Chris Pittman, M.D., DABR, FAVLS, FACR is CEO of Health Performance Specialists, has over 25 years of medical practice and management experience, is a 21-year cancer survivor, and is a nationally recognized expert in health care policy and politics, medical economics, and health information technology including EMR, medical informatics, and telemedicine.
He is Medical Director and CEO of Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers and the chief cultivator of a strategy-eating culture delivering world-class medical and cosmetic vein care, a best-in-class patient experience, and a patient satisfaction guarantee. Dr. Pittman is dual board-certified in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He is administrator of the world-wide, Foam Sclerotherapy Experts LinkedIn Group.
Dr. Pittman is Board Manager of the Tampa Bay Integrated Healthcare Network, a successful, physician-directed, clinically integrated network partnered with Florida Blue and Cigna. He is Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.
Dr. Pittman serves on the advisory boards of:
Tactile Medical (TCMD:NASDAQ) -- the market leader in developing and marketing at-home therapy devices that treat lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency.
Automated Clinical Guidelines -- a health information technology company who's mission is organizing the world's medical information making it useful and valuable at the point of care.
Appley Health -- a software company leveraging proprietary blockchain technology to disrupt the self-funded employer health plan industry.
He has 30 years medical-political leadership including:
Board of Directors, American Vein and Lymphatic Society (AVLS) -- largest US medical organization devoted to venous disorders
Chair, AVLS Healthcare Advocacy Committee
AVLS Delegate, American Medical Association
Past Executive Committee Member, AVLS Foundation
Member, Florida Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee
Past President, Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee (FMA PAC)
Member and Past Vice Chair, FMA Council on Medical Economics and Practice Innovation
Past Chair, FMA Advisory Committee on Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
Past President, Hillsborough County Medical Association
He serves as consultant and thought leader in medical informatics, telemedicine, HIT public policy, and health care policy including:
Pioneer ACO HIT lead, CMS Innovation Center
"State of the State on HIT", Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
"Telehealth: State of the State", Florida Telehealth Summit
"Separating Fact from Fiction: What Every Journalist Needs to Know about Healthcare Policy", Poynter Institute for Media Studies
"Future of Reimbursement" and "ABCs of MACRA", AVLS Annual Congress
"Advocacy Role of Physician Societies in a Period of Significant Changes in Health Care Economics", American Venous Forum Annual Meeting
Dr. Pittman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Venous and Lymphatic Medicine is the AMA designated specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders. Dr. Pittman is highly trained in the latest vein treatment technology and techniques. There are less than 1000 physicians in the USA who hold this certification. He is a board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist or minimally invasive endovascular surgeon and a board-certified Diagnostic Radiologist.
Dr. Pittman is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, scoring 99th percentile on the national medical board exam. He was permitted to waive a first year internship and immediately began a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at St. Louis University Medical Center followed by consecutive, dual fellowships in Interventional Radiology and Vascular Radiology at the University of California – San Diego Medical Center.
Dr. Pittman is an Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and founded the Vascular and Interventional Radiology fellowship training program at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1996. He has served as principal investigator for a Vascular and Interventional Radiology clinical research trial and has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles including a book chapter on how to prevent complications during minimally invasive, image guided procedures in Complications in Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Third Edition.
Dr. Pittman is an active and proud member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society (AVLS) and at the national level he serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology and represents the AVLS as Delegate to the American Medical Association.
The American Vein and Lymphatic Society is the premiere association for physicians working in the field of phlebology in the United States and the largest US medical organization devoted to venous and lymphatic disorders. Dr. Pittman is Chairman of the AVLS Healthcare Advocacy Committee and a contributing author to Healthy Veins…Healthy Legs: A Patient’s Guide to Phlebology, a publication of the AVLS. He has served as an invited speaker and presenter at the American Vein and Lymphatic Society’s Annual Congress and at the 2013 XVII World Meeting of the International Union of Phlebology (UIP) and the 2018 UIP World Congress of Phlebology. Dr. Pittman served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology Foundation from 2014 to 2017.
Dr. Pittman is Immediate Past President of the Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee (FMA PAC). He has served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association, serves on the FMA Council on Medical Services and Health Care Delivery Innovation, and he is Past Chair, Advisory Group on Health Information Technology. Dr. Pittman is Past President of the Hillsborough County Medical Association.
He is a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology, American College of Radiology, Florida Radiological Society, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Dr. Pittman grew up in Clearwater, Florida and is a 21-year cancer survivor. An accomplished outdoor roller skater, he was a public and patient relations representative on skates sponsored by Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis while a resident physician. When not practicing medicine and advocating for patients and physicians on a local, state and national level, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Karen, and their four children.