Michael M. Dudley

Mike Dudley
President and Chief Executive Officer, Optima Health

Michael Dudley is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Optima Health and senior vice president of Sentara Healthcare. Under his leadership, Optima has more than doubled its membership to 450,000 members by expanding to new markets, introducing new products and securing new customers in large and small employer groups and individual markets. Optima has also achieved national recognition and accreditation for satisfaction, quality and financial security.

Dudley began his career with Kaiser Permanente Health Programs in California and served 18 years in a wide-range of leadership roles. Prior to his departure, he served as president and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company, a start-up company licensed in 16 states, where he directed and oversaw all indemnity health insurance services offered nationally by Kaiser Permanente.

Areas of Expertise 

  •  Integrated managed care models
  • The Affordable Care Act
  •  Value-based care

Education, Certification & Training

Master of Science in Health Administration
University of Colorado
Denver, Colo.

Executive Management Program
Stanford University
Stanford, Calif.

Bachelor of Arts in English
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Affiliations (current and past)

  • American College of Healthcare Executives, fellow
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans, director and executive committee member
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, former director
  • Health Plans Alliance, director
  • Virginia Associations of Health Plans, director

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