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Chris Waugh

Chief Innovation Officer

Sutter Health


Chris Waugh is Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer. Using his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide Sutter’s enterprise innovation strategy, he and his team help to radically and rapidly change how healthcare is delivered – making it a more personalized and a better experience for people.

As CIO, Chris develops and manages Sutter’s innovation portfolio and enhances the health system’s reputation as a market leader, while refining and expanding its innovation processes. Chris is recognized for inspiring colleagues and bringing together people from many multidisciplinary teams. With a human-centered approach, he helps internal teams develop new product and service experiences, create strategic partnerships with cutting-edge Silicon Valley and other startups and technology companies, and helps create a culture of innovation across the Sutter Health network.

Chris has a decade of entrepreneurial leadership experience at global design company IDEO. He also served as vice president of design at One Medical Group – a national leader in technology-enabled primary care, 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.