Scott Cordts, MD - Program Director
A native of West Frankfort, Illinois, Dr. Cordts graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2002 and then completed his Family Medicine residency training at Deaconess Hospital in 2005. He subsequently became a board certified family physician.
For 4 years he practiced rural family medicine in Sparta and Marissa, Illinois, as an employee of Sparta Community Hospital. While there, he served as a preceptor for family medicine residents at the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency.
In July 2009, Dr. Cordts relocated with his family to Evansville to join the faculty at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program. He served as Associate Director since 2013 and was promoted to Program Director in July of 2018. His special interests include quality improvement, curriculum development, evidence-based medicine, preventive care, office procedures and colonoscopy.
William Tortoriello, MD - Associate Director
Dr. Tortoriello graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1978 after studying at the University of Padua in Italy. He completed a family practice residency at St. Francis Hospital in 1981. He then became board certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians.
For 21 years Dr. Tortoriello practiced in Harvard, Illinois, a rural private practice setting. During that time he was actively involved in the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and served on the Board of Directors for five years. He was also involved in the Illinois State Medical Society, chairing various committees and councils as well as serving as a delegate to the state Congress of Delegates. Dr. Tortoriello held the position of Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Chicago Medical School while in private practice, serving as preceptor for 3rd and 4th year medical students at his office.
In 2002 Dr. Tortoriello moved to Peoria, Illinois, and joined the faculty of the Family Practice Residency there. He also held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. While in Peoria he served on the Peoria Medical Society Board of Directors.
In July 2006 Dr. Tortoriello relocated to Evansville to become a member of the faculty at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program. He has a special interest in teaching maternity care, office procedures, integrative medicine and the art of medicine.
Kim Volz, MD - Associate Director
Dr. Kim Volz graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1979 and completed his family medicine residency training at St. Mary's Medical Center in 1982. Following graduation he earned board certification from the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Volz set up his medical practice in Jasper, Indiana, and over time, served as the Director of Medical Education, President of the Medical Staff, and Chairman of the Credentials Committee at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.
In 1993, Dr. Volz moved to Evansville, IN to establish a private medical practice and be an assistant director with the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program. He was promoted to program director on January 1, 1996 and served in that capacity until July 1, 2018 when he transitioned to associate program director for the residency.
Dr. Volz served on the Deaconess Medical Staff Executive Council for over 20 years and represented Deaconess as a member of the Indiana Medical Education Board of Directors for the past 12 years. Other notable accomplishments from his early career include co-founding Jasper Family Physicians, serving as president of the Dubois County Medical Association and attending the state convention of the Indiana State Medical Association as a delegate.
Charles Strickland, MD - Assistant Director
A native of Louisville, KY, Dr Strickland graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1992, during which time he served in the USAF Reserves. He completed post-graduate training in 1995 at a dual Family Medicine residency via the United States Air Force at the University of Nebraska and Erhling Bergquist Hospital at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska.
After 7 years of active duty military service, he relocated his family to Evansville and began a private practice in Newburgh, Indiana. He also began precepting at the St Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program. In 2000, he accepted the position of Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency at St. Mary’s and retained that position until its closure in 2007.
He continued private practice at St Mary’s until 2008, at which time he accepted a position at the Veterans Administration. From 2008 to 2015, Dr Strickland served as a primary care physician for many of our country’s local veterans.
In October 2015, he accepted a faculty position with the Family Medicine Residency Program at Deaconess. He also serves as Site Director for the Indiana University School of Medicine Junior Clerkship program at Deaconess. His special interests are adult medicine, the under-served, and the art of medicine.
Lisa Phifer, MD - Assistant Director
Dr. Phifer grew-up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2008. She completed her residency training with the United Family Medicine Residency Program in St. Paul, MN in 2011. Dr. Phifer practiced full-spectrum family medicine at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico for two years before returning to join the faculty of the United Family Medicine Residency Program in 2013. In 2014, she completed a faculty development fellowship through the University of Minnesota.
In July, 2018, Dr. Phifer relocated to Evansville to join the faculty at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program. Her special interests include community medicine, underserved medicine, women’s health, and pediatrics.
