Nasim Afsar


Nasim Afsar

As Chief Health Officer, Dr. Afsar is relentlessly focused on advancing the health and care of the world, through Healthy People, Healthy Workforce, and Healthy Business. She leads Product Strategy, Global Market Strategy and Entry and Third-Party Partnerships. Last year, her team delivered higher quality of care for over 2 million people (Healthy People), saved physicians and nurses nearly 200,000 hours (Healthy Workforce) and positively impacted the financial performance of clients (Healthy Business). She leads Oracle Health’s Steering Committees on AI/ML in Healthcare, Retail in Healthcare and Payers. Her team has a focus on health equity, working closely with key stakeholders globally. She also works on building the larger ecosystem of healthcare, including working closely with payers, retail, pharma, food and beverage and public health agencies.

Dr. Afsar previously served as Chief Operating Officer for UCI (University of California, Irvine) Health, with the vision of delivering flawless care for the population of patients in the region and beyond, while creating the best place to work in healthcare. At UCI Health, she led inpatient and ambulatory operations, including ambulatory care, inpatient progression efforts, clinical support services, ancillary services, public safety, building and construction, and emergency management. She led health system contracting, working closely with payers to bring new products to market. Dr. Afsar also oversaw more than 80 clinics and the UCI Health Patient Access Center (call center, central authorization, and referral center). Her work led to historically high ambulatory growth, inpatient volumes, surgeries, and tertiary care transfers to the institution.

During her tenure at UCI Health, Dr. Afsar spearheaded and co-led innovative programs, such as telehealth, hospital-at-home, and strategic partnerships, to help provide value for patients and communities. After the onset of COVID-19, Dr. Afsar created a mobile field hospital, led licensure of ambulatory spaces, created drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers, and led a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination program.

Dr. Afsar has served in various healthcare executive roles throughout her career, including Associate Chief Medical Officer at UCLA Health, leading large-scale health system initiatives in quality, safety, and patient experience. As Chief Quality Officer for the Department of Medicine at UCLA Health, she led population health initiatives, including an innovative program, “Mind the Gap,” which closed the highest numbers of care gaps in the system.

She is Past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and served on the Board of Directors for eight years. As President, Dr. Afsar led strategic discussions about the future of hospitals and care of hospitalized patients. She has worked closely with NQF on quality metrics, AHRQ on AI algorithms and bias and the White House Cancer Moonshot initiative on colorectal cancer prevention and care.