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Chris Waugh VP, Chief Innovation Officer at Sutter Health


Chris Waugh is Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer. In this role, he uses his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide Sutter’s enterprise innovation strategy. He and his team are developing and managing the organization’s innovation portfolio and refining and expanding its innovation processes.  

Chris brings unique and inventive approaches to benefit patients across Sutter Health’s network. He is widely recognized for inspiring audiences and bringing together people from multidisciplinary teams. His innovation team serves as the entry point for external partners to connect with Sutter Health, providing an avenue for innovators to present ideas that can improve our health delivery processes.  

Chris has a decade of entrepreneurial leadership experience at IDEO, the Bay Area design and innovation consulting firm. He also served as vice president of design at San Francisco’s One Medical Group, where he helped create a culture of innovation. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado, with degrees in international business and French

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