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Caitlin Zulla

CEO, Optum Health East

Caitlin Zulla

Caitlin Zulla serves as CEO of Optum Health East, where she oversees health care delivery in 10 states from Maine down to Delaware. In her role, Zulla leads alignment and growth of primary, specialty, surgical, in-home, virtual, urgent, behavioral and community care — and establishes partnerships with physicians to advance and promote value-based care. She is responsible for the experience of over 5.4 million patients and more than 15,000 team members.

Prior to taking on this role, she most recently served as CEO of SCA Health, a specialist alignment organization and leader in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) industry with more than 20 surgical facilities, 13,500 aligned physicians and 11,500 team members serving more than 1.4 million patients each year. Before that, she served SCA Health as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer with oversight of 10 business functions. She also held previous roles as SVP of Revenue Cycle at SCA Health, SVP of Revenue Cycle Services at MedAssets, Senior Consultant at CBIZ, Inc., and Managed Care Analyst at Atlantic Health System.

Zulla was named a Top Woman to Watch as part of Modern Healthcare’s 2022 Top Women Leaders in Healthcare and serves on the Board of Directors for One World Surgery — a nonprofit aimed at delivering quality, accessible surgical care in developing countries. Zulla earned a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Master of Public Health and Health Management from Columbia University and a Master of Healthcare Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.