Michael D. McKinney, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, President
Michael D. McKinney, M.D., joined Cenpatico in 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Cenpatico’s expertise lies in managing benefits for vulnerable populations. The organization’s healthcare specialties include behavioral health, school-based services, specialty therapy and rehabilitation, community re-entry and more. Providing leadership for all aspects of service delivery, company growth and financial stability, Mike acts as liaison between Cenpatico and key stakeholders, including government agencies, advocacy groups, and regulatory bodies, as well as Centene’s health plans and other specialty divisions. He oversees all company operations to ensure maximum efficiency and accountability, for superior delivery outcomes for Cenpatico’s members.
Prior to Cenpatico, Dr. McKinney held government and corporate leadership positions over the past 30 years with a focus on serving others in the areas of healthcare, human services and higher education. He served in several leadership roles at Centene, including president and CEO of Sunflower Health Plan, Magnolia Health Plan, Managed Health Services and Superior HealthPlan. Dr. McKinney also serves as Senior Vice President of New Markets for Centene Corporation.
Dr. McKinney served as Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System from 2006 to 2011 and previously held executive positions at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, UT Medical School at Houston and the University of Texas System (Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs).
From 2001 to 2002, Dr. McKinney served in Governor Rick Perry’s administration as the Governor’s Chief of Staff. He was appointed by Governor George W. Bush as the Texas Health & Human Services Commissioner from 1995 to 1998. Before his gubernatorial appointment, Dr. McKinney was the Medical Director and Vice President of a private insurance company, managing claims payment for the Texas Medicaid program.
As a family physician, he operated a private practice in Centerville, Texas, for 16 years and, years later, was a practitioner in a group practice in Pasadena, Texas.
From 1984 to 1991, Dr. McKinney served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, and was Speaker Pro-Tempore from 1989 to 1990. As a legislator, he received many awards and was cited as one of the “Ten Most Effective Legislators” and “Ten Best Legislators.”
Dr. McKinney received his Doctor of Medicine degree with honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He received the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest alumni honor bestowed by the university’s School of Medicine Alumni Association. In addition, Dr. McKinney received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Houston.