Dr. Joseph M. Nicholson
Vice President & National Medical Director of Payor & Employer Relations
Joseph M. Nicholson III, DO is the Vice President and National Medical Director of Payor and Employer Relations for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center. Dr. Nicholson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He went on to complete a medical degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During college and prior to medical school, Dr. Nicholson was commissioned as a United States Army officer, and he served as detachment commander for the 203rd Combat Engineers with time spent in Honduras and Panama. Dr. Nicholson completed an internship at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center and was Chief of Emergency Medicine at Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Upon leaving the military, Dr. Nicholson completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 2002, Dr. Nicholson left private practice to join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK), as the Medical Director of Medical Services, overseeing utilization management, case management, appeals and the fraud unit as well as the Fiscal Intermediary Medical Director for Chisholm, which was the Part A Medicare Plan for Oklahoma. He was promoted in 2007 to the position of BCBSOK Vice President of Health Care Management and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Nicholson has practiced medicine in corporate and private practice for more than 20 years and has been with CTCA since 2010. He is a member of Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma, serves on the board for the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust, Leadership Oklahoma and the YMCA, and is an author and national speaker on healthcare management and technology. He and his wife, Jenna, have two adult children.