Dr. Michael Herndon serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, where he is responsible for the design and implementation of key initiatives in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program. He has nearly 30 years of experience in family medicine and implemented the SoonerCare Health Management Program, a full-scope care management program designed to provide an innovative case management strategy for high-risk Oklahoma Medicaid members. He also initiated the SoonerCare Pain Management Program to help address the opioid crisis and is focused on the development of a prescriber toolkit and implementing standards of care in chronic pain management. He founded and volunteers at an intercity free health clinic—the Lighthouse Medical Clinic—in Oklahoma City.  

He has served as chairman of the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, and founded two free community health clinics in the Oklahoma City area: the Hope Center in Edmond and the Lighthouse Medical Clinic in Oklahoma City. He earned a DO from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and spent 20 years in private practice.

Herndon served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options from Spring 2015 to Fall 2017, when it was integrated into the Clinical Effectiveness Decision and Science (CEDS) Advisory Panel. Herndon served on the CEDS Advisory Panel from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018.

Conflicts of Interest

As of January 3, 2022

Financial or Business Associations:

  • None reported

Personal Associations:

  • None reported


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