Pamela A. Oliver, MD (image credit: Novant)


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Novant Health has appointed Dr. Pam Oliver as executive vice president and chief medical officer. In this role, she will have oversight of safety and quality as well as credentialing and engagement of the medical staff across the Novant Health enterprise, one of the largest health care systems in the Southeast. She will also continue leadership over health equity, medical education and clinical research. Oliver previously served as executive vice president of Novant Health and president of the Novant Health Physician Network. She is also a board-certified and practicing OB-GYN.

“Dr. Oliver’s expertise as a skilled OB-GYN and years leading the Novant Health Medical Group have positioned her well to lead as chief medical officer for Novant Health,” said Carl S. Armato, president and CEO, Novant Health. “She has been a constant champion for our patients, as well as a courageous voice for our physicians and advanced practice providers, so that they may provide the safest care possible to the communities we serve. I am confident that as chief medical officer, Dr. Oliver will continue to be a remarkable conduit for enhancing the patient experience through collaboration with all of Novant Health’s physicians.”

Oliver has practiced at Novant Health WomanCare since 2005. She has also served in various leadership capacities at Novant Health, including as submarket leader for specialty clinics in the greater Winston-Salem market, physician service line leader of women’s services for the greater Winston-Salem market and senior physician executive for the Novant Health Physician Network, supporting clinical and business strategy across the system.

“I have had the pleasure of leading the Novant Health Physician Network for the past four years, a role that reinforced my commitment to high quality patient care and physician leadership,” Oliver said. “As chief medical officer, I’ll have the opportunity to expand my focus on safety and quality, medical education, clinical research and health equity, which remains the driving force behind my work as both a physician and a woman of color. I look forward to leading our care teams through an ever-changing industry, so that everyone in our communities has access to and receives remarkable care.”

In addition to her work at Novant Health, Oliver has become an advocate for addressing disparities in Black maternal health, both locally and nationally. She has briefed U.S. congressional committees on Black maternal mortality and participates in panels with physicians and advocates from around the country.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Oliver as vice chair of the State Health Coordinating Council. She is a board member for United Way of Forsyth County and the Boston-Thurmond Community Network focused on revitalization of the oldest African American neighborhood in Winston-Salem. Previously, she served as a consultant for the OWN TV network’s “Own Her Health” project.

A native of eastern North Carolina, Oliver received her undergraduate degree in biology and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and Board of Governors’ scholarship recipient. She also earned her master’s degree in public health (maternal and child health concentration) from the UNC School of Public Health, now called Gillings School of Global Public Health, while enrolled in medical school. (source)

Congratulations, Dr. Oliver!