Obaji Named New CEO Of McDonald Murrmann Clinic

By Kate Simone

Rola Obaji has been named CEO of McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic. Obaji, who has more than 20 years’ experience managing medical groups, comes to McDonald Murrman from Integrity Oncology, where she had served as CEO since 2009.


Hometown: Born in Aleppo, Syria, and grew up in Amman, Jordan

Experience: I have over 20 years of experience managing medical groups. Most recently, I held the position of CEO for Integrity Oncology from 2009 to 2016. Prior to Integrity Oncology, I spent eight years working for Family Cancer Center – first as the marketing director and then the vice president of administration – and seven years serving as Administrator for Dr. Suhail Obaji, MD, PC.

Family: Husband, Dr. Suhail Obaji; Daughter, Noor, 25; and son, Zach, 20

Favorite quote: “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

What talent do you wish you had? Definitely singing – I love singing and wish I had the talent to match!

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My husband, Dr. Suhail Obaji. He’s wise, calm, and I’ve always admired his depth and outlook on life. Over the years, we even worked together – he has served as inspiration both personally and professionally.

What attracted you to McDonald Murrman’s Women’s Clinic? The strong women who have led this practice for 20 years, the loyal and satisfied patients, the mission to provide the best, most comprehensive care and McDonald Murrmann’s reputation in this city all influenced my decision to join this group.

What are your goals as CEO? I want to support the growth of this clinic while adding to its exceptional reputation. Marking 20 years this month, McDonald Murrmann has established itself at the forefront of women’s care in this city. I plan to work hard to uphold this reputation, as well as build upon it, by working to incorporate more offerings that benefit a woman’s overall wellness.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? With no hesitation, my kids and family. They are absolutely my greatest accomplishment.

What do you most enjoy about your work? When both the patients and the doctors are satisfied with their clinic experience. As the CEO, my job is to ensure the patients receive the best care possible and that the doctors are able to practice medicine in an environment that yields the greatest results. 

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? It’s cliché, but be patient. Goals aren’t met immediately or sometimes change as you grow and evolve. Keep working towards your goals, despite challenges and setbacks. It makes the success even sweeter.

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