CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has named Dr. Suzanne Baker to the post of senior medical director for special programs.

In her new role, Baker will be primarily responsible for the medical oversight of the development and implementation of disease management programs consistent with the needs of the TennCare program. She will also have responsibilities for network development and maintenance, population analysis and regulatory compliance.

Baker will report directly to Dr. Steve Coulter, senior vice president and chief medical officer.

For the past three years, Baker has served as a regional medical director for BlueCross. In this position she functioned as a liaison with the provider community and oversaw the review and processing of provider appeals.

Before joining BlueCross in 2001, Baker served as president, chief manager and clinician of the Complete Health Care Center, MPLLC in Memphis, Tenn.

Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a doctorate of medicine from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Executives, the Bluff Medical Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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.