Joan Lingen

Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Lingen is a 1989 graduate of The Chicago Medical School (now renamed The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) which she attended as a U.S. Navy Health Profession Scholar. As a commissioned U.S. Navy Medical Corps officer, she trained at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California where she completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993. Her subsequent military assignments included being a staff physician at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan and at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. After working with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser) in suburban Washington, DC and in a private practice occupational/urgent care medical group in Virginia Beach, VA, she ultimately relocated to the Eastern Shore of Virginia in 2005. She provided women’s primary care services and served as Clinical Director for the Eastern Shore Rural Health System (ESRHS) for 16 years, prior to being promoted to Chief Medical Officer in August of 2021.

Dr. Lingen’s clinical interests include the integration of telehealth services in the practice of clinical medicine, rural urgent care medicine, and military/veteran’s health issues. She completed the University of Delaware’s Spring 2018 Advanced Telehealth Coordinator Certificate program. Since then, she has been an active participant in the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center’s annual regional summit and served as a member of the summit planning and outreach committees. She is a Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN and a member of several professional organizations, including: the American Association of Physician Leadership, the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of Virginia, the Virginia Telehealth Network, the College of Urgent Care Medicine, the American Medical Women’s Association and Virginia Post 100 of the American Legion. In June of 2022, she was elected to serve as the American Legion Service Officer for Virginia District 1 which covers the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In Oct 2023, she began her 3-year term as the Region 3 (PA, PE, DC, WVA, and VA) Representative to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Board.

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