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CHI Memorial Announces New Physician Leadership

(l-r)   Lee Jackson, M.D., Matt Kodsi, M.D., Ph.D.

(l-r) Lee Jackson, M.D., Matt Kodsi, M.D., Ph.D.


CHI Memorial recently announced a new physician leadership structure.  Matt Kodsi, M.D., Ph.D., was named vice president of medical affairs (VPMA), and Lee Jackson, M.D., was named surgery service line medical director (SSLMD).

“Our vision is that these leaders will strengthen the integration of service lines focused on evidence-based practices, initiate efforts to optimize quality, safety, and the patient experience in partnership with physicians and advanced practice clinicians to deliver superior value to the community,” said Janelle Reilly, market CEO, CHI Memorial. 

As VPMA, Dr. Kodsi will serve as a liaison between physicians, hospital management and community organizations in the market, and work closely with CommonSpirit Health counterparts on medical affairs strategic planning and organization-wide initiatives.  He will strengthen CHI Memorial’s focus on activities designed to improve clinical performance and patient safety in accordance with evidence-based medicine.  He will directly oversee CHI Memorial’s medical staff services.  

For the past six years, Dr. Kodsi has served in progressively responsible medical staff leadership roles at CHI Memorial, most recently as chief of staff, and has served as physician advisor since January. He has served as the medical director for CHI Memorial’s stroke program.  Under his leadership, CHI Memorial earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.  

As SLMD, Dr. Jackson will serve as the dyad leader with the senior vice president for surgery services, the chief of surgery, and the anesthesia medical director to achieve the highest performance of the perioperative, endoscopic, and post-surgical services for CHI Memorial’s three hospitals.  He will strengthen the focus on evidence-based, collaborative clinical care and outcomes driven patient experience.  

Dr. Jackson served as medical director for CHI Memorial Urologic Oncology for nine years and has led the robotic work group.  His leadership and oversight of evidence-based practices and deployment of advanced technologies has led the robotic program to surpass 6,000 procedures overall with CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson surpassing 300 procedures in a year and a half.  Prior to CHI Memorial, Dr. Jackson was a department chair and associate chief of staff at Cleveland Clinic Florida, among many academic leadership posts he held, and brings a wealth of physician leadership experience to advance this important body of work.