Austin Ifedirah, MBA, DDS, is Founder and Managing Partner at Engagent Health where he leads the day to day management, development and deployment of the company’s capabilities and platform.
Prior to founding Engagent Health, Dr. Ifedirah was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at Gateway Health Plan® where he was responsible for all organic and expansion growth of the Medicare and Medicaid lives in the plan. Dr. Ifedirah also had overall profit and loss responsibility for the plan’s Medicare Advantage Plans. In his five years at Gateway Health the total membership grew from less than 300,000 members in Pennsylvania to over 700,000 members in six states.
Prior to working at Gateway Health, Dr. Ifedirah has held various executive roles in the Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care space. From 2005-2009 he served as Plan President (across 3 states) and Head of Operations for XL Health Corp./Care Improvement Plus in Baltimore, MD. He helped their start-up plans grow to 80,000 members in the first year of operations with revenues in excess of $1.2 billion. From 2002-2005 he worked as a Business Development Executive for Bravo Health HMO, Inc. in Baltimore, MD where he led state and county expansion initiative leading to significant growth and Plan expansion into 3 new states. He led the strategy formulation, due diligence, market entry/development, network expansion and regulatory filings for Bravo Health during this time period. He led successful development on new markets in Texas for their Medicaid/Medicare products in seven metropolitan areas and developed partnerships with long term care providers resulting in an $80 million product line exclusively for them.
A trained dentist, Dr. Ifedirah practiced general dentistry and oral surgery in the 90s. From 2009–2011 he served as President/CEO of Aegis Healthcare in Springfield, VA, a Medicare/Medicaid certified Home Health Agency where he established fiscal parameters and oversaw all operations to satisfy board expectations. At Aegis, he was accountable for federal certification, solvency, planning and all aspects of administration.
Dr. Ifedirah earned his Masters in Business Administration degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Benin in Nigeria.