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Memorial Health System Announces Chief Medical Officer

Shawn Dufford, M.D.
Shawn Dufford, M.D.

Gulfport, Mississippi — August 15, 2023 Memorial Health System today announced Shawn Dufford, M.D., has joined the Memorial team as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Dufford will work with health system leadership to oversee quality, safety, patient experience, medical staff services, medical directors, and hospital-based physician services. He will also serve as a liaison to Memorial medical staff.

Dr. Dufford joins Memorial with extensive experience in hospital and medical staff operations. His most recent role was Senior Vice President and System Chief Medical Officer with SCL Health, overseeing eight hospitals in Colorado, Kansas, and Montana.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Colorado, and a medical doctorate from Ross University before completing a residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado. He received his master’s degree in business at the University of Denver and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in data science and analytics.



Memorial Health System has been serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1946. Located in Gulfport, Mississippi, Memorial is a not-for-profit medical complex jointly owned by the City of Gulfport and Harrison County. The Memorial footprint includes multiple hospitals licensed for 328 beds, a state-designated Level II Trauma Center, two nursing centers, four outpatient surgery centers, satellite outpatient diagnostic and rehabilitation centers, and close to 100 Memorial Physician Clinics. Memorial offers several of the region’s most comprehensive clinical programs and medical specialties unique to the area, including a Level III Neonatal ICU and Mississippi’s first nationally certified Primary Stroke Center. Visit wearememorial.com to learn more.

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