Michael Herndon, DO, served as Chief Medical Officer for the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority for 16 years, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of key initiatives in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program.

Herndon has over 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.

Herndon founded and volunteers at an intercity free health clinic—the Lighthouse Medical Clinic—in Oklahoma City. After retiring from the State Medicaid Program on December 31, 2021, he accepted a new position serving as the Chief Medical Officer for the Health Alliance for the Uninsured, a nonprofit assisting the uninsured population in finding appropriate health care resources.

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.

Herndon earned a DO from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and spent 20 years in private practice.

Herndon previously 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.

Herndon was appointed as a member of the PCORI Board of Governors by the Comptroller General of the United States in September 2018.

Conflicts of Interest

As of January 11, 2023

Financial or Business Associations:

  • None reported

Personal Associations:

  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Member
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Member
  • American Osteopathic Association, Member
  • National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Member


Person Type
Panel / Committee