UCare has added to its senior leadership team.

Following a national search for each position, UCare has hired Dr. Julia Joseph-DiCaprio to lead the Medical Director team, as well as the Clinical Services, Pharmacy and Quality Management departments and Daniel (Dan) Santos to head UCare’s legal department.

Prior to joining UCare, Joseph-DiCaprio spent 22 years at Hennepin County Medical Center (now Hennepin HealthCare) where she began as a pediatric and adolescent medicine specialist and advanced to several medical director roles, including chief of pediatrics. She also has been a medical director for Medica, senior medical director of Care Management for HealthEast, and most recently Fairview Health Services Medical Leader, Connected Care.

Joseph-DiCaprio serves on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood, and the Loppet Foundation, and has served on the boards of the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Bridge for Youth and the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation. She has been a diversity climate expert panelist for the University of Minnesota Medical School and is a member of the Health Equity Advisory Council for Minnesota Community Measurement. She is a long-time assistant professor for the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics. Joseph-DiCaprio earned her M.D. from the University of Illinois and master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota.

As the leader of UCare’s Legal department, Santos serves as UCare’s chief attorney and secretary to the board of directors, in addition to leading the Compliance and Internal Audit departments.

Santos spent the past six years with Sentara Healthcare, a non-profit, integrated health system headquartered in Norfolk, Va., serving as general counsel and corporate secretary for Sentara’s multi-state health plan division, Optima Health, where he supported the health plan’s lines of business including Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and individual and family plans. At Sentara, Santos also served in leadership roles system-wide as an associate general counsel, providing counsel to its provider operating companies including its 12 hospitals and four medical groups (1,000-plus providers). Previously, he practiced health law for law firms in Virginia and Pennsylvania and served as a Special Operations Officer in the U.S. Navy where he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal among other honors. 

Santos earned his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.

“Julia and Dan bring proven success and valuable experience to their roles at UCare,” said Mark Traynor, president and CEO of UCare. “They are bright additions to our people powered management team as together we forge exciting new directions in providing members a path to the best health of their lives.”

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