James Schuster, M.D., MBA, is the Associate Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical and Behavioral Sciences for the UPMC Insurance Services Division and the Chief Medical Officer of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, a behavioral health managed care organization and subsidiary of UPMC.

In these roles, he provides leadership for medical services as well as strategies that integrate approaches to medical and behavioral health.

Schuster is also responsible for overseeing the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care, which has a broad research portfolio on a variety of themes, including integrated care, shared decision making, and medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. He has served as a principal investigator on several of the Center’s awards.

Schuster earned his MD from the University of Louisville and his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. He is board certified in psychiatry and in the subspecialties of geriatric and addiction psychiatry.

Schuster was appointed as a member of the PCORI Board of Governors by the Comptroller General of the United States in September 2020.

Conflicts of Interest

As of January 11, 2024 

Financial or Business Associations: 

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Employer 

Personal Associations: 

  • Cathy Schuster, MSW, Owner, Spouse


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