Dr. Archelle Georgiou is a nationally recognized physician, advocate, advisor and author. She earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and enjoyed practicing Internal Medicine in Northern California. However, wanting to have a broader impact on the healthcare system, she shifted her focus to the managed care industry. Between 1995 and 2007, she was a senior executive and Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare where she dismantled many of the company's legacy policies in order to minimize the bureaucratic hassles imposed on patients and physicians. Since 2008, Archelle has served as a senior advisor for a diverse group of organizations. She worked with former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich at his Center for Health Transformation, a non-partisan think tank focused on advancing sustainable healthcare policies. In 2009, she was the medical correspondent for the Blue Zones international expedition to Ikaria, Greece, where she helped explore the underlying explanations of the island's longevity with National Geographic researcher and best-selling author, Dan Buettner. Since 2011, she has advised TripleTree and other private equity firms investing in healthcare technology and services. Other clients and relationships have included AMN Healthcare (staffing), Healthgrades (data/analytics), Medtronic (device), Copper Development Association (mining), Capella University (education), and Hensel Phelps (construction).
Archelle is currently an executive in residence and faculty at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. She teaches anatomy and physiology to MBA students so that future industry leaders appreciate the complexities of the human body—and healthcare. She is also a member of the board of directors for Nashville-based Tivity Health (NASDAQ: TVTY, formerly Healthways).
One of Archelle's greatest passions is using the media to educate consumers. Since 2007, she has been an on-air medical expert in Minneapolis-St. Paul and has covered more than 900 different topics, from research, technology and clinical care to health insurance and healthcare policy. Currently, she has a weekly news segment as well as regular health specials on KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities. She has also made national appearances on Fox Business News, CNN, Good Morning America, and Katie's Take with Katie Couric. Archelle's first book was published in February 2017. “Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need” (Rowman & Littlefield). Based on her 20+ years of experience in patient care, managed care, media, and business, Archelle shares the CARES model, the approach she developed to teach consumers how to how to make smart healthcare decisions that balance the best medical options with individual preferences.