Andrew Sekel, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer for Specialty Networks, Optum
As chief executive officer of specialty networks for Optum, Andrew Sekel, Ph.D., oversees behavioral health, complex medical conditions, and physical health services that improve the overall health and well-being of individuals in the employer and health plan markets, as well as beneficiaries in Medicaid, Medicare, and other local, state and federal programs. These services include comprehensive management of mental health and substance abuse care, support for evidence-based treatment decisions, development of “Centers of Excellence” networks that provide access to clinically superior care for people with complex medical conditions, and musculoskeletal support services. Sekel also oversees integrated employee assistance, work-life, and workforce disability solutions programs that help improve employees’ mental health and productivity.
Dr. Sekel has extensive experience in both the commercial and public sector health care markets. Prior to assuming his role with Optum, he was vice president of business development for the specialty division of Centene Corporation in St. Louis, MO. Previously, he co-founded and led several behavioral health management companies in Texas and California, including Group Practice Affiliates, Integrated Mental Health, and Tejas Behavioral Health Services. As a leader of these companies, Dr. Sekel created integrated health care programs, processes and initiatives that provided the highest quality care for patients.
Dr. Sekel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Master of Education degree in special education and Doctor of Philosophy degree in counseling psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.