Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Leaders in the Memphis community and around the globe, our faculty teaches, supervises and advises residents to fully prepare them to face the challenges and rewards of a health care career.

Program Director

Kent Alan Lee, MA., M.D., FAAFP

Program Director, Baptist Family Medicine Residency Program
Kent Alan Lee, MA., M.D., FAAFP., grew up in Memphis, and is a graduate of the University of Memphis, with a BS in Forensic Anthropology and Chemistry, and an MA in Medical Anthropology. He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee in 1993, and his Family Medicine residency there in 1996. After his medical training, he had the opportunity to go to the Far East with the U.S. Navy in Okinawa, Japan, and work at the U.S. Naval Hospital there, a position which he enjoyed immensely. Upon leaving active duty in 1999, he took a position as faculty at the University of Arkansas AHEC in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He has also held faculty appointments from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in both Chattanooga and Memphis, before coming to this program in 2015. He currently has clinical duties as a Hospitalist with Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, where he leads the inpatient instruction for the residency. He obtained the degree of Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians in 2005, and is active in the AAFP, TNAFP, STFM, TMA, AMA, and SHM. Dr. Lee has worked as a volunteer with Dr. Scott Morris and Church Health almost since its inception in the 1980’s, where he maintains a small practice, as well as regularly precepting in resident clinics there. When not in clinic or the hospital, Dr. Lee enjoys guitar, fixing and riding motorcycles, and canoeing in local waterways. He is married to Beth Choby, MD. who also teaches in the residency, and they have four children together.

Doctorate Degree: University of Tennessee; 1993
Residency: University of Tennessee; 1993
Military Service: US Navy Reserve, Active Deployment; 1996-1999 Staff Physician, Family Medicine Directorate, US Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan, Honorable discharge, LCDR MC USNR; 2005

Professional Memberships: 

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • American Medical Association
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Shelby County Medical Society
  • Physician Assistant Education Association


Beth Choby, M.D.

Baptist Family Medicine Residency Program
Doctorate Degree: West Virginia University School of Medicine; Morgantown, WV; 1995
Residency: Family Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Memphis, TN
Fellowships: Advanced Obstetrics and Women’s Health; University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Memphis, TN; 1999
Faculty Development: Family Health Center; Waco, TX; 2005
Educational Interests: Medical student/resident education, health disparities, women’s health and simulation

Ron McDonald, D.Min.

Pastoral Counselor, Church Health
Doctorate Degree:
Doctor of Ministry, Pastoral Counseling; St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City; 1988
Certification: Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors; 1997
Additional Information: 

  • Pastoral Counselor with Church Health and in private practice
  • Adjunct Professor at Memphis Theological Seminary and Training
  • Director in the Pastoral Care and Counseling Training Program 
  • Writer (author of four books and numerous articles)

G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div.

Baptist Family Medicine Residency Program
Masters of Divinity:
Yale University; 1979
Doctor of Medicine: Emory University; 1983
Residency: The Medical College of Virginia, Chesterfield Family Practice Center; 1986
Certification: American Board of Family Practice, 1986,1993, 2000, 2007

Additional Information:

  •  Founder and Executive Director, Church Health; 1987- present
  • Founder and Director of Crossover Health Clinic for the Homeless; 1983 – 1986

Susan Nelson, M.D.

Baptist Family Medicine Residency Program
Doctorate Degree:
Doctor of Medicine; University of Texas Medical School at Houston; 1985
Residency: Family Medicine, University of Texas at Conroe Medical Center; 1988
Certification: Board Certified American Board Family Medicine 1988, 1994, 2001, 2008, 2015

Additional Information:

  • Church Health Volunteer physician 1998-2015
  • Center Staff Physician June 2015 – present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Medical School

Collins Rainey, MD

Baptist Family Medicine Residency Program
Doctorate Degree:
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine; Memphis, TN; 2010
Residency: University of Tennessee; Memphis, TN; 2013


  • Advanced Cardiac Life Saving
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • Basic Life Support
  • Nexplanon

Additional Information:

  • Golden Apple Teaching Award in Family Medicine; 2012
  • Member of: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians, Tennessee Medical Association