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Board of Governors

The HealthChoice Board of Governors is comprised of Mid-South area physicians and administrative leaders from HealthChoice, MetroCare Physicians, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

The Board of Governors meets once a month to review, discuss, and vote on critical issues and work to improve the healthcare environment for physicians, payors, employers, and patients.

Mitch GravesMitch Graves

  • Current Position:
    • President and CEO of Health Choice, LLC
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and economics, Christian Brothers University
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Board Member for Alliance Health Services, Precision Infusion Memphis, Christian Brothers University, The University Club
    • Member, Economic Club of Memphis
    • Finance Committee, Grace St. Luke’s

 

Carter Towne, M.D.Carter Towne, M.D.

  • Current Position:
    • Gastroenterologist, Memphis Gastroenterology Group P.C.
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree, Memphis State University
    • Medical degree, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences
    • Internship, Residency, and Fellowship, University of Tennessee
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Member, American College of Gastroenterology
    • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Tennessee
    • Chairman of the Board, MetroCare Physicians
    • Board of Governors, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

 

Michael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHEMichael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE

  • Current Position:
    • CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Shaw University
    • Master of Public Health, Emory University
    • Doctor of Health Administration and Leadership, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Board Member for Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis (2009 – Present), Church Health Center (2013 – Present), Soulsville Foundation
    • Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership “Leadership Tennessee 2014 – Class II”
    • Named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare (2012)

 

George Wortham, M.D.George Wortham, M.D.

  • Current Position:
    • Executive Director of Clinical Services, MetroCare Physicians
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Vanderbilt University (Cum Laude)
    • Medical degree, University of Tennessee
    • Residency, University of Tennessee
    • Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Memphis OB/GYN Association P.C. (Past President)

 

Chris McLeanChris McLean

  • Current Position:
    • Executive Vice President of Finance, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Christian Brothers University
    • Master of Business Administration, University of Memphis
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Member of Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Healthcare Financial Management Association
    • Board Member, Wesley Housing

 

Hugh JonesHugh Jones

  • Current Position:
    • Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Carleton College
    • Master of Business Administration, George Mason University
    • Certification in Health Care Management, Georgetown University
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Developed first free-standing emergency hospital in Columbus, Ohio

 

Jon McCullers, M.D.Jon McCullers, M.D.

  • Current Positions:
    • Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)
    • Pediatrician-in-Chief, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine, University of Virginia
    • Medical degree, Internship, Residency, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, St. Jude/UT program
    • Assistant faculty member (2000); full faculty member (2011), St. Jude
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Managed an NIH funded laboratory that studies influenza viruses since 1999

 

Catherine Womack, M.D., FACPCatherine Womack, M.D., FACP

  • Current Position:
    • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, University of Mississippi
    • Medical degree, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • Internship and Residency (Internal Medicine), University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • Board Certified by American Board of Internal Medicine, International Society of Bone Densitometry
    • Certified to read Bone Densities by DEXA
  • Community Involvement/ Career Accomplishments:
    • Fellow American College of Physicians
    • Member, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

 

Kurt Tauer, M.D. FACPKurt Tauer, M.D. FACP

  • Current Positions:
    • Oncologist & Chief of Staff, West Cancer Center
    • Associate Professor of Medicine-Hematology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Education:
    • Medical degree, Saint Louis University School of Medicine (cum laude)
    • Internship and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, Baptist Memorial Hospital
    • Fellowship in Medical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    • Board certified in Oncology and Internal Medicine
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Clinical Instructor, University of Tennessee
    • Past Director of the Palliative Care committee, Baptist Memorial
    • Board Member for American Cancer Society, Methodist Foundation (2012), National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2012)
    • Executive Committee Member, Baptist Care Institute
    • Chairman of the Cancer Committee, Baptist Memorial Hospital
    • President, Community Oncology Alliance
    • Board of Directors, Cancer Clinics of Excellence

 

John Buttross, M.D. John Buttross, M.D.

  • Current Position:
    • Physician, Cresthaven Internal Medicine
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree, Mississippi State University
    • Medical degree, University of Mississippi Medical School
    • Internal Medicine Residency, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis
    • Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • President of the medical staff, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (1999)
    • Chief of staff, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (2001)
    • Board Member, MetroCare Physicians
    • Member of American College of Physicians, Shelby County Medical Society, Tennessee Medical Association

 

Riley Jones, M.D. Riley Jones, M.D.

  • Current Position:
    • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Memphis Orthopaedic Group
    • President, Memphis Orthopaedic Group
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Rhodes College
    • Medical degree, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • Internship, City of Memphis/University of Tennessee
    • General Surgery, Baptist Memorial Hospital
    • Orthopaedic Residency, Campbell Clinic
    • Board Certified by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Board Member, MSK Group
    • Founding Member, MetroCare
    • Past Chairman Orthopaedic Department, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
    • Past Chairman, Mid-South Emergency Medical Council
    • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

 

Neal Aguillard, M.D.Neal Aguillard, M.D.

  • Current Positions:
    • Physician, Pulmonary Medicine, Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists P.C.
    • Medical Director, Methodist Sleep Disorders Centers
  • Education:
    • Medical degree, Louisiana State University
    • Internal Medicine Residency, Baptist Memorial Hospital
    • Fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Diplomat, American College of Physicians
    • Fellow for American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Sleep Medicine

 

Lee McCallum, M.D.Lee McCallum, M.D.

  • Current Position:
    • Physician, MidSouth Family Medicine
  • Education:
    • Bachelor of Science, Rhodes College (formerly Southwestern at Memphis)
    • Medical degree, University of Tennessee
    • Certified by American Board of Family Practice
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Resident of the Year (1988)
    • Top Doctors in America (1996-2014)
    • Board Member, Make-A-Wish of the Mid South
    • Physicians Advisory Group, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Primary Care Group

 

Neal Beckford, M.D.Neal Beckford, M.D.

  • Current Position:
    • Physician, Otolaryngology Associates of the MidSouth
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ohio State University
    • Medical degree & surgical internship, Howard University
    • Residency, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • President of the Bluff City Medical Society (1999-2000)
    • Board of Trust for Opera Memphis
    • Board of Directors for the Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
    • Member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Association of Otolaryngology Administrators

 

Mark Miller, M.D., FACSMark Miller, M.D., FACS

  • Current Position:
    • General Surgeon
  • Education:
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Mississippi State University
    • Medical degree, University of Mississippi Medical Center
    • Certified by the American Board of Surgeon