Chief Health Plan Medical Officer


Patrick Courneya, MD, is chief health plan medical officer at HealthPartners. In this role, Dr. Courneya provides senior medical leadership in quality and utilization management, health and medical management, health initiatives and customer business units. Throughout his career, Dr. Courneya has served as a medical leader in various roles at medical group, hospital and health plan levels, and he has 24 years of experience in active clinical practice.

Dr. Courneya returned to HealthPartners following six years at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., where he served as executive vice president and chief medical officer for national health plan and hospitals quality. During that time, he was the national executive sponsor for the development of the KP Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, which opened in 2020. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Courneya served 10 years as medical director and associate medical director for HealthPartners health plan.

Dr. Courneya’s experience includes serving as chair of the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Council at America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Medical Directors Council at the Alliance of Community Health Plans. He also served as a commissioner for the California Future Health Workforce Commission and continues to serve as president and chair of the board of directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of California. In addition, he serves on the Standards Committee of National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the board of directors for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), Minnesota Community Measurement.


Dr. Courneya received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed his Family Practice Residency at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn., in 1988.