Memorial Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Kevin Lewis
Kevin Lewis

Kevin L. Lewis, M.D. joined Memorial Health Care System as chief medical officer. Previously, Dr. Lewis was chief medical officer and chief quality officer for Hillcrest Healthcare System, Tulsa, Ok., a 691-bed health system with more than 5,000 employees and 180 employed physicians.

“A radically different world of health care inspires us to reconsider how we will go beyond delivering exceptional medicine to creating exceptional health,” said James Hobson, Memorial Health Care System CEO. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Lewis’ leadership as we redesign our approach to care management for the Chattanooga region.”

Dr. Lewis has more than 10 years of experience in private practice pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Lewis earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio; served an internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha; was a resident at the Oklahoma University College of Medicine, Tulsa; and was a fellow in pulmonary, critical care and sleep at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and University of Kentucky, Lexington


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