Indianapolis-based public affairs firm The Corydon Group has hired John Wernert as a senior vice president to launch its new Health Policy Center. He has recently been working in Kentucky and Indiana on improving rural access to mental health and addiction services, as well as on alternative payment strategies with insurers.

Wernert is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has practiced medicine in Indiana for more than 30 years. In addition, he served as secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration for nearly three years and most recently served as the Sagamore Institute’s vice president and director of the Health Innovation Center. Wernert will remain a senior scholar at the Sagamore Institute headquartered in Indianapolis.

He graduated from Bellarmine University, has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Indiana University and obtained his doctorate from the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine. Wernert completed an internship and residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, where he is currently a clinical associate professor. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Wernert previously has served as medical director of medical management at Eskenazi Health, medical director for behavioral health integration for the Franciscan Alliance and chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs for MDwise Inc.     

He was elected president of the Indiana State Medical Association before stepping down to head FSSA. Wernert is also a past president of the Indianapolis Medical Society and has served on the Indiana Medical Licensing Board and Indiana Drug Utilization Review Board. He has held national leadership positions with various medical groups including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

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