by Stephani Simmons
March 20, 2017
Chief Medical Officer
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Esteban López, MD, MBA serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), where he helps fulfill its mission to improve the health and well-being of its five million members. In addition to serving as the executive sponsor for Texas Government Programs, Dr. López leads the Community Investment Department in its long-term strategy to improve public health. He also holds the title of Market President of Southwest Texas.
Since taking on this role in 2013, he oversees engagement in major metropolitan areas such as Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi.
Previously, Dr. López worked as a practicing physician with nearly every hospital system in the San Antonio community, and he continues to maintain involvement in medical associations on a local, state and national level. He also serves the San Antonio community in his roles on the Witte Museum Board of Trustees and the Mayor’s Fitness Council Executive Committee. As an active member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he was recently elected as the 2017 Chair and currently participates on the Executive Board of Directors. In acknowledgement of his efforts, The San Antonio Business Journal recognized Dr. López with a 2015 C-Suite Award.
He was one of 61 leaders selected from across the nation – and the only one representing South Texas – to join the prestigious ranks of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a fully underwritten program designed for leaders who share a commitment to helping solve society’s greatest challenges. This executive-style education series sharpens participants’ skills through an exploration of leadership principles, led by the best minds in leadership studies and benefiting from the insights of the former presidents and the people who served with them.
Dr. López is dual board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and received his training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He holds degrees from the University of California at Santa Cruz and Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, in addition to a Master’s in Business Administration from a combined program at the University of Texas at Dallas and UT Southwestern School of Medicine.