Dr. Stephen Woodruff takes over as Chief Medical Officer of the NEA Baptist Health System


After a 40-year career in outpatient clinical work, Dr. Stephen Woodruff has been appointed full-time chief medical officer of the NEA Baptist Health System. He will lead the day-to-day operations and strategic development of the NEA Baptist medical staff as the top executive physician at NEA Baptist Hospital.

“Dr. Woodruff’s dedication and impact will only accelerate as he assumes the full-time role of Chief Marketing Officer that he has held in his many roles and responsibilities for many years now. Dr. Woodruff will now have the opportunity to focus on impacting patient care from a systemic perspective as he guides our institution through the next 100 years of health care in the northeast. ‘Arkansas,” said Sam Lynd, CEO and administrator of NEA Baptist.

Woodruff wrote a letter to his patients explaining the move.

“Early in life, I dreamed of becoming a doctor. Fortunately, my dream came true with training at UAMS, service in the United States Navy, and nearly 40 years of practice here in Jonesboro. Along the way, I ive been blessed with many awards and the chance to contribute to the growth of the Jonesboro medical community, however my greatest blessing has been the opportunity to be your primary care physician during good and sometimes difficult times. Teaching a talented group of internal medicine residents, many of whom are on our staff, has also been very rewarding.Since 1994 I have also held the position of medical director of the clinic and more recently the same role in the hospital,” he said. Words cannot express my gratitude for the trust you have shown in me as a doctor for all these years. I will truly miss each of you, but I feel that I’ll let you in and good hands.

Woodruff received a master’s degree from the American College of Physicians in 2019 – an award given to physicians nominated by their peers as highly accomplished and making significant contributions to the field of medicine. Woodruff was one of only 50 worldwide to receive this honor in 2019.

As Chief Medical Officer, Woodruff will provide his knowledge and expertise to ensure the health system remains equipped, safe and ready to serve the community as the COVID crisis continues to affect the region. He will remain a mentor to many physicians within the system and was instrumental in developing the medical staff available to patients in Northeast Arkansas and the surrounding area.


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