Health and Family Services Cabinet
Dr. Thomas Badgett Named Acting Medicaid Commissioner
DMS’ Chief Medical Officer to Fill Interim Role
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell announced today that Thomas Badgett, M.D., will serve as acting commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services, effective June 1.
Badgett joined CHFS in September 2004 as the chief medical officer for DMS. Prior to that, he served in several advisory roles to Kentucky Medicaid as a member of the Formulary Subcommittee, KenPac Oversight Committee and several ad-hoc committees.
A search is beginning for a replacement for Shannon R. Turner, who resigned the post to accept a position with the University of Louisville.
“Dr. Badgett’s wealth of experience and knowledge of Medicaid will serve him well in this transitional role,” Birdwhistell said. “We appreciate his willingness to maintain the momentum we have gained in transforming Medicaid into KyHealth Choices.”
“Medicaid was designed to help people receive medical care during difficult periods of their lives,” said Badgett. “As a physician, my goal for each day is to make rough places smooth for those people.”
Prior to joining the cabinet, Badgett held numerous medical and academic positions. He served as a chemistry professor at Georgetown College and Eastern Kentucky University before graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completing a residency in pediatrics. A career in academic medicine followed, teaching at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he remains a professor of pediatrics.
A native of Campbellsville, Badgett attended Campbellsville College before heading to the University of Louisville to earn a doctorate in physical-organic chemistry. In addition, he has authored numerous publications and has been actively involved in health services research, reporting at numerous regional, national and international venues.