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My passion is to lead healthcare companies by focusing on quality, safety, company culture, efficiency and team building.  I have expertise on clinical practice, leadership development, patient safety, quality, and risk mitigation.  Technology is an important tool and I have expertise leveraging technology to solve healthcare problems.  I am co-founder of healthcare tech companies as well as serve in executive, advisory and board positions for many others.

Work experience

Apr 2021Present

Emergency Physician

Hawaii Emergency Physicians Associated

Partner track attending physician providing coverage at Kona Community Hospital, Queens North Hawaii Community Hospital and Hilo Medical Center.

Oct 2019Present

Chief Medical Officer

New Frontier Aerospace

New Frontier Aerospace was founded with the vision of revolutionizing rocket powered transportation. NFA designs and builds a unique vehicle that combines the speed of the rocket, a global range, and the precision & flexibility of the helicopter.  I am developing medical applications and responsible for business development in the healthcare space.

Aug 2017Present


Drone Delivery Systems

Providing end-to-end secure drone delivery to customers.  We developed the world's first IOT connected, smart, secure, drone delivery receptacle.  We are partnering globally with logistics companies to provide a secure mailbox, suitable for both ground and drone delivery.  We were the first in the world to perform a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone flight with automated, precision delivery into a secure receptacle.

Mar 2016Present

Board of Directors

Fruit Street Health, PBC

Member of the board of directors for NYC based healthcare company providing telemedicine addressing chronic diseases associated with obesity.  Year over year revenue growth of 300%

Jul 2015Present

Chief Medical Officer/Co-Founder


Co-Founded medical software company that is implementing software on multiple platforms for healthcare systems to solve care transition problems and facilitate readmission reduction through better communication, enhancing patient compliance and streamlining work flow.

Oct 2012Present

Editorial Advisory Board


Serve in an advisory capacity with FierceHealthcare to provide input, write stories, and participate on panels and webinars.

Feb 2020Mar 2021

Medical Director Stroke Committee

Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital

Led multidisciplinary team ensuring quality stroke care at this certified primary stroke center hospital.  Responsible for achieving performance metrics, leading ongoing educational opportunities, assuring ongoing reviews and  stroke center certification.

Aug 2005Mar 2021

Emergency Physician

Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital—Leonardtown, MD

Partner physician for over 15 years

Mar 2016March 2020

Executive Committee Member Board of Trustees of USACS PAC

US Acute Care Solutions

Political Action Committee focusing on advancing high quality emergency care for patients.

May 2013Mar 2020

Physician Champion Patient Safety

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Patient safety educator for Medstar Health assisting with system wide roll out on journey to become High Reliability Organization (HRO).
Mar 2016Aug 2019

Executive Director USACS PSO

US Acute Care Solutions

Led the Patient Safety Organization for US Acute Care Solutions to create solutions and processes to enhance patient safety as well as evaluated safety events and near miss events.   The PSO encompassed over 6 million patient visits per year and over 2,500 clinicians in over 20 states.

Jul 2013Apr 2019

Regional Medical Director

US Acute Care Solutions

Led multiple hospital emergency departments and responsible for financial performance, efficiency, safety, and quality KPI's.  Responsible for leadership development of site Medical Directors and foster relationships with multiple hospital medical staff and C-suite.   Region included Maryland, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Jan 2016Jan 2017

Vice President Mid Atlantic Region

US Acute Care Solutions

Regional executive in new company formed by merger of MEP Health with EMP, EPPH and TBEP.  Responsible for quality, safety, clinician scheduling in the regional market.

Jan 2014Jul 2016

Medical Director Travel Providers-Mid-Atlantic

US Acute Care Solutions

Led all of USACS Mid-Atlantic Region's travel physicians and advance practice providers in a virtual campus format to maintain a high quality pool of flexible providers to help growth.

Jan 2015Jan 2016

Vice President for Patient Safety

MEP Health

Led patient safety process development, monitor and prevent serious safety events, and disseminated best practices across the organization.  Supported Medical Directors with expertise in patient safety.

