Startup Insurer Oscar Hires Neurosurgeon as Top Medical Officer

Oscar Insurance Corp., the health startup backed by Silicon Valley investors, hired Shaden Marzouk, a neurosurgeon and U.S. Army veteran, to be its new chief medical officer.

Marzouk, 45, starts Monday at New York-based Oscar, the company said in a blog post. She replaces Aran Ron. Marzouk was most recently senior vice president of clinical operations at Cardinal Health Inc., which distributes medical products.

Dr. Shaden Marzouk
Dr. Shaden Marzouk
Source: Oscar Insurance Corp.

Marzouk “is a creative and yet deeply scientific thinker,” Oscar Chief Executive Officer Mario Schlosser said in the blog post. She races cars in her spare time, Schlosser said.

Oscar sells insurance to individuals in the new markets created by the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health-care overhaul also known as Obamacare. After taking losses, the company is ending sales in two regions as it focuses on a strategy of selling health plans that are more tightly integrated with a limited network of hospitals and doctors. As chief medical officer, Marzouk will oversee Oscar’s efforts to improve the care delivered to its members.

Marzouk worked as a surgeon in the U.S. Army, serving in Iraq, before earning an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She went to work at Cardinal in 2012, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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