CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The board of directors for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has appointed Inga Himelright, M.D., as vice president and chief medical officer of its total health management division.

In this role Himelright oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of the total health management programs for BlueCross’ commercial and Medicare Advantage operations. Before being selected for this role, Himelright served BlueCross as the associate chief medical officer for two years.

“Inga has proven her extensive leadership skills and health care insight in support of our many health performance and improvement initiatives,” said Henry Smith, senior vice president of operations for BlueCross. “She has played a vital role in strengthening our medical policy development and advancing customer relationships as our medical representative. This experience will all be vital as she moves into her new role, and I feel she is extremely well suited for this position.”

Prior to her position at BlueCross, Himelright held multiple leadership roles at the University of Tennessee (UT) Medical Center in Knoxville, including vice president and medical director for the hospital.

Himelright still serves as a clinical associate professor in the department of medicine, where she’s been the recipient of the London Award for Teaching as well as a special appreciation award. Himelright received a B.A. in psychology from Stephens College. After completing medical school and residency at the University of South Florida as well as a post-graduate fellowship in the division of infectious diseases and tropical medicine, she received her Master of Public Health in hospital planning and administration as well as an MBA from UT.

Himelright is a member of the National Business Coalition on Health eValue8 Advisory Panel. She is also a member of the BlueCross Tennessee Health Foundation, the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Center for Patient Safety Advisory Council, and the Better Birth Outcomes Advisory Committee. Himelright is a member of the American Medical Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians Executives and Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, where she is a fellow.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.