Press Release

August 22, 2016

OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Jennie Melendez - (405) 522-7404 

OHCA names new Chief Medical Officer

OKLAHOMA CITY – Dr. Mike Herndon has been named Chief Medical Officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). 

Herndon will oversee a variety of operations in the SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) program.   

“I look forward to leading OHCA in evaluating and developing interventions to improve health outcomes for SoonerCare members,” Herndon said. “This is an exciting opportunity to impact the quality of care SoonerCare members receive, improve provider satisfaction and collaborate with state leaders to do what is best for our members and the citizens of Oklahoma.”  

Herndon previously served as OHCA’s Senior Medical Director, where he designed the agency’s health management and pain management programs. Both initiatives assist medical providers with evidence-based and standard of care treatment strategies for SoonerCare members receiving treatment for chronic conditions.  

Prior to joining OHCA, the Edmond physician spent 20 years in private practice and founded two free community health clinics – one in Edmond and one in Oklahoma City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oklahoma Christian University and his medical degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in family practice.  


Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, known as SoonerCare, is administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). SoonerCare works to improve the health outcomes of Oklahomans by ensuring medically necessary benefits and services are available to our members. Qualifying Oklahomans include certain low-income children, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and those seeking family planning services. Insure Oklahoma assists qualifying adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families. OHCA strives to educate and engage our current 788,116 members regarding personal responsibilities for their health services utilization, behaviors, and outcomes in partnership with a state-wide network of 45,802 providers. For more information, visit