Wayne Rawlins, M.D., M.B.A
National Medical Director, Racial and Ethnic Equity Initiative
Aetna Inc.
Dr. Wayne Rawlins is a National Medical Director for Racial and Ethnic Equality Initiatives at Aetna, reporting to Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Rawlins serves as the lead clinician focused on identifying activities to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care for Aetna’s members. In 2009, he was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Subcommittee on Standardized Collection of Race/Ethnicity Data for Healthcare Quality Improvement. Dr Rawlins also serves as a member of National Quality Forum's Cultural Competency Expert Panel, the National Business Group on Health’s Racial/ Ethnic Health Disparities Advisory Board, and has been appointed to the Regional Health Equity Council (Region 1), Office of Minority Health, HHS. He has also been a faculty participant in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Disparities Leadership Program.


Dr. Rawlins has also assumed the additional role of Chief Medical Officer, Aetna Student Health. Aetna Student Health provides high quality, innovative and competitively priced health insurance programs for college and university students.


Prior to his current role, Rawlins was National Medical Director and vice president of medical management for Aetna Government Health Plans, Aetna’s business unit responsible for Department of Defense uniformed services and VA customers. Preceding this he was head of Aetna Condition Analysis, leading enterprise-wide medical cost management activities. Dr. Rawlins is a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, working with HHS to support the development of a national immunization strategy. In this capacity, he has been deeply involved in vaccine financing and adult immunization issues.


While at Aetna, Dr. Rawlins has served in several senior clinical operational roles prior to assuming his current role. These included head of business planning and reporting for National Medical Services reporting to Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer. Prior to this he served as the regional medical director for Aetna’s northeast region, providing access to health care services for more than two million members. He was senior patient management medical director for the northeast region. Dr. Rawlins also led the design, development and implementation of Aetna’s industry-leading end-of-life care program.


Dr. Rawlins received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut in 1980, then completed an internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Rochester in New York. He is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Rawlins received his M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001. Prior to joining Aetna in 1997, he was a physician manager with the Northeast Permanente Medical Group for 13 years, treating a wide variety of patients in a busy primary care practice.


He is a member of the National Medical Association, American College of Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. Rawlins also supports his community by participating on the boards of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, the University of Connecticut Health Center and the Connecticut Science Center.