Dr. Jeff Davis Accepts Administrative Position at Medical School


February 7, 2022

Dear Editor: 

I'm Dr. Jeff Davis and I am currently a family practice physician at Memphis Medical Services and serve as the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland County Hospital and Clinics.  I began working in the hospital in 2001 while completing my residency training at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  In 2003, I moved to Memphis along with my family to begin practice as a family medicine doctor working in the ER, nursing home, clinic, inpatient wing of the hospital as well as the surgical and obstetric departments.  

Our two daughters, Sadie and Clara, completed all of their elementary and secondary education here in Scotland County.  My wife, Trinity, and I have lived and worked in the community ever since.  We have enjoyed and served in this wonderful community and plan to call Memphis home for many years to come.

Perhaps you have recently heard rumors that we are leaving Memphis and that I am closing my practice at the hospital and clinic.  I simply wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what is happening in our lives and with my career.  Late last fall, an opportunity in leadership and administration became available at A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU).  This is my alma mater, and I was honored to be considered for this role.  Then, after a selection process by the University, I was offered an administrative appointment to become the Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs.  After many hours of discussing this opportunity with my family and other healthcare leaders, I decided this was in line with my career aspirations and goals, and I have accepted the position.

Since becoming a physician, I have been very involved in medical student and nursing education.  I have been a long time member of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) participating in the development of continuing medical education as the chairman of their education committee.  I have served on their board of trustees for several years and was elected in 2017 to serve a term as President of MAOPS.  Throughout my career, I have grown and developed an interest in healthcare leadership and have maintained close relationships with the osteopathic medical schools and state organizations in Missouri.  Last summer, I was elected by the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) House of Delegates to serve as third Vice-President on the AOA’s Board of Trustees.  I have always enjoyed advocating for and addressing issues that deal with the delivery of healthcare to our patients, especially in rural areas.    

During my transition to ATSU, I will continue to work in a full-time capacity at SCH as I have for more than 20 years. This new position, which will begin this May,  will give me the opportunity to share my experiences and real-world perspective with the medical students and staff at ATSU in Kirksville.  

To be clear, we are not moving away from Memphis.  We will continue to reside on our family farm outside of town.  I have told hospital administration and the Board of Directors that I would like to continue my service to this great institution and community in an alternate role providing some weeknight and weekend call coverage for the inpatient, pediatric and obstetric services.  In addition, I have reached an agreement with ATSU-KCOM allowing me to continue a few days per month attending to the care of the patients at the nursing homes I currently serve.  I am also willing to continue to provide oversight of the nurse practitioners assisting me in these nursing homes along with continuing medical director leadership at the Edina and Lancaster clinics if needed.  The hospital board and administration know that I want to continue to be of assistance to this hospital and community.

We have already begun our recruiting efforts to bring new physicians here to Scotland County Hospital. Our goal is to provide high quality healthcare with a personal touch to our neighbors, friends and loved ones, close to home. 

As you can imagine, this has been a difficult decision for my family and me. I have developed such great relationships with so many patients and colleagues over the years.  As a rural doctor, I have been able to care for and touch the lives of so many.  But, as faculty at the medical school in Kirksville, I will be able to assist in the development of more than 150 doctors per year that will go out into the world and touch, exponentially, more lives.  I also hope that through mentoring and coaching, I can encourage many of them to consider practicing medicine in rural areas like ours with such a great need for access to high quality healthcare.

Your hospital is in very good hands! Our highly-skilled doctors and staff are resolved to lead a strong and mighty rural hospital in northeast Missouri. Do not fear for our hospital's future. Now is a time to support Scotland County Hospital and Clinics in any way possible. As I've always said, please look to us first to meet all of your health care needs. We provide a wide range of services and specialty care and continue to be the best place for you to seek care when you need it, and we're close to home. 

I want to thank the patients and their families who have entrusted their well-being and healthcare to me for more than two decades.  I must also give credit to the excellent nurses, receptionists, and staff for helping me serve you. I truly believe the great clinicians at Scotland County Hospital will continue to take wonderful care of you and our community well into the future.  I’m glad I will continue to be able to interact and work with these wonderful employees at SCH. 

Finally, I want to thank the people of this absolutely amazing community and county for welcoming me and my family here so many years ago.  Northeast Missouri is a great place to live and raise a family.  We are fortunate that we landed here, and we can’t think of a better place to stay.


Dr. Jeff Davis

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