Dr. Rodney C. Armstead is a dedicated health care professional committed to driving highest quality and cost effective health care to all Americans. He is currently a Principal at Armstead & Esslinger Health Consultants, LLC, focusing on strategy, operations & automation, integration of clinical & care solutions for physical, behavioral, pharmacy & social needs for Medicaid; Aged, Blind & Disabled (ABD), Fully Integrated Dual-Eligibles—FIDE (Medicare & Medicaid); subsidized expansion; Long Term Services & Support (LTSS); and institutional populations.
He was most recently the Executive Vice President for Complex Population Management at Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company. Dr. Armstead worked to deliver integrated, intelligent solutions that work to modernize the health care system and improve overall individual and population health. He led Optum’s business unit responsible for transforming health care for the most medically complex patients by providing provider-led, patient-centric care and care management in the most clinically appropriate setting to the most vulnerable populations, including those with multiple chronic conditions and those facing serious illness.
Prior to that, Dr. Armstead led Optum’s Relationship Office supporting UnitedHealthcare’s initiatives to ensure operational excellence for closer collaboration and strategic alignment to enable mutual growth within UnitedHealth Group. Prior to joining Optum, Dr. Armstead was President of Northeast Region Plan Operations for UnitedHealthcare, Community & State, a business unit of UnitedHealth Group. Dr. Armstead, a board certified general internist, was appointed the first Director, Office of Managed Care, HCFA, Department of Health & Human Services in the Clinton Administration. He was Executive Vice President & Chief Health Officer for the Watts Health Foundation in Los Angeles prior to joining UnitedHealthcare. He also served as the Senior Vice President of the Western Region Plan Operations prior to his current executive role.
Dr. Armstead is very active in the community and volunteers his time promoting education. He is a trustee for the Stanford Center on Longevity in Palo Alto, California, as well as the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Phoenix campus.
Dr. Armstead received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, and his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and a fellow of the American College of Physicians