Seiji Hayashi ’91 

Company / School: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Position / Degree: Lead Medical Director, Government Programs


  • BA, Art, Vassar College
  • MPH, Family and Community Health, Harvard University
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Seiji Hayashi (he/him) is Lead Medical Director for Government Programs and Interim Chief Medical Officer for the Community Health Plan of DC at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which serves 3.6 million individuals and groups in Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area.

Seiji is a board-certified family physician and an experienced leader in primary care, quality improvement, and health policy at the local and national levels. Prior to CareFirst, he spearheaded health services integration and transformation at two area community health centers. Seiji’s national health policy experience comes from his role as Chief Medical Officer for the federal Health Center Program at the Health Resources and Services Administration. He started his career at Georgetown University and at George Washington University teaching public health and conducting health policy research.

Seiji has received a number of awards and honors, including the Samuel U. Rodgers, MD Achievement Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Seiji graduated with honors in studio art from Vassar, received his MD with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his family medicine residency training at the University of California San Francisco. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health while a fellow with the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

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Find what matters to you. This may be about people, place, activity, or impact. Then, go find a job that allows you to do as much of that as you can.

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