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Victor Guillermo Villagra, M.D., FACP

Assistant Professor, Medicine
Academic Office Location:
Health Disparities Institute
UConn Health
195 Farmington Avenue, Suite 3012
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-6247

Health Disparities Institute

Dr. Victor Villagra, M.D., FACP, is currently the president of Health & Technology Vector, Inc. The company’s mission is to decrease, postpone, or eliminate the physical, emotional and financial burden of illness among all peoples. His extensive background includes his responsibilities as the national medical director and vice president of Quality and Medical Strategy for CIGNA HealthCare, as well as medical director Continuous Health Improvement Program for Geisinger Health Plan.

Dr. Villagra’s position involves investigating and recommending a plan for the UConn Health Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Community Consortium (Area III) to be the region’s Center for Innovation in Disease Management (IDM). He will also be investigating and recommending a plan for collaboration with local industry, state agencies, and the Center for IDM.

B.S.George Washington UniversityBiology
M.D.Universidad de Costa RicaMedicine

Post-Graduate Training
FellowshipUniversity of North Carolina Faculty Development Fellowship Program, General Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics
ResidencyInternal Medicine
ResidencySchool of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillInternal Medicine, Chief Resident:

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Karen Coughlin Individual Disease Management Leadership Award. Disease Management Association of America
Karen Coughlin Individual Disease Management Leadership Award. Disease Management Association of America
Disease Management Association of America - Health Plan Disease Management Leadership Award CIGNA HealthCare
Recipient of the Geisinger Clinician – Investigator Award (related to Geisinger Smoking Cessation disease management program)

Translational research

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Healthcare Affordability Standard Advisory CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalState20192020
State Innovation Model (SIM) Health Information Technology CouncilOtherCommittee MemberExternalState20152016
All Payer Claims Database Advisory GroupAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalState20142019
All Payer Claims Database: Data Privacy, Confidentiality and Security WorkgroupAdvisory CommitteeMemberState20142019
Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Tufts Medical Center Panel on “Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea - Future Research Needs”OtherExpert advisor- payer perspectiveExternalNational20112011
Connecticut Office of Health Reform and Innovation Health Technology Work GroupOtherCo-Chair ExternalState20112012
Health Disparities Institute Strategic Planning Committee OtherParticipantUConn HealthState20112012
American Society of Medical Executives Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational19981999
American College of Physicians/Society of Internal Medicine Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1988

Journal Articles

Conference Papers



Short Surveys

  • When Hospitals and Doctors Sue Their Patients: The Medical Debt Crisis Through a New Lens
    Victor G. Villagra, MD; Mario Felix, MD; Eml Coman, PhD; Denise Smith, MBA; Allison Joslyn, MA; Trisha Pitter, MS; Wizdom Powell, PhD HDI Policy Brief 2019 Jun;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Health Equity in Connecticut: What Does Health Insurance Have to Do with It?LectureCT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunity2019Farmington, CT
High Deductible Plans: A Defective Insurance ProductTalkState of CT legslature2019Hartford, CT
Choosing and Using Health Insurance: Maximizing Health and Financial BenefitsTalk2018Rocky Hill, CT
Health Insurance Literacy: The Gateway to HealthcareTalkPrimary Care Coalition (Connecticu)t2018Farmington, CT
Choosing and Using Health Insurnace: Maximizing Health and Finacial BenefitsTalkEastern Connecticut Insurance Program2018Hamden, CT