Niki Oquist, M.D., Vice President
Dr. Oquist is a board-certified pediatrician and has practiced and taught pediatric medicine for nearly 20 years. Most recently, Dr. Oquist has been providing scientific consulting services for the past 4 years. Prior to that, he held numerous senior level positions within medical education and biopharmaceutical companies. As a Senior Vice President for multiple medical education firms, he oversaw clinical services, developed relationships with key opinion leaders, managed content development of educational offerings, and served as a professional liaison between corporate and clinical professionals. Dr. Oquist held various management positions within a large biotechnology company (MedImmune, Inc.). There, he grew and reorganized the division of the medical affairs department that dealt with clinical and educational outreach, developed significant and viable relationships with key opinion leaders and senior medical leaders at several national and regional health plans, and partnered with managed care organizations to design outcomes-based research, among other responsibilities. While in clinical practice in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Oquist was on the faculty of the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt as well as several schools of nursing. Being bilingual, he had a sizeable Hispanic population of patients. He was part of various medical committees.
Throughout his career, Dr. Oquist has received many honors, including the Clinical Neuroscience Award from the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine (1987) and the Amos Christie Pediatric Teaching Award from Vanderbilt University (1994). He has also been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America by Woodward and White since 1995.
Dr. Oquist, while born in the U.S., lived the first 18 years of his life in various countries in Latin America (Mexico, Puerto Rico and Panama). He returned to the U.S. to earn his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his doctorate in medicine from the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine, where he also completed his pediatric residency training. He has advanced training in pediatric cardiology.