Leadership

Select an executive below to read their full profile.

Dan McCoy, MD

Dan McCoy, MD

President
@docdano

Dan McCoy is a physician entrepreneur and communicator with a passion for improving the way we deliver healthcare for Texans.

As a child, Dr. McCoy grew up with strong pioneer-spirited parents and a rural work ethic on a cattle ranch in Central Texas. He had the joys of a simple life, graduating in a small class of 12 students. Even at a young age, he had clarity for his future and a desire to be a physician – the first in his family.

Fast forward to 2016, Dr. McCoy sports a suit – usually blue – to work each day, where he carries an energetic spirit and 20 years of experience as a practicing physician into his new role as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Blue Cross is the state's oldest and largest health insurer, working with nearly 80,000 physicians and 500 hospitals to serve more than 5 million members in all 254 counties.

Leading up to this role, Dr. McCoy served as the company's divisional senior vice president and chief medical officer where he directed market strategy for all of Texas. As an advocate for independent physicians, he was instrumental in the creation of TMA PracticeEdge, a new physician-services company that aims to help Texas physicians stay independent by assisting with the transition to value-based care. Dr. McCoy is often quoted as defining true value-based care as "a doctor placing a hand on a patient," understanding that physicians have a powerful and immediate effect on the way medicine is delivered and value is created.

Dr. McCoy came from a well-established private dermatology practice at Baylor University Medical Center and the Sammons Cancer Center which is known for treating complex, systemic skin diseases and melanoma. He also served as principal owner of a communications consulting firm, where he developed innovative solutions to the challenges of the changing health care industry.

When Baylor University Medical Center opened its outpatient cancer center, the largest in North Texas, Dr. McCoy was selected as medical director of the Melanoma and Skin Tumor Clinic. In addition, he continued teaching for the Baylor Dermatology Residency program where he forged alliances with "sister" residency programs in Texas to enhance learning opportunities for all dermatology residents.

When not traveling and working on behalf of Blue Cross members, Dr. McCoy can still be found in boots and jeans on weekends enjoying the Texas hill country on the Pedernales River.

Learn more about Dr. McCoy in this video Learn more about third-party links. Dr. McCoy's vlog, Blue Promise Learn more about third-party links, addresses many public health topics. His executive perspective is also conveyed in the following:

Back to top

Esteban López

Esteban López, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer and Southwest Texas Market President
@DrEstebanLopez

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 5 million members. In addition to serving as the executive sponsor for Texas Government Programs, he has oversight of the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas and its Care Van Program, which provides access to immunizations, oral care and health education for uninsured and medically underserved children throughout Texas. Dr. López 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 and Diversity MBA acknowledged him as a Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders for 2017.

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 benefitting 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 in Business Administration from a combined program at the University of Texas at Dallas and UT Southwestern School of Medicine.

Learn more about Dr. López in this video  Learn more about third-party links. View Dr. López's executive perspective on the following topics:

Back to top

Paul Hain

Paul Hain, MD

North Texas Market President
@drpdhain

Dr. Paul D. Hain is the North Texas Market President for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). He works with sales and account management, network, policy development, and government and community relations, as well as internal and external communications, to support the company's interactions in the large and dynamic business community of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout north Texas.

Before joining BCBSTX, Dr. Hain was Vice President and Medical Director of Population Health and Network Development at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Hain previously served as the Associate Chief of Staff and Medical Director for Quality at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, where he was the founder of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program. He completed terms on the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee for the Section of Hospital Medicine and the State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee.

Dr. Hain has been published in multiple journals and lectured nationally concerning the varied topics of quality improvement, risk management, readmissions, patient throughput, the use of the APR-DRG system, and dashboard use in hospital medicine.

Dr. Hain received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and he completed his pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Dr. Hain received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from Rice University and previously worked as a corrosion engineer in Alaska.

