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Elena Mendez-Escobar

Associate Partner, Boston
Supporting private- and public-healthcare entities in designing their long-term strategies and improving operations in the context of changing regulation

About Elena

Elena is an associate partner in McKinsey’s Healthcare Systems & Services Practice. She serves a wide range of private- and public-healthcare institutions by collaborating with them to achieve their goals of improving healthcare outcomes and increasing affordability in the healthcare system. Elena supports payers, states, and other organizations to rethink and execute strategy and to transform their operations.

Elena has deep knowledge of the payer space and special-need populations (including mental health, substance-use disorders, long-term services and support, and intellectual and developmental disabilities), particularly within the Medicaid space. Examples of her recent work include designing and implementing payment-innovation strategies, optimizing medical-management operations, end-to-end organizational redesign to support new strategy, and designing interventions to address the opioid epidemic.

Elena coleads McKinsey's Opioids Insights, a group focused on providing insights, expertise, analytics, and technology to help our clients and society combat the opioid crisis.

Published work

Why we need bolder action to combat the opioid epidemic,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

Ten insights on the US opioid crisis from claims data analysis,” McKinsey & Company, June 2018


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management

University of Edinburgh
PhD, theoretical physics

University of Cambridge, Churchill College
MSc, theoretical physics

Autonomous University of Madrid
BSc, physics