February 20, 2007

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Appoints Dr. Jonathan B. Gavras Vice President of Medical Operations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Jonathan B. Gavras has been appointed Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida's (BCBSF) vice president, medical operations. Prior to joining BCBSF, Gavras held several leadership positions at UnitedHealth Group, including chief operating officer for South Florida, chief medical officer for Florida and president of the South Region for Medicare Operations. Most recently, he was the national medical director with oversight of the health plan clinical operations for UnitedHealthcare.

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Gavras also has served as chief medical officer and acting executive director for Prudential Healthcare in South Florida. Prior to joining Prudential, he came from the private practice of pulmonary and critical care medicine in Jupiter, Fla.

During his career, Gavras has been active in community and professional organizations. He currently serves on the board of the American Lung Association of Florida and is the president of the American Lung Association of Southeast Florida.

Gavras holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and psychology from Case Western Reserve University and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his training in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases at the University of Rochester, where he served as chief medical resident and clinical fellow.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida is a leader in Florida's health industry. BCBSF and its subsidiaries serve more than 8.6 million people. Since 1944, the company has been dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of all those it serves by offering an array of choices. BCBSF is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., BCBSF is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information concerning BCBSF, please see its Web site at http://www.bcbsfl.com/.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

CONTACT: Rick Curran of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida,+1-904-905-3408, cell, +1-904-386-3495

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