Dec 2012Dec 2015

Managing Partner

MEP Health

One of nine owners and partners responsible for operations of the company including P&L, strategic planning and implementation, develop new service lines and growth through new hospital partnerships.  Founding member of risk committee, responsible for malpractice risk reduction, development of  best practices and evaluating "at risk" providers.  Co-Founder of MEP Health's quality committee designed to oversee core measures, efficiency, utilization, and patient experience metrics as well as all provider educational activities for the company. 

Jun 2013Jul 2015

Member Emergency Medicine Leadership Council

Medstar Health

Worked on council of all ten Medstar Hospital's emergency medical directors to achieve performance metrics, reduce intradepartmental variability, and assure quality of care.

Sep 2006Dec 2013

Chair of Emergency Medicine

Medstar St. Mary's Hospital

Led a 58,000 patient volume emergency department and 12,000 patient volume urgent care.  Maintained company culture, responsible for developing and supporting leaders in the department, process improvement, and achieving efficiency, quality and safety metrics.  Served on the Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital Med Exec Committee and Credentials Committee, developing relationships and collaboration between medical staff departments to ensure optimal patient care throughout the hospital.

Jan 2008Dec 2012

Campus Partner

MEP Health at Medstar St. Mary's Hospital

Director of Clinical Operations as a practice  owner at this hospital emergency department, responsible for P&L for this contract and relationships with C-suite.

Jan 2007Jul 2009

Consultant for EMR selection, adoption and implementation

Medstar St. Mary's Hospital

Served in a paid consulting role to evaluate multiple EMR vendors, select EMR, and bring project through design, flow, implementation and maintence.

Mar 2006Sep 2006

Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine

Medstar St. Mary's Hospital

Supported the Chairman, process development, customer relations with patients and maintained strong medical staff relationships.

Jul 2003Jul 2005

Staff Emergency Physician

Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, IL

Clinical practice of emergency medicine in 50,000+ community emergency department

Jan 2001Jan 2004

Co-Founder, Corporate Officer

Physician Staffing Solutions

Staffing company for physicians covering medical facilities in Chicago metro area on a temporary basis.

Jul 2001Jul 2003

Staff Emergency Physician

Lincoln Park Hospital, Chicago, IL

Part time moonlighting physician providing emergency care.


Jul 1998Jun 2003

Residency in Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine

Midwestern University

Consistently in top 10% yearly inservice test scores

Aug 1994Jun 1998

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Des Moines University

Graduated in top 10% of class

Aug 1988Jun 1992

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Minor: Chemistry

Graceland University
Jan 1989May 1990

Undergraduate work

Iowa State University

Hospital Affiliations

Jun 2021Present

Queens North Hawaii Community Hospital—Waimea, HI

Jun 2021Present

Kona Community Hospital—Kailua Kona, HI

May 2021Present

Hilo Medical Center—Hilo, HI

Aug 2005Mar 2021

Medstar St. Mary's Hospital--Leonardtown, MD

Served as Chairman of Department of Emergency Medicine and on Executive Committee and Credentials Committee

Feb 2014Feb 2020

Christiana Care Union Hospital--Elkton, MD

Feb 2012Mar 2021

Bristol Hospital--Bristol, CT

Feb 2015Nov 2019

Nantucket Community Hospital--Nantucket, MA

Apr 2017Apr 2019

Yale Lawrence and Memorial Hospital--New London, CT

Served as Chairman of Department of Emergency Medicine and on Executive Committee and Credentials Committee

Jun 2013Jul 2015

Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital--Clinton, MD

Aug 2013Feb 2015

Frederick Hospital--Frederick, MD

Jul 2003Aug 2005

Advocate South Suburban Hospital--Hazel Crest, IL



Certified Professional in Patient Safety

Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety
Jan 2016Dec 2025

Board Certified in Emergency Medicine

American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine
Jan 2015Dec 2024

