Merritt Hawkins Executive Team

Healthcare Executives

At Merritt Hawkins, we know what it takes to recruit and place top physician and advanced practitioner talent. Our well-respected senior leadership team brings deep knowledge of health care industry trends and a proven methodology that results in successful placement of the highest quality clinicians.


Mark Smith

Mark Smith serves as President of Merritt, Hawkins, the nation’s largest and most recognized physician search and consulting firm. Merritt Hawkins is a company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN), the largest healthcare staffing solutions organization in the United States.

Mr. Smith has over 28 years of experience with Merritt, Hawkins and served as Vice President of the firm’s Eastern Regional office in Atlanta, Georgia prior to relocating to its corporate office in Dallas. Mr. Smith is responsible for strategic planning and operations for Merritt Hawkins, providing both overall strategic direction and daily management of recruiting, personnel, financial and related functions.

Mr. Smith is a leading national expert in the areas of medical staff planning, physician recruiting strategies, physician compensation, physician retention, physician practice patterns and related matters. He has consulted with hundreds of hospitals, medical groups and other health care organizations nationwide on issues ranging from provider needs assessment to clinician search strategies, compensation formulas, and retention strategies.

Mr. Smith is one of the most widely published and quoted health care staffing professionals in the country. His articles and comments have been published in numerous respected publications, including The Wall Street Journal,USA Today, Forbes, Modern Healthcare, Hospitals & Health Networks, American Medical News, The Washington Post, Medical Economics, Modern Physician, HealthLeaders, Physicians Practice, and many others.

In July, 2012, Mr. Smith was invited to Washington, D.C. to provide testimony before the House Committee on Small Business. Mr. Smith served as an expert witness for the Committee’s hearing on “The Decline of Small and Solo Medical Practices.” In his testimony, Mr. Smith outlined why the traditional, independent physician practice model is being supplanted by the employed physician model.

In 2016, Mr. Smith was selected by D CEO Magazineas one of the 500 most powerful business executives in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Mr. Smith is noted for his commitment to increasing the nation’s supply of physicians and to studying physician practice trends. Under his leadership, Merritt Hawkins’ co-foundedThe Council on Physician and Nurse Supply, a group of health care experts based at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to finding solutions to the nation’s shortage of clinical professionals. Mr. Smith also implemented Merritt Hawkins’ Pro Bono Physician Search Program, a unique-to-the-industry initiative in which Merritt Hawkins finds a physician for a medically underserved area as a public service.

Mr. Smith served as Project Leader for a 2010 conference of healthcare experts sponsored by The Physicians Foundation. The conference included heads of major health systems, medical groups, community health centers and other organizations, and resulted in the landmark white paper, Health Reform and the Decline of Physician Private Practice. Working with The Physicians Foundation, Mr. Smith helped design and implement one of the largest physician surveys ever undertaken in the United States. Entitled, A Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives, this biennial survey of over 650,000 physicians provides a “state of the union” of today’s medical profession.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of Oregon State University and resides in Dallas, Texaswith his wife Janelle. They have a son, Kaden, and a daughter, Ashtyn.

Jim Merritt

James Merritt is a co-founder of Merritt Hawkins ( www.merritthawkins.com), the largest physician search and consulting firm in the United States.

Mr. Merritt has over 30 years of health care staffing and consulting experience and is a nationally acknowledged health care staffing leader. In 1987, he co-founded Merritt, Hawkins & Associates, which expanded into The MHA Group, a healthcare staffing organization comprised of Merritt Hawkins, Staff Care (locum tenens staffing) and Med Travelers (allied healthcare professional staffing). In 2005, The MHA Group merged with AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN) the largest healthcare staffing company in the nation and the innovator of healthcare workforce solutions.

Mr. Merritt continues to be actively involved in the daily management of Merritt Hawkins focusing on strategic marketing operations. Mr. Merritt is widely recognized for his expertise in a broad range of staffing issues, from physician compensation to medical staff planning. Mr. Merritt has consulted with hundreds of hospitals and medical groups regarding physician needs assessment, physician search strategies, compensation, contracts, retention and numerous other related issues. Firms founded or managed by Mr. Merritt have conducted over 30,000 physician search assignments nationwide.

Mr. Merritt has been repeatedly noted for his expertise. His comments have appeared in numerous respected publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Modern Healthcare, Hospitals & Health Networks, American Medical News, and many others. Mr. Merritt has written dozens of articles on health care staffing issues that have appeared in publications ranging from Modern Healthcare to The Dallas Morning News.

Mr. Merritt is co-author of the book, Will the Last Physician In America Please Turn Off the Lights? A Look at America’s Looming Doctor Shortage. This influential book has been called “a must read” by Charles Lauer, former publisher of Modern Healthcare, and “required reading,” by the late Richard Cooper, MD, a leading authority on physician supply and demand trends.

Mr. Merritt is a frequently requested speaker who has addressed a wide range of health care professional groups throughout the United States and Canada, including the National Managed Health Care Congress, the Medical Group Management Association, the Texas Hospital Association and many others.

Mr. Merritt is originally from Ontario and now resides in Dallas, Texas.

Travis Singleton

Mr. Singleton has over 15 years of health care consulting experience and is a nationally acknowledged health care staffing leader. Mr. Singleton serves as Senior Vice President for Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician and advanced practitioner search and consulting firm. Merritt Hawkins is a division of AMN Healthcare (NYSE:AMN), the largest health care staffing organization in the United States. AMN Healthcare employs approximately 3,000 people in eighty international and regional offices.

Mr. Singleton continues to be actively involved in the daily management of Merritt Hawkins, overseeing strategic marketing operations and maintaining corporate level industry contacts.

