Debra L. Esser, MD, will join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) on January 19 as vice president, medical policy and quality medical director.
“Dr. Esser’s wealth of experience will complement our drive to positively impact the lives of our members across the state through programs and services focused on improving quality care," said Joann Schaefer, MD, BCBSNE’s chief medical officer.
Dr. Esser will serve on the BCBSNE leadership team with responsibility for medical policy and medical review and strategic oversight of quality management programs.
She previously served as chief medical officer for Aetna Better Health of Nebraska. Prior to that, Dr. Esser held leadership positions at Coventry Health Care Nebraska/Iowa, Omaha’s Physicians Clinic, Methodist Hospital and UnitedHealthcare Nebraska/Iowa.
She currently serves as president of the Metro Omaha Medical Society and is a member of Live Well Omaha and Hope Medical boards as well as Senator Gloor’s Patient Centered Medical Home Steering Committee.
She completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Omaha/Lincoln and her family practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She earned a master’s in medical management from Tulane University.