Transformation that works

Robert W. Zavoski, MD, MPH

Medical Director,
Connecticut Department of Social Services
Connecticut State Medicaid Program

Robert Zavoski is the Medical Director of the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), home of many health care programs including Connecticut’s Medicaid Program. Among many projects, he is working to provide practice alternatives to managed care and improve the Department’s collaboration with Medicaid providers.

Before joining DSS, Dr. Zavoski served as Medical Director of a community health center serving Connecticut’s poorest community and previously directed the Primary Care Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  From 1993 through 2007, Dr. Zavoski served the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in several capacities, including Chapter President from 2003 – 2007 and as Government Liaison Committee Chair. In advocating for children and pediatricians, Dr. Zavoski helped lead the Academy’s successful promotion of Connecticut’s stricter teen-aged driving laws, improved Medicaid rates, public smoking ban, and Keep Kids Safe license plate program.

Dr. Zavoski is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, New York Medical College, Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, and completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. He and his wife, Martha Steeves, a pharmacist and author, raise alpacas on their farm in West Simsbury.  Their daughter, Kate, is a law student at Suffolk University in Boston.