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Published On 07/11/2011

Meri Armour, MSN, MBA

President and CEO
In 2007, Meri Armour was appointed president and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

She led the hospital during a major fund-raising campaign and opening of a $340 million state-of-the-art facility. Le Bonheur has consistently been named as one of the country’s ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report.

She has served on the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Directors and the Child Health Corporation of America Board of Directors.

Meri currently serves on the board of directors for Urban Child Institute, Tennessee Women's Association, UTHSC Research and Technology Development, Hospital Wing, Children's Hospital Alliance of Tennessee and Memphis Research Consortium.

Meri received a M.S.N./M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and CWRU Weatherhead School of Management.

Jon McCullers, MD


Dr. Jon McCullers is chair of the Department of Pediatrics for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and pediatrician-in-chief for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Before joining Le Bonheur, McCullers worked as a pediatric infectious disease researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

McCullers received his Bachelor of Arts in pre-medicine from the University of Virginia. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also completed his internship and residency. He moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1996 for a Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship with a joint St. Jude/ UT program. He joined St. Jude as an assistant faculty member in 2000 and was named a full faculty member in 2011.

Harris L. Cohen, MD, FACR


Harris L. Cohen, MD, FACR, is radiologist-in-chief for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He also serves as medical director of Radiology for Le Bonheur and as executive chair and professor of the Radiology, Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology divisions of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Cohen graduated from S.U.N.Y Downstate Medical Center and completed fellowship training in diagnostic radiology at Children’s National Medical Center.

He has served as professor and vice chairman (Education & Research) at Downstate, visiting professor and director of Pediatric Imaging at Johns Hopkins, and professor and vice chairman (Research) at Stony Brook School of Medicine. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Radiology, The Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of RadioGraphics, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Ultrasound Quarterly. He is editor-in-chief of the ACR Continuous Professional Improvement teaching modules in radiology.

James "Trey" Eubanks, III, MD


James “Trey” Eubanks III, MD, is surgeon-in-chief for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He also serves as medical director of Trauma Services and chief of Pediatric Surgery for Le Bonheur and as an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

Eubanks received his medical degree from University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed a general surgery residency at UTHSC and a pediatric surgery fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas. Eubanks currently serves on many state trauma committees and advisory councils, including the Committee of Pediatric Emergency Care and the Trauma Care Advisory Council for the Tennessee Department of Health. He serves as chair for the Trauma Care Advisory Council’s Performance Improvement Committee and is also a member of the American Political Science Association’s Pediatric Trauma Committee.


Kathleen Seerup, BSN, MSHA, RN, NE-BC

Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer

Kathleen Seerup is Le Bonheur Children’s vice president of Patient Care and chief nursing officer. Seerup comes from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and brings 31 years of nursing experience. At Lurie, Seerup served as senior director of critical care services since 2012, and before that was director of the pediatric intensive care unit. She has been a bedside nurse and has held numerous progressive nurse leadership positions throughout her career.

Seerup played a critical role in Lurie Hospital becoming the first freestanding children’s hospital in the country to gain Magnet Status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the only children’s hospital to earn the designation four times.


Barry Gilmore, MD, MBA

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Barry Gilmore is vice president and chief medical officer for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Prior to becoming vice president and chief medical officer, Gilmore was Le Bonheur’s director of Emergency Services and chief of Emergency Services.

Gilmore received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine where he also completed his internship and residency. He completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham before joining the Le Bonheur medical staff in 1998. He also is a professor of pediatrics with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Kevin Todd, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Todd joined Le Bonheur as vice president, chief financial officer in June 2013 but has been part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare family since 1996. Todd previously served as CFO at Methodist North Hospital (2008-2013) and Methodist South Hospital (2005-2008). He also worked as director of Finance at Le Bonheur from 2002-2005.

Todd received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Union University in 1993 and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

Todd is currently serves as treasurer for the Le Bonheur Foundation and as treasurer for UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists . He also serves on the board for Le Bonheur Community Health & Well-Being and is an advisor for Le Bonheur Pediatrics.

Janet Phillips, MAEL

Vice President of Planning, Strategy and Business Development

Janet Phillips came to Le Bonheur in 1988 as the director of Marketing and Communications. In 2005, she was promoted to Executive Council and was named vice president of Planning, Strategy and Business Development in 2012.

In her role, Phillips leads values-based culture shaping initiatives at Le Bonheur and throughout Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, focusing on high quality patient- and family-centered care. Phillips also leads short- and long-term strategic planning and goal setting and serves as liaison between the hospital and UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists for regional business development.

Phillips earned a master’s degree with a focus on executive leadership from Christian Brothers University.


Maureen O'Connor, MBA

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Maureen O’Connor is vice president of Institutional Advancement for Le Bonheur. In her role, she leads the efforts of the Le Bonheur Foundation, Marketing, Communications, Media Relations, Public Policy, Trauma Administration and Injury Prevention teams.

Prior to joining Le Bonheur in January 2009, Maureen spent 25 years with The New York Times Company, first in advertising, marketing and sales for the newspaper and most recently as vice president of Sales and executive vice president and Station Manager for WREG-TV News Channel 3 in Memphis, a member of The New York Times Broadcast Company.

A native New Yorker, Maureen earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Iona College and a MBA from Christian Brothers University.

Brandon Edgerson, MS, PharmD

Vice President of Professional Services

Brandon Edgerson, Pharm D, MS, is Le Bonheur’s vice president of Professional Services. In his role, Brandon oversees operations in the Pharmacy, Lab, Radiology, Rehabilitation Services, Nutrition, Spiritual Care, Child Life, Social Work, Volunteer Services and Respiratory Care. Brandon joined the Le Bonheur family in 2006 and served as director of Pharmacy before moving into his current position.

In addition to his work at Le Bonheur, he has held the offices of President and Secretary/Treasurer for TSHP and been involved in various professional organizations such as TPA, Children’s Hospital Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the UTHSC Pharmacy Alumni Board.

Brandon earned his PharmD from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, completed his residency training at The Ohio State University Medical Center and earned his master’s from The Ohio State University.


Henry Chapman

Administrative Director of Support Services

As administrative director of support services, Henry Chapman is charged with Plant Operations and Facilities, Environmental Services, Materials Services/Mail Room, Security, Food Services, patient advocates, interpreters, Information Desk, patient transport, Audio Visual Services, telecom and operators, and Clinical Engineering.

Chapman has served as manager for Central Supply and Project manager for the past five years, and worked for Skanska in building the new hospital 2008-2010. Henry graduated from The University of Memphis in 1998 with a degree in construction management.


Shannon Tacker, CPA

Executive Director of UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists

Shannon Tacker joined UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists in 2012. She has more than 20 years of experience in health care administration, including senior-level management positions in finance and operations. Her areas of expertise include revenue cycle management, financial analysis, practice acquisitions, physician compensation, payer contracting, strategic planning and regulatory compliance.

Most recently, she served as chief financial officer for Baptist Medical Group, Inc. Tacker also served in two vice president roles at UT Medical Group, overseeing Adult Multispecialty Services and Revenue Services, Analysis and Decision Support.