About Dr. Esguerra
An experienced health care leader, Chris Esguerra, MD, MBA, CHCQM has led systems transformation, process optimization, and programs and partnerships leading to outcomes meeting the quadruple aim of improving health, cost effectiveness, enhancing patient experience, and supporting provider well-being. His experience encompasses health care provider and systems leadership, managed care, novel payment models, public-private partnerships, and health care transformation. His work also includes advising organizations and government entities on strategy, policy, and operations. He has led significant efforts around integration of care, addressing social determinants of health, and helping people remain and age in the community with appropriate long terms services and supports. He led the primary and behavioral health care integration work, addressing not only primary and behavioral health care for those with serious mental illness, but also establishing peer supports, addressing nutrition, enhancing social connectedness, and improving physical activity in this cohort. He facilitated an effort to transition institutionalized members into the community with a combination of intensive case management, housing services and support, government services support, and community based services. This effort included addressing nutrition, housing, social connectedness, independent living skills support, in home support services needs, and promoting self management in addition to strong primary care supported by strong care coordination. He has served on a National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee on incorporating social needs care into health care with recommendations to be released in the Fall of 2019.
Dr. Esguerra is board certified in both Psychiatry and Health Care and Quality Management and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He attended the University of Southern California as both an undergraduate (B.S. Chemistry) and for medical school. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He also received his MBA in business management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Education and Training
- Undergraduate: University of Southern California
- Medical School: Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California
- Residency Training: San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Psychiatry Residency Program
- MBA: University of Massachusetts, at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management