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Dr. Michael Kupferman joins Banner to advance value-based care, specialty care and academics

Kupferman brings leadership experience from MD Anderson Cancer Center

PHOENIX – Banner Health has hired Dr. Michael Kupferman as senior vice president of physician enterprise. He joined the organization on Sept. 28. 

In this role, Dr. Kupferman will further align Banner’s medical groups to advance value-based care, grow service lines and support academic medicine.

The physician enterprise at Banner includes Banner Medical Group, a large multispecialty provider group that is an integral part of its community care delivery network; Banner – University Medical Group, which supports Banner’s academic medical centers in Phoenix and Tucson; Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, which provides cancer care in metro Phoenix and Northern Colorado; and physician population health leaders that drive value-based care success.

Dr. Kupferman will collaboratively focus on expanding primary care, achieving service line goals, complementing Banner’s care delivery partners and supporting academic goals.

Dr. Kupferman joined Banner from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he served as senior vice president of clinical and academic network development. He led the development, management and growth of clinical oncology and research programs across MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson, including all domestic and international relationships.

“I am incredibly excited to join Banner Health and serve in this mission-critical role,” said Dr. Kupferman. “There is an inspiring culture of clinical excellence, compassion and innovation that is pervasive among the physicians and advanced care providers at Banner Health, and I feel privileged to support our clinical teams and university academic partnerships.” 

During his tenure, MD Anderson Cancer Network grew to more than 20 domestic relationships, including partnerships with some of the largest health systems in the nation. Dr. Kupferman provided oversight and leadership to the national network, consisting of health systems that deliver care to more than 360,000 patients annually, and that grew research opportunities and enrollment in clinical trials. Dr. Kupferman was responsible for global population health initiatives and public policy platforms with international governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.

“Dr. Kupferman brings the right expertise and energy to our medical groups’ development and alignment. His success in performance outcomes, network growth and academic partnerships will help Banner accelerate its goals,” said Amy Perry, president and chief operating officer at Banner Health.

An internationally recognized expert in head and neck surgical oncology, Dr. Kupferman’s clinical practice focuses on upper aerodigestive tract cancers, melanoma, salivary gland and skull base tumors. He’s a professor in the department of head and neck surgery, with subspeciality expertise in the surgical management of pediatric head and neck cancers and skull base tumors. Dr. Kupferman has dual appointments as professor of neurosurgery at MD Anderson and adjunct professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a consultant at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Kupferman obtained his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship in advanced head and neck surgical oncology at MD Anderson and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his laboratory research on the mechanisms of metastasis has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, American Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and numerous private foundations. He is an esteemed physician and has been consistently recognized on Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors list.

Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner also has an academic division, Banner – University Medicine, and a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner’s array of services includes a health-insurance division, employed physician groups, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care locations, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, stand-alone imaging centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, a research division and a nursing registry. To make health care easier, 100% of Banner-employed doctors are available for virtual visits, and Banner operates a free 24/7 nurse line for health questions or concerns. Patients may also reserve spots at Banner Urgent Care locations and can book appointments online with many Banner-employed doctors. Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health also has locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit


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