Travers works with Michael Chang, M.D., chief medical officer for USA Health, to optimize the health system’s resources, improve efficiencies in work processes and promote a team approach to patient-centered care.
By Lindsay Lyle
As a physician-leader, Ara Travers, M.D., brings her unique perspective to USA Health as the new assistant chief medical officer and medical director of clinical care management.
“Opportunity is what drew me to USA Health – opportunity to be part of a leadership team that is committed to establishing USA Health as the regional standard for excellence in patient care, medical education and community impact,” she said. “In the ever-changing medical environment, USA Health must be strategically positioned to meet the needs of our community by not only adapting to these changes but by finding ways to flourish. I believe we have the talent and the commitment to reach those goals.”
In her role as assistant chief medical officer, Travers works with Chief Medical Officer Michael Chang, M.D., to optimize the health system’s resources, improve efficiencies in work processes and promote a team approach to patient-centered care.
As medical director of clinical care management, she collaborates with multiple departments to ensure that patients continue to receive quality care in an efficient manner and have a timely recovery, and give them the tools they need to continue a path of good health and wellness.
In addition to her leadership roles, Travers cares for patients admitted to USA Health University Hospital as a hospitalist with Jag Services.
“By engaging in patient care directly, I am hoping to identify areas of success and opportunities for improvement within the system,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working not only with the other hospitalists but also with all the different specialties that are part of the USA Health team, including attending physicians, residents and students.”
For more than 20 years, Travers has been a physician in inpatient and outpatient settings. Most recently, she worked as a hospitalist and served as the hospitalist program director at Ascension Providence Hospital in Mobile. Previously, she was the home health medical director at Deaconess Home Health in Pascagoula, Miss., and worked in private practice at South Coast Physicians in Pascagoula.
Travers received a medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She completed residency training in family practice at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Ga. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama.
Travers is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, Alabama State Medical Association and Mississippi State Medical Association.