Leadership Memphis has honored Jon McCullers, MD, as one of ten 2022 Change Makers for his work in infectious disease. Besides helping leaders and laypeople understand the complexities of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the various treatments, he was at the forefront of building testing and vaccination systems that quickly benefited everyday citizens.
Change Makers are a rare species, according to Leadership Memphis. Each has impacted the community in a big, positive way. Their work has helped enhance the quality of life and livelihoods of others and made Memphis a better place in the process.
Dr. McCullers is senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs and chief operating officer for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is also pediatrician-in-chief at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
A panel of 10 judges selected the winners from hundreds of nominations.
Leadership Memphis will present the award on March 11 in a virtual ceremony.
Dr. McCullers has been recognized numerous times during the pandemic. In January, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland honored him as an MLK Luminary Award winner. In 2020, he received the MBJ Health Heroes Award from the Memphis Business Journal and the Dream Hero Award from Legacy of Legends Community Development Corp.
Dr. McCullers serves on the Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force. He is also a member of the board of health for the Shelby County Health Department.