CEP America Appoints New Members to Executive Leadership Team

One of the nation’s largest providers of acute care management and staffing solutions, CEP America, is planning for the future by promoting and expanding its experienced executive team dedicated to transforming healthcare delivery.
In January, the CEP America board announced the appointment of President Imamu “Mu” Tomlinson, MD, MBA, as Chief Executive Officer as of January 2017 to replace current CEO Wesley Curry, MD, FACEP, who joined the company in 1982 and has been on the Board of Directors since 1992.
Today Tomlinson announced additional executive realignments effective January 2017: Theo Koury, MD, will be promoted from Chief Operations Officer to President, and Prentice Tom, MD, will be promoted from Chief Medical Officer to Chief Innovation Officer. The new member of the executive team is Denise Brown, MD, who had been serving as Vice President, Business Development. Her new role will be Chief Strategy Officer, and she will be the first hospitalist and first female member of CEP America’s executive team.
“As the healthcare environment continues to change and become more complex, CEP America’s opportunities continue to expand,” says Tomlinson. “Our executive team members, who have worked together in some cases for decades, share a commitment to leading CEP in building relationships and identifying opportunities nationwide that align with our board’s vision to continue our growth in acute care and beyond.”
Previous to his appointment position as President, Tomlinson served as Regional Director for the Sequoia Region, where he led the integration of one of CEP America's first multi-hospital, multi-specialty integrated networks. He also serves as the Chief of Staff for Adventist Medical Center Hanford and Adventist Medical Center Selma, where he will continue to practice as an emergency physician.
He received his bachelor of science in biology from St. Lawrence University in New York and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He completed his residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio and is board certified in emergency medicine. In 2012, Dr. Tomlinson completed his MBA in healthcare administration from California Coast University.
In his current position as COO, Koury is responsible for day-to-day operations at all CEP America service locations, across all specialties. His mission is to develop and implement operational initiatives aligned with the strategic direction of CEP America while working closely with the organization’s vice presidents. He is a practicing emergency physician at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA.
Koury attended the University of Southern California, where he obtained his bachelor's in biology, and earned his medical degree at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, Va., where he served as Chief Resident and received the John P. McDade Award for "Research in Emergency Medical Care." He has been with CEP America since 1997.
As Chief Medical Officer, Tom oversees CEP America’s performance improvement programs and the development and dissemination of best practices. A noted national speaker, he provides leadership in the areas of risk management, quality, continuing medical education, patient experience and other aspects of emergency care.
Tom holds a bachelor's degree in medical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where he co-founded the Asian Health Organization. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. He was a Kaiser Fellow in Health Policy and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined CEP America in 1993.
Brown has been a leader with CEP America since 2002, when she became Medical Director of Dignity Health’s Sequoia Hospital, a CEP America partner. She has been instrumental in identifying new opportunities for CEP America hospitalist services, first as Director of Practice Development for Galen Inpatient Physicians, then as Vice President of Business Development when Galen transitioned into the partnership. 
Brown is one of the visionaries behind CEP America’s expansion into an integrated multi-specialty organization. She has seen first-hand the positive impacts of integration on the patient experience and on the day-to-day work environment of providers. By combining her grasp of CEP America culture and her real-world insights, she inspires and empowers others to champion the integrated and team-based focused care needed by hospitals today.
Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a medical degree from the University of Chicago with election to Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Brown completed her internal medicine residency at Stanford University. 
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