Dr. James W. Small, Chief Medical Officer

As the Chief Medical Officer for Aetna Better Health of Texas, Dr. Small oversees utilization and case management for approximately 289,000 health plan members.

Dr. Small has always had a strong interest in public health and epidemiology. This stems from more than a decade practicing both as an occupational physician and as a senior medical director. As Chief of Preventative Medicine in the U.S. Army Corp III, he managed the public health needs of 90,000 soldiers and civilians. His military experience transferred naturally to a focus on community health care in the civilian population. His keen insight and deep respect for underserved people led to his new mission, to provide health services for people who are without health insurance and unable to afford health care.  

Not surprisingly, Dr. Small’s focus on public health has included many years of volunteer service in the community. He often provides mentoring, counseling and free medical care for people at local homeless shelters and crisis centers.

Dr. Small holds master’s degrees in business administration, medical management and public health. He is board-certified in Occupational Medicine and in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Small has also earned many awards and certifications during his career. He is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) by the American College of Physician Executives and a certified Diplomate by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (CHCQM).