Regence Welcomes Dr. Csaba Mera as New Medical Director in Oregon

Oct 26, 2010, 12:44 ET from Regence

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon announced today that Dr. Csaba Mera has joined the company as medical director for Oregon.  Dr. Mera succeeds Dr. Ralph Prows, who was recently named chief medical officer.

Dr. Mera has 23 years of clinician experience as a board certified pediatrician and 15 years in medical leadership.  He has served as a consultant to health care organizations and Fortune 500 organizations including Time Warner, Dow Chemical, Xerox, AT&T and American Airlines.  Most recently, he was the medical director at ODS Health Plans in Portland.

"We're pleased to welcome Dr. Mera to the Regence family," said Dr. Ralph Prows, chief medical officer at Regence.  "He has an impressive background in leading wellness, disease management, and medical management programs, and I'm confident he will be a valuable addition to Regence."

Dr. Mera earned his undergraduate degree from Andrews University in Michigan and his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California.  His community activities include serving as president of Third Rail Repertory Theatre and as president of Janus Youth Programs for homeless and disadvantaged kids.  He is also on the board of the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation.

About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is a leading health plan in Oregon, with more than 750,000 members, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence is the largest health insurer in the Northwest / Intermountain Region, serving nearly 2.5 million members as Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington). Each plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Regence is committed to improving the health of our members and our communities, and to transforming our health care system. For more information, please visit or

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