Imamu Tomlinson, MD, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer of Vituity and President of the Vituity Cares Foundation. Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2017, he served as Vituity's President. As a former Regional Director of the Sequoia Region, he led the creation of one of Vituity’s first multihospital, multispecialty, integrated networks. Dr. Tomlinson also served as a member of the Vituity Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015.
In addition, Dr. Tomlinson is a former Chief of Staff for the Adventist Health Central Valley Network, where he continues to practice as an emergency physician. He previously served as Medical Director for Adventist Health's Hanford and Selma emergency departments, which received Vituity Site of the Year distinctions. Dr. Tomlinson also spearheaded an effort to create the network's Department of Emergency and Diagnostic Medicine and later served as its chair.
Dr. Tomlinson holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from St. Lawrence University and a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio and is board-certified in emergency medicine. In 2012, Dr. Tomlinson earned an MBA in healthcare administration from California Coast University.
Published July 22, 2022
Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous people are grossly underrepresented at all levels of healthcare from health system administrators to physicians and registered nurses.
Healthcare has a history of exploiting and excluding people of color. Minority patients are therefore more trusting of clinicians who look like them and who understand their backgrounds and experiences.
Medical school admissions hinge on test scores and grades, which disadvantages many students of color. It’s time for admissions committees to give equal weight to applicants’ diverse experiences and perspectives.
The Vituity Cares Foundation addresses workforce disparities through experiential learning, mentoring, and financial support of young people from disadvantaged communities who are interested in medical careers.