• President and CEO

    Dr. Agrawal Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Quality Forum (NQF). A board-certified emergency medicine physician who has worked in both academic and community settings, Dr. Agrawal is the former Deputy Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Director of one of its largest centers, the Center for Program Integrity (CPI).

    At CMS, Dr. Agrawal led an effort to improve the physician experience with Medicare. He also was one of the main architects of CMS’s strategy and action plan to address the national opioid epidemic. His main focus at CPI was lowering the cost of care through the detection and prevention of waste, abuse, and fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. From 2012 through 2016, CPI’s prevention efforts saved Medicare and Medicaid over $50 billion.

    Dr. Agrawal previously served as CPI’s Chief Medical Officer and was instrumental in launching new initiatives in data transparency and analytics, utilization management, assessment of novel payment models, and stewarding a major public-private partnership between CMS and private payers, the Health Care Fraud Prevention Partnership.

    In addition to leading NQF, Dr. Agrawal serves on the board of the Grameen Foundation, the Presidential Advisory Council of Brown University’s School of Public Health, and the editorial board of the journal, Population Health Management. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and an Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Agrawal has testified numerous times before Congress and is a frequent national speaker on healthcare quality and value. He is a well-published author with articles in Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine, among others. He has served on numerous national committees, including for the Veterans Administration, National Academy of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Dr. Agrawal completed his undergraduate education at Brown University, medical education at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and clinical training in Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has a master’s degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.