Leadership

Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D.

Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer and President

About

Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of The Wright Center for Community Health and President of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.

After graduating as a Michael DeBakey Scholar from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, and completing Harvard’s Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program in Boston, she joined The Wright Center in 2001, became President in 2007 and CEO in 2012. Concurrent with her responsibilities as an executive, Dr. Thomas-Hemak is also triple board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and addiction medicine and remains a healer at heart. She sees patients at The Wright Center’s Mid Valley Practice, treating and caring for multiple generations of families, neighbors and friends. This active and passionate engagement with her primary care patients and perspective as a hands-on medical practitioner, she firmly believes, helps enlighten and empower her executive decision-making.

A founding board member of the Scranton-based Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas-Hemak is actively involved in multiple organizations, countless committees and non-profit boards and workgroups aimed at benefiting the community, generating efficiencies in healthcare delivery, and promoting primary healthcare workforce development, both regionally and nationally.  She serves on the Pennsylvania Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Council, and she is a current governing board member of the Keystone Accountable Care Organization, the Institute of Public Policy and Economic Development, the Center for Health and Human Services Research and Action, and Misericordia University. She is an executive committee member and the current chair of the Northeast Area Health Education Center Governing Board, a committee member of the American College of Physicians Northeast PA Council, as well as the treasurer of the American Association of Teaching Health Centers. She also serves on the advisory board of the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s Health Center Controlled Network.

She was instrumental in the creation of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s pioneering National Family Medicine Residency Program, designed to address America’s primary care physician shortage and related health disparities through collaborations with Federally Qualified Health Center partners that serve as learning environments for physician learners.

Additional career highlights include The Wright Center’s 2019 recognition as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-designated Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home with NCQA-recognized School-Based and also Behavioral Health Integration; a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Top 30 Site for National Innovations; a University of California, San Francisco, Center for Excellence in Primary Care and American Association of Medical Colleges’ Premier Primary Care Residency; a Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence (OUD-COE), Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment (PacMAT) program, and a leading partner in Lackawanna County’s Healthy MOMS program for pregnant women struggling with substance use disorder. Dr. Thomas-Hemak has also led The Wright Center’s engagement in the Keystone Health Information Exchange and is a vocal advocate for healthcare information interoperability in regards to electronic medical records. Notably, she led the pioneering efforts for the national establishment of the HRSA-funded Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium, with The Wright Center’s now serving as the largest Teaching Health Center network in America.

Under Dr. Thomas-Hemak’s leadership, The Wright Center aspires to be recognized by the President of the United States as the Health and Human Services gold standard for community-based primary healthcare with integrated workforce development by June 30, 2027.