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Farah Shafi, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer


Farah Shafi, MD, MBA, an experienced physician and healthcare leader, came to BCBSRI from Mass General Brigham Health Plan where she worked for seven years, most recently as deputy chief medical officer. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist, who has served as an attending physician at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and Atrius Health in Massachusetts and was on staff at Mount Auburn Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Shafi received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her residency at Women & Infants Hospital. She was elected to serve as a chief resident and also was an assistant instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University Medical School. She received her MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Dr. Shafi is a hands-on physician leader with expertise in two key areas of focus: health equity and behavioral health. Her clinical background has allowed her to be a successful advocate for women’s health and maternal health.

As chief medical officer at BCBSRI, Dr. Shafi leads clinical affairs, overseeing BCBSRI’s proactive efforts to help members manage their health, prevent disease, and better navigate the healthcare system to access critical services. Among her areas of focus are youth behavioral health and initiatives to address healthcare disparities such as colorectal cancer screening and maternal health outcomes.

Dr. Shafi serves on the board of directors for Arlington EATS, a nonprofit that focuses on addressing food insecurity. She lives in Arlington, Mass., with her husband and two children.