HCA Gulf Coast
December 22, 2021

Houston, TX – HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Clarke, M.D. as chief medical officer (CMO), effective January 1, 2022.

Clarke most recently served as chief clinical executive at Oxford VR, an Optum Ventures portfolio company, delivering technology leveraged behavioral healthcare services via virtual reality. Previously, Clarke served as a regional medical director for Envision Healthcare in Dallas, Texas. In this role, he led significant improvements in sepsis, STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, commonly known as a heart attack) and stroke quality measures while simultaneously reducing throughput. He held multiple hospital committee leadership positions and led accreditation and reaccreditation of chest pain, stroke and trauma programs.

“Dr. Clarke is an accomplished veteran, physician leader, healthcare executive and entrepreneur who brings a diverse set of experiences and perspectives to the role,” said Jeanna Bamburg, chief executive officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. “I am thrilled to have him join our senior leadership team and look forward to the contributions he will make to help us continue to deliver innovative, patient-centered care for the communities we serve.”

Clarke earned his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2002. Following additional training in aerospace physiology, he was designated a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon in 2003 and served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia in 2009.

Following residency, Clarke served as an emergency physician in Helmand, Afghanistan during the Battle of Sangin. He transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2014, where he is also a designated flight surgeon, and continues to serve as an inactive reservist.

Clarke is board-certified in emergency medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP).