Dr. Arta Bakshandeh
Chief Medical Information Officer, Alignment Healthcare

Arta Bakshandeh DO, MA, is practicing hospitalist and chief medical informatics officer with Alignment Healthcare, headquartered in Southern California. In this role, Dr. Bakshandeh has been integral to the development and implementation of Alignment Healthcare’s clinical care model, data analytics platform, and home monitoring programs for patients with a variety of chronic diseases. He serves as the clinical subject matter expert working daily with Alignment’s data science team to build machine learning models for health plan operations and clinical interventions. Over the last seven years, he has co-developed and operationalized over 160 AI applications used by clinicians and operators throughout the Alignment network. 

He started his education at the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor of science in cellular and developmental biology and continued to earn a master’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology with an emphasis in molecular genetics.

In 2005, Dr. Bakshandeh co-founded the NGO Global Physicians Corps, which continues to serve sustainable healthcare in rural Tanzania and Ethiopia. He received his medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has recently earned his educational certification from the American Board of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. 

Dr. Bakshandeh began his career as an Extensivist in the Los Angeles area for CareMore/Anthem Health Plan. He quickly stepped into the role of regional medical director for the plan’s Medicare-Medicaid business in California and Virginia while overseeing the clinical implementation and training of all the clinical teams involved. He is also assistant clinical professor of Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), where he lectures physician assistant students in the USC Physician Assistant Program including the application of artificial intelligence in the clinical setting.