Caz Cazanov, Board Member

Health Insurance Professional

For someone with an extensive career in health care, it took Caz a surprisingly long time after receiving her EGPA diagnosis to seek out information and support. That’s why she has become so passionate about connecting newly-diagnosed patients with the VF and the online vasculitis patient community.

Since her first VF Symposium, Caz has immersed herself in all things vasculitis. She reads every article, attends numerous VF educational events, actively monitors multiple global Facebook groups and spreads awareness about vasculitis, its impacts, and advances in treatment with her family, friends and other patients.

Caz brings nearly 25 years of professional experience in health insurance, and its intersection with the provision of health care, to the VF Board. “I started my career in health education and am interested in continuing to contribute to patient and physician education in the realm of vasculitis,” she explains. “I’m excited about the prospect of joining the Board and contributing more officially to an organization that is so important to me.”

Caz has a bachelor’s degree in history and her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in health care administration. She spent most of her career at Kaiser Permanente overseeing operational and compliance activity around contracts, benefits, legislation and regulation.

Caz has been married for 31 years and has one son.

“I’m pleased to learn that the Vasculitis Foundation is being so thoughtful about how to continue the important work of the organization in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Caz shares. “There’s a lot of creative thinking happening about how to continue to connect with our patient and physician communities, and provide support and education, even with significant limitations in our ability to gather in person.”