Seth Serxner

Former Chief Health Officer and SVP Population Health; Optum

Seth Serxner brings the breadth of his experience in academia, industry and consulting to serve the market. Currently an independent consultant, he formerly served as the chief health officer and senior vice president of population health for Optum. His versatile skill set ensures processes and outcomes that improve
health for clients in all markets.

Seth’s deep knowledge of behavior change, population health and wellbeing, social determinants of health and measurement allow him to visualize and deliver on program innovation. He has more than 30 years of experience in health and productivity management and has published more than 50 articles and chapters.

Prior to his Optum role Seth came from Mercer’s Total Health Management specialty, where he served as partner and senior consultant for nine years. During his tenure there he established himself as a national expert on behavior change, program design and measurement. He spent a decade each in academia and private industry before becoming a consultant. He was vice president of research at StayWell, where he established the industry-leading market research program for developing and marketing consumer health materials and programs.

He has held academic positions with the University of Hawaii Medical School, the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and the University of California, Irvine. Seth earned a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, where his research focused on health promotion and disease prevention in the school of social ecology.

He was formerly on the Board of Directors of HERO (ex-chairman) as well as the lead for the organization’s research strategy. He was also a board member of the Business Group on Health Institute of Innovation and Workforce Wellbeing, executive committee member and is the vice president of the C. Everett Koop Health Project. He is a reviewer for academic journals such as the American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Health Affairs.

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