Sam Asgarian, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Sam Asgarian brings to Thrive deep experience in healthcare strategy and operations, having led clinical product and sales teams at Aetna and CVS Health, where he successfully introduced new innovations into the healthcare system.


Sam holds a B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in medical sciences from Loyola University Chicago, an M.D. from Tulane University, and an MBA from Cornell University.

At CVS Health, he was vice president of CVS Health’s Transformation Health Product organization, where he was responsible for the modernization of existing clinical products and implementation of newly defined solutions to improve consumer convenience and personalize health and wellness. Sam joined CVS as part of the Aetna acquisition, where he was previously serving as the chief medical officer of the Clinical Services organization, overseeing medical management and clinical policy operations across Aetna’s commercial and Medicare businesses. Prior to that, he was vice president of strategy and operations for Aetna’s Consumer Health and Services division, where he was responsible for transitioning the organization from a business-to-business health plan to a business-to-consumer health and wellness company. Previously, Sam was the chief development and strategy officer for axialHealthcare, a startup company focused on mitigating adverse pain management, leading to better health care quality for patients across different segments and geographies.

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