Dennis Matheis

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Senior Vice President and President, Sentara Health Plans

Dennis Matheis is the President of Optima Health and a Senior Vice President of Sentara Healthcare. Optima Health Plan (the health plan division of Sentara Healthcare) serves approximately 450,000 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.

Previous Experience

Dennis has spent the past 27 years in various senior leadership roles in health insurance and healthcare. Most recently he served as President of Anthem’s BCBS Central Region encompassing 6 states and $12 billion in annual revenue. Prior leadership roles have included large physician practices and integrated delivery systems.


He earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and was a practicing Certified Public Accountant.