Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting - The Wright Center for Community HealthPresident - The Wright Center for Graduate Medical EducationCo-Chair - The Wright Center for Patient and Community Engagement
Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Wright Center for Community Health and President of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. She serves as Ex-Officio for The Wright Center for Community Health Board of Directors, President of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of The Wright Center for Patient and Community Engagement.
A graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard’s Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency, she joined The Wright Center for Community Health in 2000 and became CEO in 2012. She is a board-certified, practicing, academic Internal Medicine/Pediatrics/Addiction Medicine primary care provider at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Mid Valley Practice.
Dr. Thomas-Hemak guides competency-driven curriculum and assessment methodologies and serves as an active faculty lead and mentor to residents, fellows and colleagues. She brings particular expertise linking individual and team-based trainees’ educational outcomes with population management and health outcomes to ensure continuous, mutually beneficial care delivery process improvements specifically responsive to population health needs. Her solution-oriented innovations in GME and primary care have been well-recognized organizationally, regionally and nationally, and have also been spread throughout partnering healthcare organizations.
She serves on the Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Council, established by a statute to assist the Department of Human Services in ensuring comprehensive review and development of a PCMH model for Pennsylvania. Dr. Thomas-Hemak is also an advocate for behavioral health integration into primary care delivery systems and inter-professional healthcare workforce development. She has a particular passion for “Closing the Loop” and the leading role of medical homes in effective care coordination and transitions of care.
Dr. Thomas-Hemak was a founding board member of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, as well as Chair of its Academics Coordinating committee and Strategic Planning and Audit committees. She also served as Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, and successfully led integration of the ACGME, PCMH and EMR Meaningful Use Competencies into curriculum. She has been a primary healthcare specialist consultant for the Bureau of Primary Health Care to promote Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education funding eligibility at a national level. She also has pioneered implementation of School-Based Health Center services within four regional public school districts.