Marcia Nelson

Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at Enloe Medical Center


Dr. Marcia Nelson has been at Enloe Medical Center since September 1989. In addition to being a family practice physician, Dr. Nelson has held many leadership roles within the organization. She served as vice president of Medical Affairs (VPMA) since July 2005 and became the chief medical officer in 2017.

In this role, Dr. Nelson provides physician perspective to the operations of the organization and develops and supports physician leadership to enhance the quality of care for patients. Her primary focus has been the annual Quality Summit, which highlights the past year’s quality improvement successes and helps set the new quality priorities.

In December 2011, the California Hospital Association awarded Dr. Nelson the Ritz E. Heerman Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of patient care in California. In May 2008, she was the first recipient of the Enloe Spirit of Planetree Physician Champion Award. She was a recipient of the Enloe Quality Award in 1997 (as part of the pneumonia quality improvement team) and was the Chico Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Woman in Healthcare in 2004.

Dr. Nelson graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Chico, in 1982 (biological chemistry). She graduated from UCLA School of Medicine in 1986 and completed her family medicine residency in Merced, Calif., in 1989.

She received a master's degree in medical management from USC in 2012, her CPE board certification from the CCMM in 2013 and is a fellow of the American Association for Physician Leadership. Dr. Nelson was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in 2000.



  • Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

    September, 2005 - present

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