The Arkansas Health Network has named a new chief medical officer and vice president.
Shahid Shafi, M.D., will be joining the physician-led network as its chief medical officer, where he will be charged with overseeing clinical quality improvement and medical guidelines. In addition, he will support the AHN’s strategic initiatives.
“Dr. Shafi brings a wide breadth of expertise to our value-based approach to healthcare as AHN partners with healthcare providers, employers and insurers to improve patient health while lowering costs,” AHN President Bob Sarkar said. “His experience will be invaluable as we further develop those collaborations to build a healthier and happier workforce in Arkansas.”
Prior to joining AHN, Shafi was employed at Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance ACO in Dallas, Texas as medical director and served as CEO for the Surgical Group of North Texas. He was also the medical director for trauma surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Shafi obtained a medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and completed a trauma surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in business from Southern Methodist University.
According to figures provided by AHN, the network services 95,000 patients throughout the state and manages approximately 2,000 providers.