The National Quality Forum named Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., to head the organization as its new president and CEO, according to an NQF news release.  

Agrawal, who will succeed Helen Darling, interim president and CEO of NQF on January 30, formerly worked as deputy administrator and director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Center for Program Integrity, where he led efforts to improve the physician experience with Medicare by minimizing administrative duties. Agrawal was also integral in CMS’s recently released strategy and action plan to address the opioid epidemic plaguing the U.S., according to the release.

“Shantanu understands the importance of advancing quality and patient safety both from the frontlines of medicine and from a national policy perspective,” said Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, NQF Board chair and president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, in the release.

Click here to check out an interview with former president and CEO of NQF, Christine Cassel on how her time at the organization helped prepare her for her future role at Kaiser Permanente's School of Medicine.