Dr. Ugwueke is an accomplished healthcare executive with over 27 years’ experience and track record of developing partnerships with physicians, associates, and community leaders to address healthcare needs in the community while achieving higher levels of organizational performance.
Since his arrival in Memphis in 2007 to Lead Methodist South Hospital, Dr. Ugwueke has completely transformed the hospital and has achieved clinical excellence, market share growth, financial and cultural turnaround of the hospital. Given his accomplishments at South, Dr. Ugwueke was asked in June of 2009 to take over the leadership of Methodist North Hospital in addition to leading Methodist South. In 2012, Dr. Ugwueke was promoted to Executive Vice President and COO for the System and in 2014 he was again promoted to President/COO for the System and President / CEO for all seven Memphis Hospitals.
Dr. Ugwueke is very active in the Memphis Community, as a leadership Memphis alumni, Dr. Ugwueke is very interested in improving education and youth development. As a result, he is currently serving on the board of Memphis Academy of Health Sciences one of the state's charter schools. In addition, he is on the Central board of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis. He has been recognized by the State, County and City elected officials for his efforts to improve access to quality healthcare in the community.
Dr. Ugwueke is a member of various organizations, including NAHSE and ACHE where he is Board Certified in Healthcare Management and a fellow of the college. He has a strong interest in mentoring students and fellows and a well-earned reputation of developing managers and challenging them with significant opportunities to excel.
Dr. Ugwueke received his Doctorate in Health Administration and Leadership (DHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Planning from Emory University, and his Bachelors (B.S.) degree in pre-med./biology from Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina. In 2012, Dr Ugwueke was honored as a top 25 minority Healthcare Executive in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Dr. Ugwueke and his wife Rebecca have two children, Michelle and Michael, Jr.