Chief Medical Officer, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
Stephen Cha, MD, MHS is the current Chief Medical Officer for the Center on Medicaid and CHIP Services and provides clinical input and guidance for the health coverage for nearly 60 million people who are served by these programs. Dr. Cha also promotes health transformation and modernization of the Medicaid and CHIP programs through delivery and payment reforms, and quality initiatives.
Previously, he served as senior professional staff for the Committee on Energy and Commerce under Chairman Henry A. Waxman and was responsible for a broad set of health issues including quality, delivery system reform, workforce, comparative effectiveness research, drug and device regulation, and public health. During his tenure with Mr. Waxman he oversaw the drafting of multiple pieces of legislation, including sections of the Affordable Care Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007.
He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Yale University School of Medicine and earned a masters degree in health sciences research there. During this time he authored papers on quality of care, and the impact of regulatory policies on health care delivery. Dr. Cha earned his medical degree from Brown University and completed his internal medicine residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, where he also served as chief resident. He is board certified in internal medicine and is a practicing primary care clinician.