Why Woody’s Running
Woody is running to be Governor of Indiana because he knows our state needs new leadership where people are first- not politics. He knows we can do a better job of looking out for everyday Hoosiers, because too many people are struggling to make ends meet and to keep up with the increasing cost of living.
As Governor, Woody will use his background in business and in medicine to guarantee all Hoosiers can access high quality health care at an affordable cost, bring more good-paying jobs that can’t be shipped overseas to Indiana and provide every Hoosier child with a world-class public education.
Dr. Woody Myers has served as Indiana State Health Commissioner, an attending physician at the Wishard Hospital Emergency Room, a teacher, an experienced business executive, and a nationally recognized leader in public health – focused on improving healthcare quality for working families.
Woody made history when appointed by two Governors, Republican Gov. Robert Orr and then Democrat Gov. Evan Bayh, as Indiana's youngest State Health Commissioner. While Commissioner Dr. Myers effectively led over 2,800 employees, five state institutions and worked every day to improve maternal and child health, chronic disease control, childhood immunization, and preventive healthcare services.
During his tenure, Woody helped make Indiana a leader in AIDS education and gained national recognition when he fought to keep Ryan White – a teenage boy with AIDS – in school when his school district banned him from attending classes following his diagnosis.
Over his career, Woody has served as the medical director for Indiana Blue Cross Blue Shield (now Anthem) – Indiana’s largest healthcare company, as chief healthcare officer for Ford Motor Company – where he worked with union officials to develop safety programs and high quality healthcare benefits, and as the chief medical officer for WellPoint, Inc., which led the nation under Woody’s leadership in measuring and improving the quality of healthcare for workers and their families.
Born in Indianapolis and raised in the Martindale Brightwood, Dr. Woody Myers is a proud 3rd generation Hoosier. He is a product of Indianapolis Public Schools and a graduate of Shortridge High School. Woody later received his Bachelors of Science and his Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University and his MD from the Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine and licensed to practice medicine in Indiana. Woody is married, lives in Indianapolis, and has five children, one son-in-law, one- daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren (so far…).