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Medicaid Who’s Who Interview: Robert Darzynkiewicz

Robert Darzynkiewicz is the Chief Medical Officer at Hazel Health  

Check out his LinkedIn profile HERE.

Which segment of the industry are you currently involved?

Telemedicine. Specifically school based telemedicine. 

How many years have you been in the Medicaid industry?

Since my training started in the Bronx. 21 years.

What is your focus/passion? (Industry related or not)

To leverage technology to provide quality care to families who need it the most. 

What is the top item on your “bucket list?”

Go fly fishing in the South Pacific Ocean.

What do you enjoy doing most with your personal time?

Spending it with my family. I have 2 daughters, one going to college this year and another one close behind. I am treasuring the few years I have before they leave our home. 

Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

Martin Luther King Jr. A man who changed civil rights through peaceful disobedience. That took truly amazing courage.  

What is your favorite junk food?

Nachos with all the toppings and extra jalapeños. It doesn’t qualify as ‘junk’ but I can’t validate it as an everyday meal.

Of what accomplishment are you most proud?

Raising 2 smart, motivated young women who want to make their community better. 

For what one thing do you wish you could get a mulligan?

US Swimming Olympic Trials in1996. I was seeded 4th going into finals and let the pressure of the moment get to me. I wish I just enjoyed the moment instead of worrying about failure. 

What are the top 1-3 issues that you think will be important in Medicaid during the next 6 months?

Discovering what high quality of care was delivered during the pandemic. How did telemedicine help Medicaid patients. What are the most glaring social injustices and medical gaps that were exposed for Medicaid patients and their families.

Know someone in the space who’s doing great work and is an all around interesting person?

Send a note to clay@mostlymedicaid.com to nominate them for the next round of Medicaid Industry Who’s Who Interviews.