The Pathfinder: William Ennis, DO, MBA, MMM, CPE

William Ennis, Chief Medical Officer, joined Healogics in 2015. He also presently serves as the Catherine and Francis Burzik Professor of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair and as the Chief of the Section of Wound Healing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, department of vascular surgery. He has practiced wound care for over 25 years.

Previously, Dr. Ennis served as the CMO for Accelecare Wound Centers, as well as President of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. He is board certified in general surgery, vascular surgery and family medicine with a certificate of added qualification in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Ennis founded the first wound healing and tissue repair fellowship in the United States, as well as served as President of the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair.

After graduating from the State University of New York at Stony Brooke, Dr. Ennis earned his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He subsequently received his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago. Dr. Ennis also has a Master of Medical Management degree from the University of Southern California.

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The career I fought so hard for started to feel like a nightmare. I was exhausted. My wellness reserves had been tapped for years – and yet I kept pushing. Then one day, after another grueling day, I finally said ENOUGH.
I wasn’t happy. It was time to make a change. Through coaching, I started to rediscover myself, my calling and my purpose. Now, I practice medicine on my own terms…and you can, too.

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William Ennis’ Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Stay Open. Never believe that your initial trajectory and pathway and thoughts are in stone.

Number 2: Seek and cultivate the council of mentors.

Number 3: Be Happy. Because being happy is the opposite of burnout.

Connect with William:

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Notable quotes from William’s Interview:

I gingerly told my chairman ‘I think there may be a better way that we could approach the wound clinic,’ and his response response was ‘Well, that’s good, because now you own all of it.” That was the dumbest and the best thing I ever said to a senior.

If ever there was a career that emphasized fluidity, it’s mine. Starting from wanting to be a basic scientist, to being a doctor doing clinical trials, to being a surgeon, to being a wound care person, to getting business degrees, to doing wound care in the political world of the ACGME. If you don’t stay open to those things, they are not available.