Joe Cunningham, MD

Founding Managing Director



Joe co-founded Santé Ventures in 2006 and is nationally recognized for his expertise across healthcare delivery systems, physician associations and compensation models. Prior to founding Santé, he was a healthcare Venture Partner with Austin Ventures and Vice Chair of Ascension Health Ventures’ investment committee. He was also Chief Medical Officer of Providence Health System and Executive Director of the Providence Health Alliance, both of which belong to the Ascension healthcare organization.

Joe currently serves on advisory boards for Health Services Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield) and United Healthcare. He is also the Chair of Innovation for The Texas A&M System and on the boards of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, and The Innovation Growth Board of the Mass General Brigham Health System.  Joe also serves on the TEES Advisory board of The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Quality Assurance and Peer Review.

Joe earned his MBA from Baylor University, his MD from Texas A&M University and received his BS from Texas A&M University.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


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Artificial Intelligence 

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