J. Mario Molina, MD

President and CEO, Molina Healthcare

AWARDED: Hispanic Businessman of the Year

Dr. J. Mario Molina is President and CEO of Molina Healthcare, Inc., one of the leading organizations providing quality health care for low-income individuals and families. Founded in 1980 by his late father Dr. C. David Molina, Molina Healthcare is a FORTUNE 500 company that currently arranges for the delivery of health care services or offers health information management solutions about 8 million individuals and families who receive their care through Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded programs in 28 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dr. Molina began sweeping floors, stocking shelves and filing medical records along with his siblings at his father’s clinic in Long Beach while still in college. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in chemistry and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 1984, and was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. He performed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He spent the following four years at the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a fellow in Endocrinology and Metabolism. His is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, as well as Endocrinology and Metabolism. After his fellowship, Molina was appointed assistant professor of medicine at USC. He later received a certificate in management from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. In 1991, Molina joined the family firm as Medical Director and then was elected Chairman of the Board in 1996. Molina has received the Ernst & Young Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was inducted into the Long Beach Community College Hall of Fame and was featured in Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America in 2005. In 2015 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in health care by the publication Modern Healthcare. Then in 2016, Dr. Molina was #32 on Modern Healthcare’s list of 50 most influential physician executives and leaders.

He collects books on the history of medicine and is a member of the Grolier Club, Zamorano and the American Osler Society. He serves on the boards of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Homeboy Industries and is an Overseer of the Huntington Library.