to the humanitarian mission of SFGH, University of California San Francisco SFGH Department of Medicine, 2008

Safety Net Award for Using Health Information Technology to Advance Performance Improvement, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, 2010

Health Innovators Fellow, Aspen Institute, 2015

Annual Leadership Award, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, 2016

Invited Member, Women of Impact, 2019

Telehealth Champion of the Year, California Telehealth Policy Coalition, 2020

50 Most Influential Clinical Executives, Modern Healthcare, 2023

2023 HCC Champion, Health Career Connection, 2023
Alice Hm Chen, MD, MPH is chief health officer at Centene Corporation, a leading healthcare enterprise committed to transforming the health of the communities it serves, one person at a time. At Centene, she is responsible for implementing strategies, policies and programs that improve population health for its more than 28 million members. Her career has focused on advancing the health of under-resourced communities through patient care, teaching, policy and leadership across health systems, public health, philanthropy, academia and government.

Prior to joining Centene Dr. Chen worked for the State of California, as chief medical officer at Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, and as deputy secretary for policy and planning at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS). At Covered California she was responsible for health care strategy focused on quality, equity and delivery system transformation, and was instrumental in driving public purchaser alignment on quality, disparities and investments in primary care. At CHHS she led many of the Agency’s signature health policy initiatives on affordability and access, and played a leadership role in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of strategic reopening, hospital surge planning, equity, data analytics and therapeutics.

She previously served as chief integration officer for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and founding director of the eConsult program before becoming inaugural chief medical officer and deputy director for the San Francisco Health Network, the city’s $2 billion-a-year publicly funded integrated delivery system. A professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for fifteen years, she has published extensively, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs. Dr. Chen has served on the board of several nonprofits and foundations, and currently serves on the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

A graduate of Yale University, Stanford University Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Chen's training includes a primary care internal medicine residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is an alumna of the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Her academic appointments include clinical professor of medicine at UCSF, senior scholar at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, and affiliate faculty at UCSF’s Institute for Health Policy Studies.