Bio - Allan J. Chernov


Allan J. Chernov

Dr. Allan Chernov, an internal medicine specialist, is Medical Director, Medical Policy and Quality, for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) until his retirement in January 2017.  In his role, Dr. Chernov was responsible for medical policy, working with medical directors from the Blue Cross Blue Shield plans of Illinois, New Mexico and Oklahoma on development and maintenance of medical policies for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). He also supported BCBSTX quality improvement initiatives, peer review for provider credentialing and recredentialing, and pharmacy programs

Born and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Chernov received his doctor of medicine degree there in 1964 at the University of British Columbia.  He completed a rotating internship and three-year internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1968 as a general medical officer attached to the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, California. 

Dr. Chernov was in private general internal medicine practice in San Francisco for 13 years. In 1985 he left direct clinical practice to become Vice President Medical Affairs/Medical Director for Bay Pacific Health plan, an IPA-model HMO based in San Bruno, California. He has worked as a physician for health plans since that time.

Dr. Chernov joined BCBSTX in November 2001. Prior to that, following his stint at Bay Pacific Health Plan, he was Vice President Medical Affairs at PHP Minnesota (then Medica, then Allina) in Minnetonka, Regional Medical Director for Prudential Healthcare’s Southwest Group Operations in Houston and Southwest Regional Medical Director for Aetna U.S. Healthcare in Dallas.

Dr. Chernov has an active medical license in Texas.  He is certified and re-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  During a two-year stay in England, from 1970 to 1972, he was granted Membership in the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK).  He also served six months as a general practitioner in Britain’s National Health Service.  Dr. Chernov became a U.S. citizen in August 1990.

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