Elif Oker

Medical Director

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Elif Oker, MD, FACEP is medical director for at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a division of Healthcare Service Corporation (HCSC). Dr. Oker, a veteran emergency medicine specialist, has served as assistant professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine.
At Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dr. Oker is responsible for clinical strategy and innovation for the municipal accounts which include approximately 500,000 members. She also leads the clinical content integration strategy for HCSC’s, social media team, a presence that includes nearly 300,000 Facebook fans and 19,000-plus Twitter followers.
She is a contributing healthcare blogger and medical expert on Sharecare.com, an innovative online social media forum. Dr. Oker has provided medical perspective to audiences on news media outlets, including XM satellite radio, WRCR-AM New York and WBBM-Chicago, along with numerous publications. She speaks extensively on healthcare issues at venues ranging from the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Chicago Health Executives Forum, Social Media Week and Health 2.0 Chicago. She is also a mentor to the start-up ecosystem and has worked with companies housed at 1871, Healthbox and Teknojumpp.

As a member of the board of directors of the non-profit WorldChicago, she works closely with U.S. State Department-sponsored programs to host diplomatic missions highlighting Chicago’s place as a global center for business, culture, arts and innovation. Dr. Oker is also on the Steering Committee for the Chicago Clinical Research Exchange (CCRE), where she supports and directs the development of an innovative research incubator at the Chicago Center for Healthcare Innovation. CCRE will focus on innovative research questions including mHealth solutions as well as traditional clinical trials.

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s combined undergraduate-medical school program, Dr. Oker is also fellowship-trained in Toxicology and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP).

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