Ken Yamaguchi, MD, MBA

by Jasmine Phiri

October 19, 2020

Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer,
Centene Corporation

Ken Yamaguchi, MD, MBA, joined Centene in April of 2015 as an Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer. Prior to this position, he was a full-time academic surgeon at Washington University. He continues to maintain the position of the Sam and Marilyn Fox Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery as part-time faculty and has been named as a Top Doctor in America by Castle Connolly yearly for nearly 20 years.

Yamaguchi’s medical training incudes: George Washington University, Columbia University, and then the Mayo Clinic. He followed this later with an MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University.

Yamaguchi is an author of more than 200 publications and has given more than 150 presentations nationally and internationally. Invited professorships have included Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, Peking University and Oxford. The recipient of various awards, Yamaguchi received the Distinguished Teaching Award from Washington University, given to only one member among the entire school faculty. In 2014, he received the Ann Donner Vaughn Kappa Delta Award, considered the Nobel Prize for lifetime achievement in orthopedic research.

Dr. Yamaguchi has also been active in medical device innovation. He helped develop highly successful joint replacement systems for both the shoulder and elbow.

As Chief Medical Officer at Centene, his primary responsibilities in the area of Medical Affairs include oversight of: Clinical Policies, Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, Clinical Programs, Clinical Analytics, Medical Management Operations, Medical Management Systems, and Data Governance.
CENTENE CORPORATION (NYSE: CNC) Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), in addition to other state-sponsored programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as “Part D”), dual eligible programs and programs with the U.S. Department of Defense. Centene also provides healthcare services to groups and individuals delivered through commercial health plans. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, commercial programs, home-based primary care services, life and health management, vision benefits management, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.