Nkem Chukwumerije, MD, MPH, FACP


Senior Lecturer

Clinical Science

Dr. Nkem Chukwumerije provides mentorship and support to medical students and faculty from the equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID), healthcare management, and leadership perspectives at KPSOM. Dr. Chukwumerije serves as President and Executive Medical Director for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, one of Georgia’s largest multi-specialty medical groups, with over 900 clinicians serving more than 300,000 Kaiser Permanente members. Dr. Chukwumerije also serves as national physician leader for the Permanente Medical Groups, ensuring alignment of EID initiatives with Permanente Medicine strategy and collaborating with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in this critical work. He is a current board member and past President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas. He also served as President of the University of Nigeria College of Medicine Alumni Association, North America. He is deeply committed to addressing the medical needs of his native country through his continued service to Faith Alive USA and the Isuochi Progressive Union, organizations devoted to providing medical care and support to underserved areas of Nigeria.

Profile headshot of Nkem Chukwumerije, MD, MPH, FACP

Education and Training

MBBS, University of Nigeria
MPH, Healthcare Management and Policy, University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral training
Residency, Muhlenberg Regional Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University
Fellowship, UCLA, Kennamer Fellowship in General internal Medicine

Professional Positions

Physician in Charge, Division of Hospital Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City
Assistant Area Medical Director
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City
Regional Physician Leader, Care Without Delay
Kaiser Permanente Pasadena
President and Executive Medical Director
The Southeast Permanente Medical Group
National Leader, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
The Permanente Federation
Senior Lecturer, Clinical Science
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Honors and Awards

Leon Cohen Award
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Excellence in Leadership
Life and Times Magazine
Outstanding Leadership and Service Award
Nzuko Ndi Igbo of Northeast Ohio
Everyday Hero Recognition
Kaiser Permanente
Edison Award
National Merit Award
Isuochi Progressive Union
UNCOMAA Outstanding Leadership Award
University of Nigeria College of Medicine Alumni Association
Physician’s Exceptional Contribution Award
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Modern Healthcare
Top 25 Diversity leaders

Scholarly Activities

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts
  • Chukwumerije, N. Equitable Health Care Requires Inclusive Language. Harvard Business Journal. July 19, 2022.