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Leadership for Methodist Medical Group

George Williams, MD, MMM, FACEP | President, Methodist Medical GroupGeorge Williams

George Williams joined the Methodist Health System of Dallas, Texas in January 2016 as the President of the Methodist Medical Group and Senior Vice President for Physician Services. Methodist Medical Group is the multi-specialty medical group affiliated with Methodist Health System and has over 240 medical providers, more than doubling in size since his arrival. He is also the president of the health system’s Accountable Care Organization.

Dr. Williams was previously employed by the MultiCare Healthcare System in Tacoma, Washington where he was the senior physician executive providing operational, clinical, and strategic leadership for MultiCare’s Neuroscience, Surgery, Cancer, Women’s Health, and Cardiovascular Carelines. Prior to 2011, Dr. Williams was an emergency physician practicing at Trinity Health hospitals in southeast Michigan. His leadership activities during this time period include being appointed to the Board of Emergency Physicians Medical Group and serving as Chief of Staff at St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital.

George also served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. His educational accomplishments include attending Baylor University, obtaining a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and completing emergency medicine residency training at the University of Michigan. In 2010, Dr. Williams earned a Masters of Medical Management (MMM) degree from the University of Southern California.

Maria Valdez-Pouwels, CPA | Chief Financial OfficerMaria Valdez Pouwels

Maria Valdez-Pouwels, CPA, is a healthcare executive with more than 20 years of healthcare operational and financial experience. Maria’s finance and operational leadership have resulted in her attracting and holding key positions for multi-state healthcare companies which include Vice President of Physician Operations and Physician Group CFO. Maria has also served as a consultant for the nation’s premier healthcare management consulting firm and has served as an independent consultant for various organizations. Maria’s background in physician alignment and regulatory healthcare compliance, has assisted corporate executives and physician leadership in the implementation of their physician employment strategy. With a wealth of financial and operational health care knowledge and experience, Maria understands both the finance and operations that drives and impacts the performance critical to the success of a healthcare organization and what needs to be done to assist the organization, their leaders, providers and staff to work together effectively to respond to these and other challenges. Her passion is helping health care organizations and their leaders manage with quality and compliance while improving their bottom line.

Stephanie Sturgin, MHA | Vice President of OperationsStephanie Sturgin

Stephanie Sturgin, MHA, has more than 20 years of healthcare administration experience. She obtained her Bachelor degree from Texas A & M University and her Masters’ of Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to joining Methodist Medical Group, Stephanie worked through many levels of administration from managing large private practices to directing operations for a multispecialty practices of more than 400 providers. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations for the Continental Division of HCA Physician Services Group in Denver, Colorado and Wichita, Kansas, Markets. Stephanie believes strongly in the virtue of servant leadership, and sees her role as vice president of operations for Methodist Medical Group as one that removes barriers to success. Stephanie has been married to her husband, Chamberlain, since 2002, and they are the parents of one son, Liam.

Jae Schmidt, MBA | Vice President of Business Development

Jae Schmidt, MBA, comes to MMG from HCA Healthcare/Medical City Healthcare where he served as the director of development for HCA North Texas’ Physician Services Group, and previously as the vice president of Neurosciences, Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Services across HCA’s 10 hospital system including 4 comprehensive and 6 primary stroke centers. Under his leadership the medical group tripled in size across numerous key programs including neurosciences, orthopedics, cardiology, transplant and women’s services.

Before his recruitment to HCA North Texas, Jae worked at Emory University School of Medicine from 1998-2013 and was accountable for the operations and financial performance for several progressively larger departments culminating in the executive leadership of the Department of Neurosurgery and Emory’s MBNA Stroke Center – a program consistently ranked among the top-20 in the United States.

While in Atlanta he also started a European bicycle import business that was highlighted by CNN, WSJ, and was included in Atlanta Magazine’s annual “Best of Atlanta” awards.

