Dr. Emily Jaffe

Vice President and Executive Medical Director, Helion

Dr. Emily Jaffe is the vice president and executive medical director of Helion, one of Highmark Health’s affiliates and subsidiaries which specializes in population health management solutions that benefit payers, providers, and customers. Based in Pittsburgh, Pa., Helion provides customized solutions for health care organizations following hospitalization through a unique focus on collaboration, evidence-based pathways of care, big data, innovation, and pay-for­value incentives for managing populations in home and community settings.


Dr. Jaffe is also the home and community care medical director for Allegheny Health Network (AHN), a twelve-hospital integrated health care system anchored by a quaternary academic medical center that serves the greater western Pennsylvania region and includes more than 2,500 employed and affiliated physicians. In these roles, Dr. Jaffe is responsible for overseeing strategies to improve networks of skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies, achieving a higher level of performance, lower cost, better health outcomes, and better patient experience.

A fellowship-trained geriatrician with board certification in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative care, Dr. Jaffe holds extensive clinical expertise in providing palliative and hospice care in the home and nursing facilities, as well as the management of medical staff, utilization, behavioral health and palliative care. During her professional career, she has focused on community-based care to explore alternative care models that drive care to the least restrictive environment. Dr. Jaffe has a strong interest in building patient-centered care plans to drive high quality, improved outcomes, and cost savings.

Prior to joining HM Home & Community Services, Dr. Jaffe served as medical director at Community LIFE, a PACE program of all-inclusive care for the elderly committed to enabling older adults to remain at home while preserving their dignity, independence, and quality of life. Dr. Jaffe also established a geriatric palliative care unit at the VA to drive improved satisfaction, decreased medication use, and hospital readmission.

Dr. Jaffe was named Physician of the Year by the Veterans Affairs of Pittsburgh Healthcare System in 2006. She has also been recognized by the UPMC Community Provider Services division, along with The Fine Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

Dr. Jaffe earned her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, her master of business administration from Boston University, and her doctorate of medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She served her internal medicine residency at UPMC Presbyterian and her geriatrics fellowship at the University of Chicago.