Michael Dudley

Mike Dudley
Senior Vice President and President of Sentara Health Plans

Michael M. Dudley is the President of Optima Health and a Senior Vice President of Sentara Healthcare. Optima Health Plan is the health plan division of Sentara Healthcare, which serves 445,000 members and consists of over 15,000 physicians and 114 hospitals. Since 1998 Optima Health has been nationally recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for driving health care improvement that results in bottom-line value for health care purchasers. He has been with Sentara since 1996.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Sentara, Dudley served as President of Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company, President of the Northeast Region of Kaiser Permanente in Hartford, CT, and President of Kaiser’s Vallejo Medical Center in California.

Current Professional Affiliations

American College of Healthcare Executives (Fellow)

America’s Health Insurance Plans (Director)

Virginia Association of Health Plans (Member)

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (Chairman)


University of Colorado (Denver, CO) – MHA

Stanford University (Stanford, CA) – Executive Management Program

Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) – BS


Dudley was the Valedictorian of his class at the University of Colorado and the recipient of the Foster G. McGaw Scholarship. 

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