American Association for Physician Leadership

Saju Joy


Chief Medical Officer & Chief Physician Executive

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation

Saju Joy, MD, MBA, MS, CPE, serves as Senior Vice President, System Chief Medical Officer and Chief Physician Executive for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation. As the System CMO, he partners with the facility CMOs and physician leaders across Baptist’s 22 hospitals in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee to lead medical staff functions, regulatory compliance and system quality. As the CPE, he has responsibility for Baptist Medical Group, a physician enterprise of over 600 physicians and nearly 400 APPs, that also includes clinical research and graduate medical education.

Before joining Baptist, he spent 11 years at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the Chief Medical Officer for the central division, responsible for quality at Carolinas Medical Center, AH Mercy, 2 Behavioral Health hospitals and the ambulatory clinics. He also served as Facility President of AH Mercy, a 207-bed hospital in Charlotte overseeing all hospital operations. During the COVID-19 response, he led the Atrium’s response in surge capacity management – predicting peak volumes, creating real-time capacity dashboards and helping redistribute clinical resources.

His board roles currently include Church Health (Whole Person Care for Employed but Uninsured patients), Select Care Alliance (CIN), and Medical Practice Solutions (service company focusing on the business of healthcare). His prior board experience includes LifeShare Carolinas (Organ Procurement Organization), Community Hospital Corporation – Charlotte (LTACH) and Levine [History] Museum of the New South.

He graduated from North Carolina State University with electrical and computer engineering degrees and received his MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed OB-GYN residency training at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville and a subspecialty in Maternal Fetal Medicine at The Ohio State University. He has an MBA from Duke University and is board certified in both OB-GYN and MFM.


  • MD
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • MS
    North Carolina State University

  • MBA
    Duke University


  • CPE

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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