He assumed his new responsibilities in UCare's clinical and quality management department on July 7.
Sanchez is a board-certified internal medicine physician with 25 years of clinical experience in hospital and outpatient settings. As a member of UCare's clinical and quality management team, he helps oversee the health care needs of UCare's more than 400,000 members. He also contributes to the development, implementation, and maintenance of UCare's quality improvement, utilization review, and case management activities.
"Dr. Sanchez brings an in-depth knowledge of clinical care in several complex medical settings to UCare," said Dr. Michael Lynch, UCare's medical director. "His patient care background and skills strengthen our service to UCare members on Medicare and Medicaid, and individuals with disabilities. We look forward to his contributions to UCare's medical team."
Sanchez most recently was regional medical director of primary care for Park Nicollet Health Services (PNHS). There, Sanchez had a focus in the areas of evidence-based population management, wellness initiatives, and medical operations, resulting in improvements in the patient experience, health care quality indicators, and reducing health care costs.
He previously held positions as clinical practice director at Park Nicollet Health Services' Carlson Clinic, as an employee assistance program physician with the Minnesota Twins and as an instructor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.
Sanchez also continues his work as division surgeon with the Minnesota Army National Guard. He is a decorated veteran for his deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sanchez earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Bartholomew College in Bogotá, Colombia, and his Doctor of Medicine degree at Javeriana University, also in Bogotá. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
In 2010, Sanchez received the Meritorious Service Medal from the President of the United States. This honor is given to military members who distinguish themselves by providing outstanding non-combat service to their country.
Sanchez and his family live in Minnetonka.