Dr. Richard Zenn


As Chief Medical Officer at Vaya Health, Richard Zenn, M.D., serves as the organization’s senior clinical leader, providing psychiatric and medical oversight for all care management, utilization management, member and recipient services, pharmacy services and quality management functions. He chairs Vaya’s  Quality Improvement Committee, Clinical Advisory Committee, and Critical Incident Review Committee,  and serves as the Executive Leadership Team representative to the Human Rights Committee.

Dr. Zenn came to Vaya in 2021 from HCA/Mission Health where he spent five years as the Medical Director of behavioral health services. In that position, he supervised staff for an 82 bed acute inpatient service, provided clinical oversight for a busy psychiatric consultation service to Mission Hospital emergency department and medical/surgical services, and coordinated psychiatry residency program functions for the Mountain Area Health Education Center. He has served as an adjunct professor in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry since 2017.

Before moving to North Carolina, Dr. Zenn functioned in behavioral health leadership roles at Northwell Health, including as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Glen Cove Hospital in New York. He also was an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Hofstra University/Northwell Health Zucker School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and was an active member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Zucker-Hillside Hospital, twice being awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award by graduating residents.  Dr. Zenn also served on the advisory board of the Committee for Physician Health of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Dr. Zenn earned both his M.D. and undergraduate degrees from Boston University. He served in the US Air Force as a psychiatrist from 1991 to 1995 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He has been named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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