Learn more about Dr. Hain in this video  Learn more about third-party links. View Dr. Hain's executive perspective on the following topics:

Back to top

Robert Morrow, MD, MBA

Robert Morrow, MD, MBA

Southeast Texas Market President
@DrBobMorrow

Dr. Robert Morrow serves as the market president of Houston and Southeast Texas at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). He works with sales and account management, network, policy development, and government and community relations, as well as internal and external communications, to help provide financially sound health care coverage to as many Texans as possible. He also leads the company's statewide efforts on media and public relations, community affairs, and influence strategy. He most recently served as the region's Chief Medical Officer.

Prior to his time at BCBSTX, Dr. Morrow served as the Director of Medical Quality for the Rural and Community Health Institute of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and was recently asked to sit on their Board of Advisors. His previous experience also serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston and practicing privately in Family Medicine. Dr. Morrow is a graduate of the Memorial Hermann Southwest Family Practice training program in Houston and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Morrow serves on the Greater Houston Partnership's Board of Directors and chairs the Health Care Advisory Committee. As a champion for public health, he is on the Board of Directors for the Houston Division of the Southwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association. He also sits on the University of Texas School of Public Health Fleming Center Board and the Board of Affiliates for the Professional Science & Engineering Master's Program at Rice University. In addition, Dr. Morrow serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Texas Medical Foundation, Health Quality Institute. He has been an active member of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) throughout his career where his involvement includes serving in a number of leadership positions including as Chair of the Council on Public Health and a member of the Councils on Legislation and Medical Education. Dr. Morrow recently completed 14 years as a delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA). Currently he serves on the Council on Health Care Quality and is a member of the TMA House of Delegates. He also serves on the TMA PracticeEdge Board of Directors, and the Caring Foundation of Texas Board of Directors.

Dr. Morrow has been married for more than 30 years. He and his wife have two children and two grandchildren.

Learn more about Dr. Morrow in this video. Learn more about third-party links View Dr. Morrow's executive perspective on the following topics:

Back to top

Darrell Beckett

Darrell Beckett

Divisional Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Darrell Beckett currently serves as the Divisional Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). He is responsible for sales and account management for all Texas group market segments. Darrell is also accountable for strategic marketing operations and field services, as well as support and marketing communications.

Upon joining BCBSTX in 2005, Darrell served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which included account sales, service, and retention for individual, small group and mid-market accounts. Darrell's teams were successful in achieving growth of more than 1.4 million new members in a five-year period.

Prior to joining BCBSTX, Darrell was National Sales Director for a division of MetLife's Group Department, located in Atlanta. His tenure with MetLife's Group Operation dates back to 1985 when he started as a Large Group Sales Representative and later moved into sales management, including a Regional Director position for MetLife's Southeast Region in Atlanta.

He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Missouri and has a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree, majoring in Marketing.

Watch videos of Darrell's executive perspective on the following topics:

Back to top

Shara McClure

Shara McClure

Divisional Senior Vice President, Texas Health Care Delivery

Shara McClure leads health care delivery for the largest customer-owned insurance company in Texas. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) offers the broadest provider network available statewide with coverage in all 254 counties. Shara’s focus is to improve and protect the physical and financial health of Texans.

As an industry executive, she is committed to lowering health care costs, improving access, and investing in value-based care. In her role, Shara is responsible for overseeing Provider Network Management and Operations for commercial, government, and individual product lines. This includes hospital, physician and ancillary provider contracting, data management, analytical decision support and value-based care. Shara brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to this role. She previously served as Vice President of Network Management at BCBSTX and has represented other health plans, physician organizations, and hospitals.

Shara uses her platform to inspire women and young professionals to become leaders in their organizations. She is the chairperson of the company’s business resource group Women Improving the Strength of the Enterprise (WISE) and oversees WISE’s initiatives to promote career, community, commerce, and culture across Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Texas, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Montana. She also represents the company as vice chair on the Board of Directors for TMA PracticeEdge, as well as sitting on the board of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and It’s Time Texas.

