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

Trent Haywood, M.D., J.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Office of Clinical Affairs

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

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Trent Haywood

Areas of Expertise

  • Consumer-driven Healthcare
  • Clinical Innovation


  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • Loyola University
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Notre Dame


Trent Haywood, M.D., J.D., is chief medical officer for the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation's largest health insurer covering one-in-three of all Americans.

As the Association’s chief medical officer, Haywood supports the innovation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in communities around the country as they improve the choices of healthcare quality and patient safety for their members. He is responsible for the Office of Clinical Affairs, which includes the Center for Clinical Effectiveness, Center for Clinical Practices and the Center for Clinical Value. Collectively, the Office of Clinical Affairs supports opportunities between Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies and stakeholders to improve the choices of affordable, high quality healthcare provided to members.

Haywood leads the National Council of Physician Executives (NCPE), which consists of chief medical officers and chief pharmacy executives that guide the clinical direction across BCBS companies. Haywood provides clinical leadership for the 5.3 million-member Federal Employee Program (FEP). In addition, he provides clinical guidance to Blue Health Intelligence, an independent licensee of the BCBSA.

Before joining BCBSA, Haywood served as senior vice president and chief medical officer for VHA, Inc., where he developed best practices to drive quality, stimulate clinical innovation, and support pay-for-performance, and prepared for consumer-driven healthcare. Prior to joining VHA, Haywood was deputy chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where he led agency priorities including quality public reporting and value-based payment innovations.

Haywood received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency at Loyola University. Haywood also holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.