Bechara Choucair, MD, MS

Senior Vice President, Safety Net Transformation and Community Health

Trinity Health (HQ Michigan)

Chicago, IL

Bechara Choucair is Trinity Health's Senior Vice President of Safety Net Transformation and Community Health. Choucair works directly with Trinity Health's Ministries to improve the health of populations and impact the community-based social determinants of health. Additionally, he is also responsible for the development of new care delivery models and new relationships with payers, public health agencies and community organizations. Choucair and his team also lead community benefit activities. He heads Trinity Health's Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI), an investment program comprised of $80 million in grants, loans, community match dollars and services aimed at transforming the health and well-being of communities across the country.

For five years prior to joining Trinity Health, Choucair was the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). There, he and his team launched Healthy Chicago, the city’s first comprehensive public health agenda. Since its launch, CDPH has reported historic lows in childhood obesity rates and both teen and adult smoking rates, as well as significant increases in overall life expectancy. Under his leadership, CDPH became the first big city public health agency to be awarded national accreditation. Prior to his appointment as CDPH commissioner, Choucair served as the executive director of Heartland Health Centers in Chicago and as the medical director of Crusader Community Health in Rockford, Ill.

Choucair serves on numerous boards and has a faculty appointment at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. In addition to earning a number of local and national awards, he was named one of Chicago's "40 under 40" by Crain's Chicago Business in 2012.

Choucair, a family physician by training, holds an M.D. from the American University of Beirut and a master's degree in health care management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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