Chief Medical Officer for Prevention – American Heart Association (AHA)
Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention and Chief of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the American Heart Association (AHA). Prior to joining AHA, from 2008 to 2013, he served as Vice President and CMO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX and from 2006 to 2008 as Director of the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH). He served as Texas Commissioner of Health from 2001 to 2006, leading the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) from 2004 to 2006 and the Texas Department of Health (TDH) from 2001 to 2004. He also served as the local public health officer in Austin-Travis County from 1994 to 1998.
Dr. Sanchez currently serves as Chair of the Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) and the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP). He co-chairs the Dallas Health and Wellness Alliance for Children. He serves on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and the National Quality Forum (NQF) Disparities Standing Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors for Trust for America’s Health and AcademyHealth. He serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow Advisory Board and on The University of Texas System Health Care Advisory Committee. From 2008 to 2012, he served as chair of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He recently served on the IOM Committee on Evaluating Approaches to Assessing Prevalence and Trends in Obesity.
He is the recipient of the 2011 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Alumni Award and the 2011Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) James E. Peavy Memorial Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Texas School Health Association (TSHA) John P. McGovern Award and the 2005 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Public Health Award. In 2004, he received the American Heart Association Louis B. Russell Memorial Award, for outstanding service in addressing healthcare disparities, by the American Heart Association.
Dr. Sanchez received an M.D. from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1988, an M.P.H. from the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in 1993. Prior to attending medical school, he attained an M.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University. He holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University. Dr. Sanchez is board certified in family medicine.