Dr. Sherif Abdou has focused his 30-year career on managing and leading the transformation of the health care delivery system throughout the United States. A highly respected healthcare professional known for his forward-thinking efforts in business strategy development, patient care and network expansion, he currently leads the patient-centered, physician led and population health focused healthcare company he co-founded in 2015.
Dr. Abdou guides all aspects of company operations, reducing costs and improving medical outcomes through data-driven strategies. Regarded as a pioneer in coordinated care, Dr. Abdou has successfully integrated specialty providers into primary care networks while improving physician engagement, creating a winning culture, and developing financial models to incentivize patient-focused objectives.
As part of a 15-month P3 consulting agreement, Dr. Abdou led Ascension Medical Group as its CEO where he transformed a disparate hospital-owned physician group with 7,500 physicians in 23 states into a high-performing medical group. He fostered a culture of excellence dedicated to successful health outcomes through improved care experiences for both physicians and patients, while conserving costs.
Dr. Abdou held various leadership positions with DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc. (NYSE: DVA). where he developed and led HealthCare Partners Nevada (HCPNV) where he facilitated expanded the five-clinic group to a comprehensive organization with 52 medical clinics, more than 1,700 specialists, and 310 primary care providers serving 300,000 patients each year. He guided the organization’s efforts to expand its Medicare Advantage population by nearly 700 percent from 2006 to 2014. He also led the company’s strategic acquisitions while improving quality metrics and earning a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In his role as Desert Region President for DaVita HealthCare Partners, he formulated in-depth strategies to expand the company’s commercial and Medicare patient populations in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.
In 1999, Dr. Abdou founded Summit Medical Group, where he developed an innovative, coordinated approach to health care in Southern Nevada. He successfully guided the company through an acquisition to become Pinnacle Health System, which later became HCPNV. During his tenure as the President of Physician IPA, he formed the Inpatient Physicians Network, the first organized hospitalist company in the state of Nevada, and secured the nation’s first population health capitated contract for hospitalists. P5 became the nation’s second-largest third-party administrator under his presidency.
Prior to leading these prominent medical organizations, Dr. Abdou worked as a hospitalist and primary care physician for Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas. He also served as a clinical research fellow at the University of Southern California.
He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Mansoura University School of Medicine, later completing an internship at the institution. He also completed an internship in internal medicine and a hospital residency at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Dr. Abdou was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1995 and completed his master’s degree in medical management from the University of Southern California in 2003. He is a member of Cigna’s Accountable Care Organization National Council and the Nevada Association of Managed Care Physicians. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives.