Mario Ray, MD, FACP, is a physician and Hospitalist Medical Director at Regional One Health and an associate professor in the department of medicine at University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Ray received his medical degree and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Ray is also Hospitalist Medical Director at Regional One Health.
“My mom was an ICU nurse at Regional One Health, in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and brought me to work with her to get her check,” Dr. Ray shared. “While waiting on her, there were several code blues in the unit and the doctor calmly directed everyone to do their jobs and I thought, ‘That is the coolest thing I have ever seen and that is going to be me someday!’”
Dr. Ray has a passion for taking care of patients and doing his best to make a positive impact in their lives. “My favorite philosophy is ‘a good physician has no patients because he has done his job and the patients are healthy and can take care of themselves.’ That is what I work towards,” Dr. Ray said.
Dr. Ray grew up in the Orange Mound/Cherokee Heights area and is grateful for where he is today. “With the help of God and a handful of mentors in my life, I have come a long way,” Dr. Ray shared. “Without the help of others, I would not be where I am today.”