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Meet our newest AmeriHealth medical director, Dr. Donna Raziano

By March 19, 2024April 15th, 2024Associates Featured In the Community
Dr. Raziano and her daughter on a golf course.

Golfing is one of the ways AmeriHealth Network Medical Director Dr. Donna Raziano (pictured with one of daughters) and her family enjoying staying active together.

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Donna Raziano to the AmeriHealth team as our new network medical director!

Dr. Raziano’s interest in medicine and science began early. She is one of seven children, including a twin sister. Her mother was a geriatric nurse and her father was a chemist. Her family boasts many physicians, including her older sister, as well as her great uncle who delivered her!

In her new role at AmeriHealth, Dr. Raziano will collaborate with primary care providers and health systems to support primary care population health and value-based programs. She’ll use her experience delivering patient-centered, compassionate, and high-quality care to enhance health equity and the member experience.

The journey to geriatrics

After earning degrees from La Salle University and Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Raziano followed in her mother’s footsteps, pursuing a specialty in geriatrics. She completed an internship at Jefferson University and a fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania Health System and earned her M.B.A. at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her decision to work in geriatrics was solidified after volunteering in nursing homes and working as a home health aide — plus having a close relationship with her own grandparents.

She is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative care. In addition to her focus on caring for older adults, she is passionate about medical leadership and has used her leadership positions to provide education around topics such as improving care in the community and the importance of self-care for health professionals.

Women in medicine

Early in Dr. Raziano’s training, the landscape of medicine was quite different than it is today. When she was in medical school, there were only about 12 women out of a class of 110 students. She noted that while the gender divide in medical schools is more equal now, women in medicine may still experience challenges when it comes to attaining leadership roles and finding work-life balance.

She encourages women who are pursuing medical degrees to be resilient and adaptable, and to find ways to work within systems or specialties that may often be male dominated.

She notes that it is important to be a team player, to be honest and transparent with your colleagues, and to be ambitious for the shared goals of the organization.

Dr. Raziano is a firm believer that women in the medical field can find harmony between their work and personal lives. She says it is possible to have a family and a successful career. The key, she says, is to follow your passion, and the work-life balance will come with time.

Dr. Raziano received the Barbara Bell, M.D. Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Geriatric Medicine from the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society, American Geriatric Society.

Professional pursuits meet personal passions

Outside of work, Dr. Raziano reads and keeps up with current events. Her family loves to run, play golf, and ice skate. Her biggest personal goal is to keep her three children happy, healthy, and successful. Professionally, she is looking forward to working on behalf of AmeriHealth members and serving as president-elect of Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society, the local affiliate of the American Geriatrics Society.

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