Odyssey Medal

Mary Nell Ford

Mary Nell Ford imageMary Nell Ford ’87 graduated with a degree in chemistry. She attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University, where she also trained as a resident. During her tenure at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ford identified a calling to live her professional life in a setting devoted to providing care for individuals and families for whom medical care often is not otherwise available. After a nationwide search for an organization with a mission closely aligned with her own growing sense of vocation, she affiliated with the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn.  The Church Health Center provides compassionate, affordable health care to more than 40,000 working poor and homeless patients.  Ford has been a staff physician there since 1995.

In addition to her tireless work at her Memphis clinic, Dr. Ford has participated in medical mission trips to Haiti and has provided critical health care to the residents of that country. She is also active in her local community and serves as a volunteer caregiver at House of Mews, a feline rescue program in midtown Memphis.