Plan President

Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D., FACOG

President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK)

Dr. Joseph R. Cunningham is responsible for the overall strategic direction of BCBSOK, including operations, sales and account management, network management, health care management, medical policy and external affairs. BCBSOK is the state's oldest and largest private health insurer.

Dr. Cunningham joined BCBSOK in 2007 as the medical director of Medical Services over Utilization Management and Case Management Departments. In 2009, he was named the company’s vice president of Health Care Management and chief medical officer. In 2014, Dr. Cunningham became the vice president of Health Care Delivery and chief medical officer, overseeing both medical and network provider areas. In 2015, he was named BCBSOK’s divisional senior vice president of Health Care Delivery and chief medical officer, where he was responsible for the transition from fee-for-service to fee-for-value and value-based program development. In October 2018, Dr. Cunningham was named Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma’s 10th president.

Prior to joining BCBSOK, Dr. Cunningham spent nearly 21 years in private practice in Tulsa. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is a member of both the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Tulsa County Medical Society.

Dr. Cunningham earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and attended medical school at the University of Arkansas. He also completed post-graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa.