A Visionary Physician Leader
Dr. Helton is leading a movement to put physicians back in charge of healthcare, a vision that will improve outcomes and lower costs. Dr. Helton believes that when good doctors are given the right clinical data, and are set free to cultivate one-to-one, personal relationships with patients, then everyone—physicians, patients, and employers—will all perform better.
Dr. Helton has founded five innovative, physician-led healthcare companies based on his philosophy and focused on making patient care better:
Dr. Helton is one of few healthcare CEOs who has direct, personal, responsibility for treating and managing the health of patients every day. For more than 20 years, he has been a practicing specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics with Galen Medical Group, a highly respected multispecialty medical group with 17 locations in East Tennessee. As a Managing Partner at Galen, Dr. Helton recognized the value of using patient population data and clinical performance data to measure and improve patient experiences, prevent disease and reduce the overall cost of care.
Dr. Helton also served as Executive Vice President of Physician Services at Erlanger Health System, a leading academic medical center, and the 7th largest public health system in the nation. In this role, Dr. Helton was responsible for all aspects of physician employment, contracting, office management, networking and performance evaluation—a unique mix of skills and experiences that contribute to the growing success of One to One Health and its development of high-value, local physician networks.
Dr. Helton currently serves on the board of directors of the UT Research Foundation and is a graduate of East Tennessee State University School of Medicine and the Pediatric/Internal Medicine residency program of the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis.
Chief Medical Officer
Quality Assurance and
Clinical Operations, Southeast
Director of Operations
Director of Wellness