The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.

Richard Popiel, M.D.

Executive Vice President, Health Care Services, and Chief Medical Officer

Regence BlueCross BlueShield

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Areas of Expertise

  • Provider Partnerships
  • Future of Health Plans


  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  • George Washington University


Dr. Richard Popiel leads medical strategy for all Regence BCBS health insurance plans and provides executive leadership care initiatives and cost management.

He came to Regence BCBS from Horizon Healthcare Innovations, a Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey company, where he was president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, he served as vice president/senior medical director for The Permanente Company.

Professional activities include chairing the National Council of Physician and Pharmacy Executives, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association council comprising chief medical and chief pharmacy officers, leading the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Group at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and serving on the AHIP board of directors.

His philanthropic activities include board membership for the George Washington University Alumni, where he has also been honored as an Outstanding Alumnus.

Popiel earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and his medical degree at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He is board-certified in internal medicine.