agilon health Appoints Karthik Rao, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–agilon health, inc. (NYSE: AGL), the trusted partner empowering physicians to transform health care in our communities, announced today that after a comprehensive search Karthik Rao, M.D., who has served as agilon’s interim chief medical officer (CMO) since February 2024, has been appointed to the permanent CMO role, effective immediately. He previously served as senior medical director and vice president, network performance, at the company. 

Prior to joining agilon in 2022, Dr. Rao held several roles in value-based care, including nearly a decade of experience as a practicing internal medicine physician. He will continue to co-lead agilon’s clinical strategy with the company’s chief clinical officer (CCO), Kevin Spencer, M.D., a founding agilon partner and former chief executive officer (CEO) of an independent primary care practice and practicing family medicine physician operating in value-based care with more than 25 years’ experience. As part of their roles, Dr. Rao also will continue to oversee agilon’s clinical programs and network engagement initiatives and Dr. Spencer will continue to drive operations in collaboration with market leaders and oversee the company’s medical directors, with the collective goal of enabling provider performance across agilon’s Physician Network and markets. Drs. Rao and Spencer will both report to agilon’s CEO Steve Sell.

“Physicians and payors continue to recognize the benefits of the agilon model and the value it provides,” said Steve Sell. “I am delighted to recognize Dr. Rao and Dr. Spencer for their contributions to furthering our mission of empowering physicians to transform health care in our communities. I expect them to continue to play a key role in enabling the more than 3,000 primary care physicians operating in our full-risk model to drive improved care and outcomes for their Medicare patients.”

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agilon health is the trusted partner empowering physicians to transform health care in our communities. Through our partnerships and purpose-built platform, agilon is accelerating at scale how physician groups and health systems transition to a value-based Total Care Model for their senior patients. agilon provides the technology, people, capital, process and access to a peer network of 3,000+ primary care physicians that allows its physician partners to maintain their independence and focus on the total health of their most vulnerable patients. Together, agilon and its physician partners are creating the health care system we need – one built on the value of care, not the volume of fees. The result: healthier communities and empowered doctors. agilon is the trusted partner in 30+ diverse communities and is here to help more of our nation’s leading physician groups and health systems have a sustained, thriving future. For more information about agilon health, visit and connect with us on LinkedInInstagram and YouTube.