Jae earned his bachelor’s degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and his MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Michael Marshall, MD, FAAP, FACP | Chief Medical Officer

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Stephen Mueller, MD | Medical Director, Specialty Care

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Brian Jones, MD | Associate Chief Medical Officer

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Tracy Giacoma, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE | Vice President of Transplant Services

Tracy GiacomaTracy Giacoma has been with Methodist Health System form more than 15 years, and is currently the vice president of Transplant Services. Her career spans more than 35 years in the field of transplantation, which includes 27 years of administration of multi-organ programs at pediatric and adult hospitals, and 11 years in executive leadership roles for transplant multi-specialty physician practices.

In addition to Methodist Health System, Tracy has worked for transplant programs at leading organizations such as Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University, Methodist Hospital of Indiana Health, the University of Kansas, and she has consulted for Transplant Management Group.

Tracy was the 2015 Fourth Recipient of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), National Heckenkemper Transplant Administration Award, recognizing lifetime achievement and her impact on the field of transplantation.

Paulita Barron-Velasquez, MBA | Regional Director, Primary Care

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Nishu Wadhawan, MBBS, MBA | Regional Director, Specialty Care

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Rachel Davis, MHA | Director of Operations, Transplant

Ms. Davis has spent the past 11 years working for hospitals and health systems in the great state of Missouri. Most recently, she worked for a small, rural hospital in Houston, MO, as a key member of the hospital’s executive leadership team. Prior to that, she spent more than eight years with Mercy Health System, Joplin, MO, where she progressively moved up in responsibility from practice manager to executive director. With Mercy Health System, Ms. Davis managed multi-million dollar operating budgets spread throughout several different clinic locations that included 43 providers, one operations manager, and 15 practice managers. While working for Mercy she was selected to be a part of the executive MHA program through Missouri State University, a cohort composed of executive leaders and physicians from across the Mercy Health System.

On May 22, 2011, a very large and destructive EF5 tornado destroyed the hospital, clinic building, and a huge portion of the community. Ms. Davis drew from her administrative skills to help coordinate several clinic moves following the tornado including planning and implementing the final moves into the new clinic tower after the new hospital was built. During the disaster recovery and transition period, Ms. Davis was able to help many of the hospital service lines flourish despite the struggles they faced as an organization.

Although Ms. Davis comes to Methodist from Missouri, she is thrilled to move back to Texas where she first lived with her husband when they were newlywed. They now have three children, Callie, Tucker, and Marlee. Most of her spare time is currently spent cheering for her kids at the ballfield. When she isn’t doing that, she loves riding horses, gardening, running, and cooking for her family.

Robert Davis, MBA | Regional Director, Primary Care

Robert joined Methodist Medical Group in August of 2017 as Director of Operations. In this role, he is responsible for the growth and profitability of multiple group practices. During his time with Methodist Medical Group, he has successfully launched two primary care clinics and two cardiovascular clinics, overseen the addition and onboarding of 15 providers to the medical group, and led the implementation of MyChart direct scheduling.

Robert obtained his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a masters of Business Administration from Baylor University. Prior to joining Methodist Medical Group, he served eight years in the US Navy, starting out as a lead surgical technologist and advancing to practice administrator. Robert has been married to his wife, Shay, since 2006, and they are the proud parents of two girls Ariana and Lauren.

Ruth Barclay | Marketing Director

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Tim Gee | Director of Finance

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Scott Harris, MBA | Director of Virtual Care Scott Harris

Scott Harris joined Methodist Medical Group in April 2020 as the Director of Virtual Care. He obtained his Bachelor or Arts in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a masters of Business Administration specializing in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Prior to joining Methodist Medical Group, he led several virtual care expansion and growth initiatives. He also helped develop, implement and build a multi-faceted comprehensive telemedicine program for CHISTUS Health. His cumulative experience allows him to engage process owners through hands-on support and guidance to unleash innovation and implement proven best practices resulting in a more coordinated, efficient, quality-driven care delivery system. Scott has been married to his wife Mary since 2011, and they are the proud parents of three girls - Allie, Arden and Eleanor.