Dr. William Oellerich, a cardiologist with The Chattanooga Heart Institute at CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tennessee recognizes the important role the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have played in his life.

Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Oellerich was adopted from St. Peter’s Orphanage, his first connection with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. He attended high school at Memphis Catholic High School, and remembers the influence of Sisters Mary Imogene Perrin and Laurine Dichtel there. He says that both Sisters encouraged him to pursue his goals. Sister Mary Imogene inspired his interest in biology, which led to the pursuit of a medical degree. One of the prized possessions displayed in his office is Sister Mary Imogene’s microscope which was presented to him after her death.

Dr. Oellerich earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis while concurrently earning a doctorate in philosophy in its Department of Pharmacology. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and served as chief resident at Barnes Hospital at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He also completed his fellowship in cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine.

When he was ready to enter medical practice he and his wife chose Chattanooga as a wonderful place in which to raise their children. His three sons are now in college. Arriving at Memorial Hospital, he was pleased to learn of the strong legacy of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth there and recognizes this as a continued theme in his life.

He currently serves as the director of the echocardiography lab and CT cardiovascular program at Memorial Hospital and is helping to coordinate the introduction of a valve clinic to The Chattanooga Heart Institute.