Dr. Thankavel is Medical Director of Value Based Care for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.  Bharath is a physician leader passionate about transforming the health care system through innovation.

As Medical Director of Value Based Care at BCBS of Texas, Bharath works with sales and account management, network, strategy, and community relations teams to support the company's interactions throughout Texas. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern and a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Health in Dallas for 10 years. In addition, he served as the Medical Director of the Home Care program at the Children’s Health, where he oversaw three departments that targeted care toward approximately 1,200 patients. This experience helped him better understand the need to analyze market utilization and population health.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Baylor University, his Medical Degree from Saint George’s University, and his pediatric residency from the University of South Florida.