Thomas Campanella

Healthcare Executive in Residence
J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Thomas Campanella

Thomas CampanellaHealthcare Executive-in-Residence

J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
M.A., B.A., Ohio University


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Thomas Campanella currently serves as healthcare executive-in-residence at Baldwin Wallace, focusing on outreach to the external healthcare community through the utilization of blogs, webinars, white papers and in-person visits, covering a variety of healthcare related topics. Read his recent posts on LinkedIn (log in required).

Campanella also provides strategic advice to BW to ensure undergraduate and graduate programs are serving the current and future needs of the healthcare sector and students.

Campanella is a retired professor of the BW Carmel Boyer School of Business as well as the former director of the healthcare MBA program. As a professor, he specialized in teaching and speaking on topics related to health economics and policy at the national and state level.

He also has an of-counsel relationship with BakerHostetler law firm, specializing in healthcare and employee benefit law. He continues to provide consulting services to diverse areas of the healthcare industry.

Campanella has over 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, specifically with the health insurance, physician and hospital sectors. He has spoken on healthcare policy issues at both regional and national conferences. Campanella has also provided consulting for employers in the area of healthcare benefit management, along with strategic planning for hospital, physician and managed care organizations.

He was previously the associate dean of Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and chief operating officer of the University Osteopathic Medical Center. Campanella was responsible for five multispecialty clinical sites and 40 physicians. He was an associate professor of social medicine at OU, where he taught healthcare finance, healthcare economics and managed care for undergraduate, graduate and medical students. He also served as chairperson of the Athens Health Alliance Board of Directors and chairperson of the Consortium of Appalachian Medical Providers, an organization of safety-net providers. 

As a former vice president of healthcare finance and care management at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio/Medical Mutual of Ohio, Campanella was responsible for hospital and physician contracting and reimbursement; care management, including utilization review, case management and disease management; provider credentialing; and product development. He was also responsible for the group reporting department, which analyzed employer groups' healthcare costs and utilization data in order to help them design a customized healthcare plan.

He also developed experience as a certified public accountant (now inactive) working at one of the "Big Six" accounting firms in auditing and consulting with clients in the corporate, not-for-profit, governmental and healthcare sectors.