Alex Portet Of US Renal Care On 5 Things We Need To Do To Improve The US Healthcare System

An Interview With Jake Frankel

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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11 min readJan 29, 2023


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The COVID-19 Pandemic taught all of us many things. One of the sectors that the pandemic put a spotlight on was the healthcare industry. The pandemic showed the resilience of the US healthcare system, but it also pointed out some important areas in need of improvement.

In our interview series called “In Light Of The Pandemic, Here Are The 5 Things We Need To Do To Improve The US Healthcare System”, we are interviewing doctors, hospital administrators, nursing home administrators, and healthcare leaders who can share lessons they learned from the pandemic about how we need to improve the US Healthcare System.

As a part of this series, I had the pleasure to interview Alex Portet.

Before joining USRC, Alex Portet most recently served as Optum’s Senior Vice President Operations for the metro Los Angeles area where he oversaw value‐based care programs for their ~120,000 patients. Before joining Optum, he spent five years with the Gates Foundation, overseeing strategy for the Global Health Division, and leading several multi‐disciplinary programs in vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and nutrition. Earlier in his career, Alex was a Principal for Bain & Company in Chicago and Sao Paulo, and an investment banker for Societe Generale. Alex earned his MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago and has a Bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from ESSEC (France).

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into our interview, our readers would like to get to know you a bit. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Growing up in France, I was inspired by my parent’s purpose-driven careers — my dad was a surgeon, and my mom was a teacher. After university, I worked for an investment bank, received my Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, and then joined Bain & Company where I helped companies grow by leading M&A and improving their operational efficiencies.