Nathan Oakley, MD - Assistant Director
A native of New Harmony, IN and the greater Evansville area, Dr. Oakley graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2013. He completed family medicine residency training at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program in 2016.
Dr. Oakley joined the faculty for the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program in August of 2016. This opportunity allowed him to return to southwestern Indiana and stay invested in the community in which he grew up. He is passionate about teaching, preventative care, and evidence-based medicine.
Elton Fennell, MD - Director Women’s Health
Dr. Fennell graduated from the American University of the Caribbean, which was then located on the island nation of Montserrat, in 1982.
He completed a residency in Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 1986. After spending one year in a solo practice in Tuskegee, AL, he returned to Johnson City, TN to join the faculty at ETSU. He served as the assistant program director and clinic medical director. He also was very active in obstetrics and was the obstetrics coordinator for the residency.
He was accepted as a faculty development fellow at Michigan State University in 1990. His research for the fellowship involved the reasons why patients did not keep scheduled appointments and how life circumstances impacted patients’ continuation of care.
In 1993, Dr. Fennell entered the newly established OB/GYN residency at ETSU. He continued to be an active part of the Family Medicine staff during the next 3 years while completing his OB/GYN residency. After graduation, he maintained faculty duties in both departments until he left in 2003.
In 2003, he moved to rural WI to become the first OB/GYN at a small hospital that was owned by the Mayo Clinic, where he collaborated with 12 family physicians who were doing obstetrics. Dr. Fennell provided care to his own panel of patients and provided consultation to the family physicians.
In 2008, Dr. Fennell entered a pelvic surgery fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. After completion, he joined the Family Medicine Residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA where he provided OB/GYN consultation for family physicians who were practicing obstetrics.
In January of 2015, Dr. Fennell took the position of Director Women’s Health at the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency. Dr Fennell has a deep interest in the effects of socioeconomics on health and healthcare behavior.
Jacklyn Oakley, MD – Assistant Director of Women’s Health
A native of Wadesville, Indiana, Dr. Jacklyn Oakley graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2013. She completed residency training at the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program in 2016.
In August of 2016 she moved back to the greater Evansville area and began her family medicine practice at Deaconess Clinic on the Gateway campus. She was named the Assistant Director of Women’s Health for the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency in September of 2017. Her special interests include OB/GYN, pediatrics, teaching and evidence-based medicine.
Jennifer Bouwkamp, PhD, HSPP - Director of Behavioral Health
Dr. Bouwkamp is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Indiana University with an elective minor in public health. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between work values and job satisfaction among family physicians and was subsequently published in a national, peer-reviewed journal.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. Her pre-doctoral internship was through the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium and consisted of clinical rotations at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and Rusk Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Bouwkamp’s post-doctoral residency was completed at Fulton State Hospital, a forensic psychiatric facility, in Fulton, Missouri. She has also worked in a variety of other settings, including community mental health centers and long-term nursing care facilities, and has experience as an instructor at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She joined the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency faculty in June of 2017.
Mack Blanton, MD, FACP, FCCP - Vice President and CMO of Deaconess Hospital, Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Dr. Blanton graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1980. He completed an Internal Medicine residency in 1983 followed by a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship in 1985, both at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Blanton is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary medicine, and Critical Care medicine. He has achieved fellowship status in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Blanton pursued an academic career in Pulmonary/Critical Care and served as the Director of Fellowship training for the Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship program at BAMC from 1988-1998. His academic appointments have included Associate Professorship at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and Assistant Professorship at Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Blanton became the VP/Chief Medical Officer for Deaconess Health System in September 2016 and assumed the DIO role for the residency at that time.
- Phillip Adams, MD
- Jamie Davison, MD
- Roxana Donea, MD
- Ali Hashmi, DO
- Ahmad Karim, MD
- Matt Kolleck II, MD
- Chad Link, MD
- Joseph Mansour, MD
- Adam Wadlington, DO
Family Medicine/Maternal Care
- Jennifer Simoneaux, MD
- Rusty Stoltz, MD
- Michelle Estep, MD
- Karla Kitch, MD
- Maria Ranola, MD