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Executive Biographies


Richard A. Barasch, Chairman and CEO

Richard A. Barasch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal American, a publicly traded, Fortune 500 Company, that offers a broad array of health insurance and managed care products and services, primarily to the growing senior population.  Mr. Barasch is chairman of The Friends of the Bronx Leadership Academy, a member of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College and a director of Horace Mann Summer on the Hill. Mr. Barasch, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Gary Jacobs, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Gary Jacobs joined Universal American in 2000 when CHCS Services was acquired. Prior to founding CHCS Services, Inc., Mr. Jacobs was the executive director of Staff Builders Health Care Services, a Medicare-certified home health agency. Earlier, he was president of HMI, a national HMO management and consulting firm. Mr. Jacobs serves on the Board of the Coral Springs Museum of Art as well as on the Business Advisory Board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. He holds a B. A. in political science from Boston University and a master's in public administration from American University.

Theodore M. Carpenter, Jr., President and CEO of Medicare Advantage Division

Theodore M. Carpenter, Jr. has served as President and CEO of Universal American’s Medicare Advantage Division since 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Carpenter was the Executive Vice President of Heritage Health Systems from 1999-2005. Earlier, from 1993-1998, Mr. Carpenter served as President and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of North Carolina, from 1993-1998 and from 1988 to 1992 he was Vice President of Operations for Kaiser's Northwest Region. Mr. Carpenter holds a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an M.S. in Health Services Administration from Harvard University.

John Wardle, President, Medicare Part D

John Wardle has served as President of Universal American’s Part D Division since March 2008.  Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Medicare Part D at CVS Caremark from 2007-2008.  Earlier he was COO of Innovative Clinical Solutions, a healthcare services organization operating in 28 states, and from 1994-1999 he was Senior Vice President of United HealthCare of New England.  Mr. Wardle holds a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. in Health Service Administration from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA -Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President

Patricia R. Salber, MD, MBA is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Universal American.  In that capacity, she oversees quality improvement, pharmacy management, and disease management for Universal American’s Medicare Advantage health plans.  Prior to joining Universal American, Dr. Salber was an independent health care consultant and principal in PRS Strategic Healthcare Consulting.  She provided clinical expertise to health plans and other clients that want to optimize process efficiency and clinical outcomes for populations with a high burden of chronic illness. Dr. Salber holds an M.D. from the University of California San Francisco.  She earned an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.  She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Physicians.

Robert M. Hayes, Senior Vice President for Health Quality

Robert Hayes, an attorney, has served as Universal American’s Senior Vice President for Health Quality since early 2009. Previously, he was President and General Counsel of the Medicare Rights Center. Mr. Hayes led the National and New York Coalitions for the Homeless from 1979 to 1989, and has practiced law with firms in New York and Maine, including Sullivan & Cromwell and O'Melveny & Myers. Mr. Hayes is a MacArthur Foundation fellow, has received honorary degrees from 10 colleges and universities, and has served as a member of the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System since 2005. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.

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