Community Behavioral Health Appoints Charles Altman, M.D., MBA, as Chief Medical Officer

Published on January 25, 2023

PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 25, 2023 – Community Behavioral Health (CBH) announced that Charles (Chip) Altman, M.D., MBA, has joined the organization as chief medical officer. Bringing more than 31 years of clinical psychiatry and pharmaceutical industry leadership experience to his new role, he will oversee CBH’s team of physician advisors, and develop and implement strategies that enhance the delivery of behavioral health services to CBH Members.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Altman back to CBH,” said Faith Dyson-Washington, PhD, CEO of CBH. “His experience as an exceptional leader in the psychiatric space, combined with his patient-centered approach to clinical practice and business development knowledge, will be instrumental as we work to stay at the forefront of behavioral health care.”

Dr. Altman is a board-certified psychiatrist with an extensive career that spans both active clinical practice and executive roles in managed care, research and development, and medical affairs within the pharmaceutical industry. Having interned with CBH in 1996 before its official launch in 1997, he has gone on to hold several leadership positions at other health care organizations, including medical director, public sector/Medicaid at Magellan Health and head of U.S. medical affairs & policy at Seqirus.

Dr. Altman currently maintains a part-time private psychiatric practice in Devon, PA and serves as a psychiatric consultant at Haverford College and Ursinus College. He has also held several clinical roles previously, including supervising addiction psychiatrist at Recovery Center of America and chief of the department of psychiatry at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

“Since first opening its doors more than 25 years ago, CBH has been a proven leader in providing access to innovative, quality behavioral health care,” said Dr. Altman. “I look forward to helping CBH continue its work to ensure that Philadelphians receiving Medicaid are able to obtain the whole-person care they need.”

Dr. Altman earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine before completing his psychiatric specialty training at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration in health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Princeton University.

About CBH

CBH is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation contracted by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services to manage the delivery of behavioral health services for Medicaid recipients of Philadelphia County. For more information about CBH, visit cbhphilly.org.

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