pic-bio-dr-townsendArthur Townsend IV, MD, MBA, FACOG

Dr. Townsend is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, a practicing obstetric hospitalist and Vice President and clinical transformational officer for a large hospital system in Memphis, TN. His career reflects his consistent embrace of innovations that close the gaps between patients and care partners. Dr. Townsend spent the first 10 years of his career providing care and education to patients in his family’s obgyn practice.

Since 2007, his focus has expanded to include medical simulation, team building, patient safety, quality initiatives, ob hospitalist development and a master of business administration degree. As a result of these efforts he is able to bring patient-centered care to life in the labor and delivery unit and in the boardroom. Dr. Townsend is an active member of numerous clinical and academic associations and boards.

Accreditation and Education

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville  2013
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska 1990
  • Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1997 to Present
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Champion 2013

Memberships and Motivation

The Apgardian Origin Story tells the tale from the beginning. The short version, however, is Dr. Townsend found himself again perfectly placed to connect safe patient care with care partners through the creation of a path to greater understanding. He has found that deep understanding between care partners and patients leads to sustainable communication and an overall experience that is individual, respectful and safe.

Dr. Townsend is a member of numerous professional and clinical societies, including American Medical Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist, the Society of Ob/Gyn Hospitalists, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.