Healthcare Professionals Selected for Montana’s Premier Healthcare Physician Leadership Program

MMA welcomes eleventh class of flagship Healthcare Excellence in Leadership Program



Thursday, May 9, 2024


HELENA – The Montana Medical Association today announced the 10 top-tier Montana healthcare professionals from across the state chosen to participate in the 2024 Healthcare Excellence in Leadership Program.

“We are excited to welcome these accomplished professionals to the leadership program. These 10 members are trail blazers who have the desire to make an impact. The program’s in-depth courses and conversations will propel them to success by leveraging new tools, connections, and knowledge gained to influence positive change.” said Chief Executive Officer Jean Branscum. “The in-depth courses and conversations we cover in this multidimensional leadership program is perfectly suited for those seeking to leverage new tools to be leaders in Montana’s Healthcare landscape and this group is perfectly suited to grow with each other to meet those challenges.”

Montana healthcare leaders selected for the 2024 program are:

  • Bernadette N. Corum, M.D., Family Medicine, CSKT Tribal Health Center, Polson
  • Jenifer P. Dodge, M.D., Family Medicine, St. Peter’s Health, Helena
  • Nick P. Lawyer, PA-C, Family Medicine, Clark Fork Valley Hospital, Plains
  • Zachary S. Meyers, M.D., Family Medicine, Bozeman Health, Bozeman
  • Julia C. Middleton, M.D., OB/GYN, Great Falls OB/GYN Associates, Great Falls
  • Melanie E. Nelson, M.D., Pediatrics, Southwest Montana Community Health, Butte
  • Diane Nowak, M.D., Family Medicine, St. Peter’s Health, Helena
  • David J. Park, D.O., Family Medicine, Rocky Vista University Montana College of Medicine, Billings
  • Shae E. Saunders, M.D., Family Medicine, RiverStone Health, Billings
  • Steven E. Williamson, M.D., Family Medicine, Indian Health Service, Billings


The Healthcare Excellence in Leadership Program was created in 2013 by Montana physicians to help industry healthcare professionals step into new and emerging leadership roles and engage in vital health care policy discussions across the state. Participants in this top-shelf leadership program attend sessions across Montana to learn about the state’s critical healthcare issues and gain the leadership skills needed to create positive change in their practice, hospital, and surrounding communities. The 2024 program brought participants together in Great Falls for the first session on March 22-23.

Over 165 physicians and other healthcare professionals have participated in the leadership program’s first ten years. Past participants have accepted top leadership roles in Montana healthcare institutions and received multiple industry awards, including the MMA’s Legacy of Leadership Award.

The 2024 program was developed through the support of the MMA Foundation and grants provided by The Physicians Foundation, a national non-profit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and helps facilitate the delivery of health care to patients. The MMA Foundation supports physician education in Montana.

For more information or to provide sponsorship for this program, contact the Montana Medical Association at or (406) 443-4000.