Melissa Gerdes, MD

Dr. Gerdes has spent two decades working in value-based accountable care. For the past 3 years, Dr. Gerdes has served CommonSpirit Health in the role of System Vice President Value Based Clinical Strategy in the Enterprise Population Health Division, supporting Accountable Care Organizations (MSSP, PPO ACO and direct-to-employer arrangements), BPCI-A, CMMI specialty programs. In addition, she directs cross-continuum care coordination services across the system for value-based arrangements. Currently, CommonSpirit Health operates across 24 states and is responsible for the care of 2.6 million patients in value-based arrangements. Dr. Gerdes also precepts family medicine residents in the Mercy Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program in Sacramento, CA. She serves as a member of the Board
of Directors for America’s Physicians Groups.

Prior to CommonSpirit, Dr. Gerdes joined John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, California, in the new role as Medical Director of Clinical Effectiveness with responsibilities for patient quality, safety, and value-based care in clinical integration, accountable care, and physician network areas. John Muir Health Physicians Network coordinates care for over 70,000 managed care patients, consistently scoring in the
top quartiles of clinical quality. She was promoted to Executive Medical Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Integration with additional responsibilities of cross-continuum care management and coordination. Dr. Gerdes was also volunteer faculty for the John Muir Health Family Medicine Residency Program, Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education Programs, and served as a Board
member of the Integrated Healthcare Association.

Prior to a move to California, Dr. Gerdes served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Outpatient Services and Accountable Care Strategy with the Methodist Health System in Dallas, Texas. While there, she chaired the Methodist Patient Centered Accountable Care Organization Board which oversaw operations of the first Medicare Shared Savings program in North Texas to generate shared savings, eventually totaling more than $54 million in 4 years. As a family medicine physician, she has been active in the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and served as president in 2010-2011. She also served as a member and Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality and Practice. Dr. Gerdes also has experience with employer based wellness programs, telehealth programs, patient-centered medical home model implementation, and performance improvement coaching.

Dr. Gerdes earned a B.S. in Communications at Northwestern University, her M.D. at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and completed her residency at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she was chief resident. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare through Dignity Health Global Education at Northern Arizona University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family
Physicians and certified in Healthcare Quality and Management by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review.