About Dr. Esguerra
An experienced health care leader, Chris Esguerra, MD, MBA, CHCQM has worked in health care provider and systems leadership, managed care, case management, utilization management, quality, and pharmacy. His work also addressed health care and health plan operations alongside compliance with Medicare, Medi-Cal, and Knox Keene lines of business. 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 at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services called Total Wellness, 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. At Health Plan of San Mateo, he facilitated the 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 helped provider organizations enhance their care delivery strategy and shaped strategic growth. He has also helped other organizations evolve their capabilities in identifying social determinants of health as they interact with physical and behavioral health conditions to better target and improve services and interventions.
Dr. Esguerra is board certified in both Psychiatry and Health Care and Quality Management and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. 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