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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 services. McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health also includes McDonald Murrmann Center for Aesthetics and Laser to cover 360º of women’s health. Dr Murrmann, graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in OB/GYN, specializes in minimally invasive surgery, bio-identical hormones, and has recently completed her fellowship in Anti-aging and Functional Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

N Ellis Neufeld, MD, PhD

Clinical Director, Physician-In-Chief and Executive Vice President St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN, 38105 901-595-3300 Stjude.org

Dr. Neufeld oversees the academic clinical departments and all clinical operations at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He joined St. Jude in early 2017, just as the organization launched a focused effort to increase the number of cancer patients treated locally and on protocols all over the world. A physician-scientist, Dr. Neufeld specializes in non-malignant hematology, including hemophilia, thalassemia and immune thrombocytopenia.

Michael A. Nichols, MA

Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 901-577-7201 www.memphis.va.gov

Nichols was appointed Associate Medical Center Director and Chief Operations Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Memphis, on November 2019. Previously he served as Administrator for the VA, Health Care Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Nichols has also served as a Health System Specialist to the Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas. He is a member of the American College of

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Healthcare Executives and was selected for the University of Maryland University College’s National Leadership Institute, Leadership Development Program Class of 2017. His VA career began in 2001, with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in North Little Rock, where he was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Mental Health Service Line. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Central Arkansas.

managing oncology practices, and currently serves as CEO of McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health. Prior to that, she served as CEO of Integrity Oncology Foundation, BMG. Obaji was a key player in the developing the new McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health’s vision and expansion. Obaji has served as Chair of the American Cancer Society Gala for the past few years. She also started the UT/West Institute Gala in 2019. She is married to Dr. Suhail Obaji, an oncologist at the West Cancer Center.


Keith Norman

Vice President of Government Affairs Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5041

Keith Perry


As vice president of government affairs for Baptist Memorial Health Care, Norman’s primary responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with government officials and strengthening Baptist’s community outreach partnerships. He is pastor of First Baptist Church-Broad, a member of the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission board of directors, a board trustee at Christian Brothers University and a former commissioner of the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance. Norman is the immediate past president of Memphis’ NAACP chapter and now serves on the national board of trustees. A graduate of Morehouse College, Norman earned a doctorate degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2016. Norman is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

O Rola A. Obaji

Chief Executive Officer McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health 7205 Wolf River Blvd Suite 150 Germantown, TN 38138 901-752-4000 mmcwh360.com

Obaji was born in Aleppo, Syria. She moved to Memphis at age 19. She has twenty-two years’ experience in

Senior Vice President/ Chief Information Officer St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN, 38105 901-595-3300 Stjude.org

After Joining St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital four years ago as Chief Information Officer, Perry was given the task of finding the best way to support the staff of researchers and clinicians at St. Jude with technology that advances at a rapid pace. That includes making sure St. Jude acquires technology that improves the way clinicians and doctors treat and follow up with patients. It also ensures researchers have top notch technology to conduct experiments and store data derived from those experiments. Out of his work has come St. Jude Cloud, an online data-sharing and collaboration platform that provides researchers access to the world’s largest public repository of pediatric cancer genomics data. St. Jude Cloud was developed through a partnership between St. Jude and Microsoft.

Nikki S. Polis, PhD, RN

Chief Nursing Executive Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0840 methodisthealth.org

Polis joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in January 2012 as chief nurse executive. Polis is responsible for creating and communicating the

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2020 Memphis Medical News InCharge Healthcare  

A Snapshot of Who’s Leading Memphis Healthcare Into the Next Decade

2020 Memphis Medical News InCharge Healthcare  

A Snapshot of Who’s Leading Memphis Healthcare Into the Next Decade