N. Marcus Thygeson, MD, MPH

As chief health officer, Marcus Thygeson leads the Blue Shield of California (BSC) Healthcare Services team in support of its mission to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality affordable health care. Dr. Thygeson’s team is focused on providing medical and pharmacy management, population health, wellness, clinical quality improvement, and care system transformation programs that contribute to achieving a healthcare system that meets the needs of all stakeholders – good for patients, good for the community, and good for providers.

Prior to joining BSC, Dr. Thygeson led the Center for Healthcare Innovation at Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he focused on promoting community health improvement, care delivery redesign, clinical and health services research, patient engagement, professional development and well-being, and the practical application of systems thinking to healthcare improvement. Prior to joining Allina, Dr. Thygeson served as the corporate medical director and vice president for Consumer Health Solutions at HealthPartners, medical director for Definity Health, and chief medical officer of Mywayhealth. From 1996 to 2000 he served as the medical director from Alta Bates Medical Group.

Dr. Thygeson serves on the Board of Trustees of Blue Shield of California Foundation, and as a Director for the Alta California Eye Foundation and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. He is a voting member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance Committee for Performance Measurement, and an advisor for the Duke University School of Nursing ADAPT Center of Excellence for Symptom Science Research.

Dr. Thygeson was the recipient of a Bush Medical Fellowship focused on the application of complexity science for healthcare system improvement. His professional and research interests include shared decision making, patient-centered care, adaptive health practice, quality improvement methods including positive deviance and relational coordination, care delivery system innovation, and the application of qualitative comparative analysis to health services research.

Dr. Thygeson received his bachelor of science summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and an M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota. He received his medical training at Virginia Mason Hospital, where he was chief medical resident, and at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Thygeson is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.