Dr. Archelle Georgiou is the Chief Health Officer for Starkey Hearing Technologies, a global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She is responsible for the company’s commitment to improve individuals’ overall wellness and quality of life through products that deliver better hearing. She develops and maintains strategic relationships within the medical community, oversees the Healthable features embedded in the company’s hearing aids, and brings hearing health to the forefront of overall health.
Dr. Georgiou’s extensive healthcare background includes experience as a physician, business executive, advisor, author and speaker. She was Chief Medical Officer of United Healthcare between 1996 and 2007 – where she was dedicated to eliminating unproductive policies within the healthcare system and designing systems to coordinate care delivery. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Georgiou served as a senior fellow in the Center for Health Transformation, a bipartisan think-tank established by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Since 2008, Dr. Georgiou has been a strategic advisor to a diverse group of companies, dedicated to cultivating cross-industry collaboration and patient-centric care. She serves as an adjunct faculty member and Executive in Residence at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. In 2019, she was appointed to the Board of Directors for CaringBridge as well as the Quality Committee for Childrens Hospital of Minnesota. For all the above and more, Dr. Georgiou received the Champion Award among Minnesota Business Healthcare Leaders in 2014 and was recognized “an individual who has focused their efforts to elevate the profile/status of the state’s health care industry.”
One of Dr. Georgiou’s greatest passions is using the media to educate consumers. As a medical expert, she has covered over 1,200 medical topics during her weekly segments on KSTP-TV. As an innovator on consumerism and health reform, she has been asked to speak at the White House, the World Bank and the Surgeon Generals of the Army, Navy and Air Force. She has also appeared on FOX Business Network, CNN, Good Morning America, and Katie’s Take with Katie Couric. In 2009, she was the medical correspondent for a Blue Zones international expedition to Ikaria, Greece, where she worked with National Geographic researcher Dan Buettner to explore the underlying explanations for the island population's longevity.
Based on her interactions with viewers, Dr. Georgiou developed the CARES Model, a five-step approach that consumers can use to make healthcare decisions, and in February 2017, published her first book, Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need (Rowman & Littlefield).
Dr. Georgiou graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was board-certified in Internal Medicine. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota and enjoys spending her time with her husband, three girls and diva-like dog, Isabella.