Mr. Singleton is widely recognized for his expertise in a broad range of staffing issues, from physician and allied health compensation to medical staff planning. Mr. Singleton has consulted with hundreds of hospitals and medical groups regarding physician and allied health needs assessment, population health management, demographic and healthcare trends, compensation, contracts, retention, physician-hospital relations, compliance and numerous other related issues. Mr. Singleton has overseen thousands of permanent physician and allied health search assignments nationwide.

Mr. Singleton has been repeatedly noted for his expertise. His comments have appeared in numerous respected publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, HealthLeaders Magazine, USA Today, Modern Healthcare, Hospitals & Health Networks, Forbes, American Medical News, New England Journal of Medicine and many others.

Mr. Singleton serves on the board of The Health Industry Council of North Texas and is a professional development partner of the Texas Healthcare Trustees. He is the Co-Chair of the annual Interprofessional Practice Symposium held at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and sponsored by The Health Industry Council of North Texas, Texas Christian University Harris College of Nursing, Texas Women’s University and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

In 2015, Mr. Singleton was invited to submit expert testimony to Subcommittees of the Congress of the United States regarding the ability of Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to recruit and retained qualified healthcare professionals. Also in 2015, Mr. Singleton was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Healthcare List.

A member of The Physicians Foundation Advisory Panel of healthcare experts and frequent expert panelist, Mr. Singleton is a frequently requested speaker who has addressed a wide range of health care professional groups throughout the United States, including various state hospital associations, the American Academy of Family Physicians and many others.

Mr. Singleton also serves on the board of Charlemagne University Limited, an international medical school to be located on the island of Saint Lucia, providing expertise and insight into the physician employment and recruiting market for prospective graduates.

Mr. Singleton is a proud member of the Greater Irving Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Florence

Tom Florence serves as Senior Vice President of Recruiting for Merritt, Hawkins, the leading physician search and consulting firm in the United States and a company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN), the nation’s largest health care staffing organization. Mr. Florence is a seasoned physician staffing executive with over 15 years of experience in the field. Mr. Florence has personally conducted or supervised hundreds of physician and advanced allied health professional search assignments nationwide.

Mr. Florence’s areas of expertise include all strategic and operational issues pertaining to the recruitment of both physicians and allied health care professionals, including search strategies, physician and allied needs assessment, incentives, contracts, candidate sourcing, interviewing and retention. In addition, Mr. Florence is responsible for the management of the nation’s largest resource of physician recruiting consultants. Mr. Florence attended Indiana University and resides in Dallas, Texas.

Phillip Miller

Phillip Miller serves as Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, companies of AMN Healthcare, the largest healthcare staffing organization in the United States. Mr. Miller has over 30 years of experience in corporate communications and public relations, including over 29 years with Merritt Hawkins.

Mr. Miller is a highly regarded commentator on healthcare staffing trends and has authored or co-authored dozens of articles on health care staffing issues for numerous journals, including Health Affairs. He is the author or co-author of four books, including: Will the Last Physician in America Please Turn Off the Lights? A Look at America’s Looming Doctor Shortage. Mr. Miller also is the author of Merritt Hawkins’ Guide to Physician Recruiting and Have Stethoscope, Will Travel, Staff Care’s Guide to Locum Tenen, the leading works on permanent physician recruiting and temporary physician staffing. Mr. Miller’s most recent book, In Their Own Words: 12,000 Physicians Reveal Their Thoughts on Medical Practice in America, examines the morale crisis in the medical profession and is available through Amazon.com or all major book stores.

Mr. Miller is the lead author of a number of national surveys and white papers, including Health Reform and the Decline of Physician Private Practice, a major white paper completed by Merritt Hawkins on behalf of The Physicians Foundation, a non-profit, grant-making organization comprised of 20 state and regional medical societies. Mr. Miller is the lead analyst and author of A Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives, of one of the largest physician surveys conducted in the United States which is commissioned biennially by The Physicians Foundation. Mr. Miller also is the lead analyst and author of survey reports completed by Merritt Hawkins on behalf of The Indian Health Service, Trinity University’s Department of Healthcare Administration, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and other organizations.

With over 30 years of experience as a corporate spokesperson, Mr. Miller has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, People magazine, Hospitals & Health Networks, Modern Healthcare and many other general interest and health care media outlets and has addressed the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Mr. Miller is the originator of the Country Doctor of the Year Award ( www.countrydoctoraward.com) and a key organizer of the University of Pennsylvania-based Council on Physician and Nurse Supply ( www.physiciannursesupply.com)

Kurt Mosley

Kurt Mosley serves as Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, companies of AMN Healthcare, the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions. With over 25 years of health care staffing experience, Mr. Mosley is one of the nation’s leading authorities on medical staffing trends and has been cited for his expertise in numerous publications, including USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Modern Healthcare, Hospitals & Health Networks, HealthLeaders, Medical Economics and many others and has been heard on XM Radio’s “Reach M.D.” program. A regular columnist for the noted recruiting web site RecruitingTrends.com, Mr. Mosley served on The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply, a group of health care experts based at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to finding solutions to the shortage of nurses and physicians. Mr. Mosley served as Contributing Editor to Merritt Hawkins’ highly regarded book “Will the Last Physician in America Please Turn off the Lights,” and was an expert adviser to the Health Care Advisory Board’s white paper “Transforming Primary Care.” In addition, Mr. Mosley has keynoted healthcare staffing roundtables for the U.S. Army and for the American Society of Healthcare Journalists. Mr. Mosley was selected as the keynote speaker for the 2012 annual meeting of State Hospital Executives Forum, an organization of all 50 state hospital association presidents as well as the president of the American Hospital Association. A nationally noted speaker, Mr. Mosley has addressed over 70 healthcare professional organizations over the last two years reaching over 5,000 industry leaders. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Mosley spent several years in professional baseball and now resides in Dallas, Texas.