Arpan Waghray, M.D.
Dr. Arpan Waghray is a geriatric psychiatrist who serves as the CEO of Providence’s Well Being Trust.
In this role, he oversees the foundation’s strategy to drive measurable improvement in the mental health and well-being of communities within the Providence footprint of Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington.
Dr. Waghray has served on the Well Being Trust team since its inception in 2016 in the capacity of chief medical officer. He also serves as chief medical officer of Behavioral Medicine at Providence, one of the largest non-profit health systems with 120,000 employees, 52 hospitals, 1,085 clinics and a comprehensive range of health and social services across its footprint. In this role, he facilitates clinical collaboration across the organization to design, develop, and deploy solutions that reduce variation and spread innovation in behavioral medicine.
He also oversees Providence’s Tele-Behavioral Health Network that brings access to essential mental health services across 36 Providence ministries, including many rural and critical access hospitals. In partnership with key stakeholders from human resources, population health, Mission and digital innovation, he is leading efforts to improve the mental health and well-being of 120,000 Providence caregivers during times of unprecedented stress triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. These efforts have been very impactful and gained national recognition from the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Additionally, Providence’s No One Cares Alone program was featured in Harvard Business Review.
Dr. Waghray co-chairs the Providence Behavioral Health Leadership Council, which aligns system-wide mental health efforts by bringing together teams from the clinical services division, population health, community partnerships, government affairs, human resources, digital innovation, Mission integration, and social engagement.
A nationally recognized mental health leader, Dr. Waghray serves as the 2022 Chair of the American Hospital Association’s Behavioral Health Services Council, which helps shape the AHA’s behavioral health advocacy, policy, and resource development. Additionally, he serves on the Catholic Health Association’s Well-Being Taskforce and the American Psychiatric Associations Council on Healthcare systems and Financing.
He has served as IHI faculty and edited a special issue of Elsevier`s Psychiatric Clinics of North America which focused on COVID-19.
He completed his medical school training in India, psychiatry residency at Brookdale University Medical Center in New York, and a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington. He later completed an executive development program at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business.
Dr. Waghray has been featured in Seattle Magazine and Seattle Met as one of the area’s top doctors, and he has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets providing expert commentary on topics related to mental health and well-being.
He is actively involved in community activities and serves on the Greater Seattle YMCA board. Dr. Waghray enjoys spending time in the outdoors of the pacific northwest with his wife and two daughters.