As an active leader in the community, she is a board member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dallas and Children at Risk North Texas. Shara graduated from the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas program in 2017 and is a senior fellow of Houston's American Leadership Forum.

A proud “Aggie,” Shara earned her bachelor’s degree in business analysis from Texas A&M University in College Station. She and her husband have a daughter and a son who have followed in her footsteps at Texas A&M. Shara is committed to health and leads by example. She is an avid golfer and runs five mornings a week and has for the past 20 years. In her personal time, Shara enjoys spending time with her family, golfing and traveling.

View Shara’s executive perspective on the following topics:

Back to top

Erin Barney

Erin Barney

Vice President, Texas Plan Performance

Erin Barney is vice president of Texas Plan Performance at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), leading a team that manages critical areas for the Texas Plan, including ownership of the Texas Plan Operating Model, performance reporting, financial and budget management, managed care, network performance, Plan administration and market strategy.

Most recently, Erin served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the Southwest region of Texas where she generated a 40 percent increase in sales for large and mid-market employer groups in the region. This required a transformation of the sales and account management team involving assessing and bringing in new talent, improving processes, and developing new capabilities in strategic account management and prospecting. She has also held the position of Vice President of Care Solutions and Integration for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In this role, she was responsible for the development and integration of best-in-class care management programs, medical cost savings opportunities for the enterprise and strategic account leadership on critical accounts. Throughout her time within the organization, Erin has provided leadership in strategic planning, network strategy development, human resources and other critical projects (e.g. claims system modernization, health information technology, process improvements and workforce planning).

Before joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Erin served in a variety of leadership roles including sales, human resources, project management and customer service. Erin has a master's degree in management from Saint Mary's University in Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Augsburg College. Erin served as an executive board member for the Illinois and Austin Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for TMA PracticeEdge.

Back to top

Vijay Murugappan

Vijay Murugappan

Vice President, Texas Plan Strategy & Value

Vijay Murugappan leads strategy and value creation at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). He is responsible for organizing, planning and developing a pathway to deliver value in all markets in Texas by optimizing market prices, network composition, benefit design and sales strategies. He serves as the overall manager of the value stream offered to customers, with the objective of creating value for all participants in the health care ecosystem – patients, physicians, hospital systems, employers, government entities and channel partners.

Vijay has experience in a wide range of industries including health care, retail, logistics, manufacturing and government. He recently led enterprise analytics and process improvement functions in Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Vijay's background is in management consulting at Deloitte, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he helped clients with strategy development, process improvement and business operations management.

Vijay attended Executive Education at the Wharton School and was named a 2015 Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Organizational Strategy from the University of Maryland at College Park and a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Vijay is an avid golfer and is married with two children.

View Vijay’s executive perspective on the following topics:

Back to top

Lee Spangler

Lee Spangler, JD

Vice President, Government Relations

Lee Spangler is vice president of government relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), where he directs the company's state advocacy efforts.

Lee joined the organization after spending 16 years at the Texas Medical Association (TMA), where he served as vice president of medical economics. The Division of Medical Economics represents, develops policy for, and advocates for the TMA on regulatory, socioeconomic, and health policy issues at state and federal levels. For the nine years prior to his appointment as vice president, Lee was associate general counsel practicing insurance law, health law, and administrative law for the Association.

Lee earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Saint Edward's University in Austin and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law. Prior to working for TMA, Lee was the acting general counsel for the Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners, a staff attorney for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and a staff attorney with the Texas Department of Insurance where he specialized in issues relating to HMO solvency.

Among his accomplishments is his appointment to the Texas Attorney General's HIPAA Preemption Analysis Task Force, where he assisted the Attorney General and his staff in reviewing Texas laws that relate to confidential health information. Lee also served as chair of the State Bar of Texas Health Law Section and is currently still a member.

View Lee’s executive perspective on the following topics:

Back to top