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.

Arthur M. Townsend IV, MD, MBA, FACOG, CPHQArthur M. Townsend IV, MD, MBA, FACOG, LSSC, CPHQ

  • Current Position: 
    • Interim President and CEO  – HealthChoice, LLC
    • Vice-President, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer – Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (2016-Present)
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, University of Missouri – Columbia
    • Medical Degree, University of Nebraska – Omaha
    • Residency (Obstetrics and Gynecology), University of Kansas Medical Center – Kansas City
    • Master of Business Administration, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality  (2019 – Present)
    • Governance Committee Member, Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (2019 – Present)

 

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)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

James Ensor, M.D.

  • Current Position:
    • Internal Medicine Physician, Germantown Wellness & Preventive Medicine, PLLC
  • Education:
    • Bachelor's degree in Biology-with Honors, University of the South - Sewanee
    • Medical degree, University of Tennessee Medical Units - Memphis
    • Internal Medicine Residency, Straight Medicine
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Memphis MetroCare Board: 2009-Present
    • HealthChoice Board: 2017-Present
    • Credentials Committee Chairman: 2017-Present
  • Professional Society Memberships:
    • American Medical Association
    • American Society of Internal Medicine (merged with ACP)
    • American College of Physicians
    • Tennessee Medical Association
    • Legislative Committee: 2013-Present
    • TMA Board: 2014-Present
    • TMA Delegate from the Methodist Medical Society: 2017-Present
    • Committee on Legislation: 2010-Present
    • Memphis Medical Society Board: 2004-Present

 

Chuck LaneChuck Lane

  • Current Position:
    • SVP / Chief Financial Officer, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Education:
    • Bachelor's degree, University of Memphis
    • Master of Business Administration, University of Memphis
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Director of Business Planning, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (1996-2001)
    • VP / CFO, Methodist University Hospital (2001-2017)
    • SVP / Associate CFO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (2017-2019)

 

Cassandra Howard, M.D.Cassandra Howard, M.D.

  • Current Position:
    • Vice-President, Chief Medical Officer III Administration, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital
  • Education:
    • Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology, Honors, Howard University
    • Medical degree, Research Honors, Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Dual-degree program), University of Tennessee 
    • Executive Masters of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Haslam School of Business
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Methodist Physicians Leadership Academy 2013 – Inaugural Class
    • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives
    • United States Air Force (USAF), Air National Guard (ANG) service for 31 years; Current position: Assistant for Mobilization & Reserve Affairs (Brig Gen/0-7)
    • Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defence, Health Affairs
    • Defense Health Agency Headquarters, Falls Church, VA

 

Paxton Dickson, M.D.Paxton Dickson

  • Current Position:
    • Surgical Oncology, UT Methodist Physicians
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, Harding University
    • Medical degree, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • Residency (General Surgery), University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Surgery, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    • Board Certified by American Board of Surgery
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
    • American College of Surgeons

 

Michael PaulMichael Paul

  • Current Position:
    • SVP / Chief Strategy Officer, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Education:
    • Bachelor's degree in Business, cum laude, Indiana University
    • Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Past COO and Chief of Staff, WellCare Health Plans (South and Midwest divisions)
    • Past Director of Corporate Strategy, Development and Innovation, Humana

 

Troy Morris

  • Current Position:
    • Family Medicine Physician / CEO Desoto Family Medical Center
  • Education:
    • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Christian Brothers University
    • Medical degree, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
    • Residency (Family Medicine), University of Tennessee Health Science Center, St. Francis Hospital
    • Board Certified by Americal Board of Family Medicine
  • Community Involvement / Career Accomplishments:
    • Fellow American Academy of Family Physicians
    • Clinical Assistant Professor-Department of Family Medicine
    • Clinical Instructor Family Medicine

 

Dwight Dishmon

 

Lisa Young

 

Kin Dempsey

 

Marvin Shapiro