Florida Blue appoints its first Black vice president of medical operations

Miami Times staff report | 2/6/2014, 9 a.m.

Dr. Jannifer Drake Harper was named the new vice president of Medical Operations and chief medical officer at Florida Blue.

Harper will be responsible for the development of the overarching clinical strategy and will serve as Florida Blue’s organizational clinical representative to many key external and internal stakeholders.

Harper also will provide oversight to Florida Blue’s clinical activities including all health care management,


Dr. Jannifer Drake Harper

wellness programs, coverage policies, pharmacy and quality initiatives, and retail health initiatives.

Prior to joining Florida Blue in 2010, Harper served as national medical director for Anthem/Wellpoint. While there, she focused on developing clinical strategies and solutions for large, national customers. She has also held leadership roles with Kaiser Permanente, as chief of medicine; CIGNA, as vice president and regional medical director; and vice president and associate chief medical officer for University Hospitals Case Medical Center of Cleveland where she was also clinical assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Throughout her career, Harper has been active in community and professional organizations. She is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the American College of Physicians, the Florida Medical Association and the Duval County Medical Society.  She also serves on the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Alumni Board and the Florida Hospital Translational Research Institute Board.

  Harper holds a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. She is also board certified in internal medicine.

Florida Blue has approximately 4 million health care members and covers 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit http://www.floridablue.com/.