Former Esse Health CFO David Kearney, CPA, became the new president and CEO, effective July 1, 2021, following the planned retirement of president and CEO Michael Castellano.

For the past 16 years, Kearney’s financial expertise within population health has been instrumental to the success of Esse Health. After joining as Controller in 2005, Kearney was promoted to CFO in February 2009. Under his tenure, Esse Health expanded a number of its value-based payer contracts, including with the Essence, Aetna and UHC Medicare Advantage plans.  Kearney also was instrumental in incorporating value-based medicine into many of Esse Health’s commercial payer contracts.

“I am honored to serve as the new president and CEO of Esse Health and build on the foundation laid by Mike Castellano,” Kearney says. “We look forward to continuing to expand the impact of value-based care in the St. Louis region by improving patient satisfaction while reducing the cost of care.”

Prior to joining Esse Health, Kearney served as a Controller at Transentric, a Union Pacific Corporation subsidiary, and Westar Aerospace & Defense Group.

About Esse Health
Esse Health is a St. Louis-based, independent physician group that strives to improve the overall well-being of its patients through patient education, lifestyle modification and prevention. With 47 locations throughout the St. Louis and Metro East area, and 150,000+ patients currently in their care, Esse Health’s services include asthma, allergy and immunology, child psychiatry, family medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, nutrition, orthopedics, pediatrics, radiology and urology. Esse Health is a recognized leader in using technology in health care and physician accountability for both quality and cost-of-care. Visit for more information.