(Morrisville, NC) – Alliance Health has named Mehul Mankad MD as its new Chief Medical Officer effective in October.
Currently Dr. Mankad is Chief of Psychiatry at the Durham VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at the Duke University Department of Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University and served his psychiatric residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Mankad is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the immediate past president of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association.
In his new role at Alliance Dr. Mankad will lead a clinical team of physicians, nurses and a pharmacist, reflecting the organization’s focus on its future as the manager of not just behavioral healthcare, but also physical healthcare and pharmacy services for the people it serves. He will also have oversight of Alliance’s utilization management and care coordination functions, and brings from the VA Medical Center an empathy for veterans and a keen understanding of their unique behavioral healthcare needs. The Alliance service area has one of the highest concentrations of veterans of any North Carolina behavioral health managed care organization.
“For years I’ve watched Alliance serve as a model for local management entities in our state, delivering on its promise to serve the public with quality staff and a commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Mankad. “At a time when Medicaid transformation is in full swing in North Carolina, Alliance has an opportunity to define healthcare delivery to the most vulnerable segment of our state’s population. I’m excited to join the Alliance team.”
“Alliance is pleased to take advantage of Dr. Mankad’s unique blend of experience and expertise,” said Alliance CEO Rob Robinson. “He has been a clinical leader since medical school, and under his leadership Alliance will only enhance its reputation for clinical excellence as we evolve to become operators of a Tailored Plan.”