Dr. Sam Ho was most recently Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealth Group’s health benefits division, and was responsible for the clinical, cost, and experience outcomes of 50 million UnitedHealthcare consumers throughout the U.S., including enrollees in commercial, Medicare, Medicaid, and military health plans.
He is nationally recognized in the areas of health policy, program innovation, and operational execution with continuously improved results. He has served on several National Academy of Medicine committees focused on improving health care in America, including aligning incentives in Medicare, and on framing Essential Health Benefits as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act reform law of 2010.
Dr. Ho previously served as the Chief Medical Officer at PacifiCare/Secure Horizons, which joined UnitedHealthcare in 2005. Additionally, he served as deputy director of health, medical director and county health officer for the San Francisco Department of Public Health from 1988-1991. In 1981, he founded the San Francisco Family Health Programs, which was a multi-disciplinary non-governmental clinic, which provided primary care services to the most underserved San Francisco neighborhood.
He has established scholarship funds to help medical students who are committed to serving underserved populations and health justice at Tufts University School of Medicine as well as to help undergraduate students to pursue social justice careers at Northwestern University. He also serves on the Tufts Board of Advisors for the School of Medicine, as well as on the Board of Visitors for his undergraduate college, Northwestern University.
A Honolulu native, Dr. Ho received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
He was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees on November 2, 2019.