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Student & Alumni Achievements

Columbia: Alum Carlos Cuevas Named to Crain’s New York 40 Under 40

Mr. Carlos Cuevas, has been selected to Crain’s New York Business 2019 40 under 40 list.  Once headed for a career in finance after receiving his degree from Columbia College in 2005, Mr. Cuevas realized that he was most passionate about providing access to quality health care for underserved populations. Mr. Carlos is currently an executive vice president at SOMOS IPA. SOMOS — a network of 2,500 providers- is the largest non-hospital affiliated physician group in New York State and serves more than 650,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.

At SOMOS, Mr. Cuevas focuses on developing the organization’s value-based purchasing strategies — reimbursements tied to outcomes rather than the volume of services provided to a patient. Prior to joining SOMOS, he served as the senior policy advisor to the NY State Medicaid Director, where he oversaw the development of policies and programs pertaining to NY’s $65 billion Medicaid program.  In 2016, he was selected as a member of the NY State Healthcare SWAT team enacted by Governor Cuomo to assist Puerto Rico in developing a proposal to transform its Medicaid Program.

Mr. Cuevas, who graduated from the health policy and management department in 2012, has remained active in the Mailman community.  He has served on Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Alumni Board since 2013 and currently leads it as president.  In 2016, Dean Linda Fried presented Mr. Cuevas with the inaugural Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, selected for his exceptional contributions in the field of public health and service to the School. He was also recognized by Columbia’s Trustees for his commitment to the larger University-community and received the Richard E. Witten Award for Volunteer Leadership. Mr. Cuevas also earned his MPA from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.