20 female physician leaders to know for National Women Physician Day

Feb. 3 is National Women Physician Day. Here are 20 female physicians stepping into leadership roles that Becker's has reported on since Jan. 12:

  1. Dr. Nike Shoyinka was appointed medical health officer by the Ingham County, Mich., Board of Commissioners, effective Feb. 17. She steps into the role after serving as medical director for both Ingham and Ionia County Health Departments.
  2. Jessica McHugh, MD, was named chief medical officer of MultiCare Rockwood Clinic based in Spokane, Wash. She joined MultiCare in 2019 as a family medicine physician, serving as the primary medical care director.
  3. Dallas-based Steward Health appointed Marisela Marrero, MD, its inaugural senior vice president for health care equity and diversity, equity and inclusion. She most recently served as vice president of clinical operations at Steward's Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Mass.
  4. Teaneck, N.J.-based Holy Name Medical Center named Vasantha Kondamudi, MD, as its new chief medical officer following a yearlong search. She previously served as executive vice president, network physician executive and chief medical officer at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City. 
  5. Jerilyn Morrissey, MD, was appointed chief medical officer of CorroHealth, a medical consulting and analytics company. She most recently served as senior vice president of clinical and regulatory affairs at Versalus Health, which partnered with CorroHealth in late 2022.
  6. Megan Ranney, MD, was named dean of the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Conn. She joins Yale from the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I., where she has been on faculty since its inception in 2013 and currently serves as deputy dean.
  7. Cheryl Rice, MD, was selected to serve a two-year term as medical chief of staff at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville, Kan., effective Jan. 1.
  8. Julie Park, MD, was appointed chair of the department of oncology for St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She joins St. Jude's from Seattle Children's Therapeutics, where she served as chief medical officer
  9. Mary Billstrand, MD, was named chair of the department of anesthesiology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis. She joins UTHSC from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
  10. Zócalo Health, a healthcare provider group designed for Latino patients, appointed Sarah Lopez, MD, its chief medical officer. She is the group's first Latina CMO and previously served as a patient safety officer and emergency medicine physician at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in West Carson, Calif.
  11. Stephanie Cox-Batson, MD, was named chief medical officer of Unity Health Care, a healthcare network treating an estimated 100,000 patients in Washington, D.C., across nearly 30 health sites.
  12. Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester, Ky., appointed Crystal Kincaid, DPM, chief medical officer. Dr. Kincaid first joined Clark Regional in 2007 as a podiatrist before serving in a variety of leadership roles, including chair of the quality committee and the department of surgery and chief of staff.
  13. Indianapolis-based Riley Children's Health named Mara Nitu, MD, as chief medical officer and Elaine Cox, MD, as chief physician executive.
  14. April Armstrong, MD, was named vice president for orthopedic services for Penn State Health Medical Group, which treats patients throughout central Pennsylvania.
  15. Anne Borgman, MD, joined the board of directors for NiKang Therapeutics with over two decades of clinical development experience, focusing on oncology and hematology therapeutics.
  16. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock named Michelle Krause, MD, chief executive officer for UAMS Medical Center. She joined UAMS in 2002, serving in a variety of administrative roles.
  17. Thuy-Anh Melvin, MD, was named physician-in-chief for Kaiser Permanente's Northern Virginia service area. She first joined Kaiser Permanente as a head and neck surgeon in 2012.
  18. Debra Bogen, MD, was nominated as Pennsylvania's secretary of health by Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro. She previously served as the head of the Allegheny County Health Department.
  19. Ije Akunyili, MD, was appointed chief medical officer of Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey. She stepped into the role Jan. 2 and is the medical center's first Black CMO.

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