Board Certified in Internal Medicine

American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine


State of Massachusetts-inactive

State of Connecticut-active

State of Maryland-active

State of Indiana-inactive

State of Illinois-inactive

State of Hawaii-active


J. Tucker, “The No-Interruption Zone,” Emergency Physicians Monthly, Feb 2014, 16,27.
J. Tucker, C. Stratford, C. Flores, M. Killian, R. Hellstern, R. Strauss, “Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in Emergency Medicine,” in Emergency Department Management, R. Strauss, T. Mayer, McGraw Hill, 2014, pp. 145-151.
J. Tucker, “A Role for Drones in Healthcare,” Hospital Impact, Dec 10, 2013.
J. Tucker, “Turn Emergency Docs into End-Of-Life Experts,” Hospital Impact, Nov 27, 2013.
J. Tucker, “Closing the Provider-Psych Patient Information Gap,” Hospital Impact, Aug 14, 2013.
J. Tucker, “Reducing Medical Errors Through Improved Communication,” The Shift, May 24, 2011.
J. Tucker, “Competition: Patient Satisfaction vs. Unnecessary Testing—Who Wins?” The Shift, Aug 20, 2011.
J. Tucker, “Drug Shortages in the ER,” The Shift, April 1, 2011.
J. Tucker, “Improving Healthcare Literacy,” The Shift, Mar 14, 2011.
J. Tucker, “What Does Meaningful Use Mean to You?” The Shift, Mar 8, 2011.
J. Tucker, “Efficiency,” The Shift, May 28, 2010.

Awards and Honors

Maryland Performance Excellence Award-Platinum (State Baldrige), Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital 2014
George Mason University College of Health and Human Services Improvement of the Year Award 2008
Sigma Sigma Phi (National Osteopathic Honorary Society)
Ciba-Geigy Award for community service 1996
Nominated for Student D.O. of the Year 1996

Professional Memberships

American College of Healthcare Executives                                                                                                   
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 
Fellow American College of Emergency Physicians 
Maryland ACEP 
American College of Physician Executives 
Vistage Chief Executive Program
Fellow American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians 
Fellow American College of Osteopathic Internists 
American Osteopathic Association


Board of Directors, Red Cross of Southern Maryland                                                                           2018-2021                

Risk Management Committee, MEP Health                                                                                            2011-2019

EM Practice Committee, ACEP                                                                                                                 2011-2021
Practice Management Committee, ACOEP--Chair                                                                                 2011-2021
Cardiology Council, Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital                                                                                    2010-2013
Physician IT Advisory Committee, Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital                                                             2007-2011
Medical Executive Committee, Medstar St. Mary's Hospital                                                                  2006-2013
Credentials Committee, Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital                                                                             2006-2013
Peer Review Committee, Medstar St. Mary's Hospital                                                                            2006-2011
President, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Central Iowa Chapter                                                      1997-1998
President, Young Professionals “With Heart”, Des Moines, IA                                                                1996-1998
Delegate, American Heart Association - Iowa Delegate Assembly                                                        1996-1997
Chair, American Heart Association Speakers’ Bureau                                                                             1996
Secretary, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Central Iowa Chapter                                                       1994-1996
Executive Committee, MDA, Missouri Valley Chapter                                                                              1993-1994

Continuing Medical Education

National Patient Safety Foundation Congress 2017, 2018, 2019

ACEP Leadership and Advocacy 2017, 2018

Connected Health Conference 2016

ACOEP Scientific Assembly 2016, 2017, 2018

ACEP Scientific Assembly 2016--Speaker

HIMSS Connected Health Conference 2015
ACEP Scientific Assembly, Urgent Matters Patient Safety 2015
ACOEP Scientific Assembly 2015
Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine 2015
ACEP Scientific Assembly, Urgent Matters Patient Safety 2014
ACOEP Scientific Assembly 2014
PSR Leadership Summit 2014
ACOEP Scientific Assembly 2013
ACEP Scientific Assembly 2013
PSR Leadership Summit 2013
ACOEP Scientific Assembly 2012
Risk Management in Acute Care 2012
PSR Leadership Summit 2011
HIMSS11 Healthcare IT Annual Conference and Exhibition 2011
mHealth Summit 2010
ACOEP 2010 Scientific Assembly 2010
ACEP Annual Scientific Assembly 2010
ACEP Regional Leadership Workshop 2009
ACOEP Spring Seminar 2009
68th ACOI Annual Conference and Scientific Sessions 2008
Emergency Department Directors' Academy Phase I, Dallas, TX 2007
Emergency Department Directors' Academy Phase II, Dallas, TX 2007