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The board of regents at the University of Texas (UT) finalized the selection of Peter Pisters, MD, MHCM, as the next president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a role which has sat vacant since the departure of Ronald DePinho, MD.

More than half (51 percent) of hospital and health system executives responding to a Kaufman Hall survey said they have either no cost reduction goals or a goal of only a 1 percent to 5 percent reduction in the next five years.

Michael Munger, MD, assumed the role of president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) during its 2017 Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in San Antonio, Texas. In his opening speech, he both praised the progress in moving toward value-based care and echoed members’ angst about the increasing administrative burden in their practices.

Judith Ploszek, MBA, has been named the permanent CFO of Tampa General Hospital, a role she’s held on an acting basis since last year.

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, has been named the founding dean of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, set to open in Pasadena, Calif. in 2019.

 

Recent Headlines

Humana plans to leave COO role vacant after James Murray retires

Humana executive vice president and COO James Murray will step down from his post on March 31.

Summa Health CEO resigns after physician vote of no confidence

Thomas Malone, MD, president and CEO of Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health, has resigned from his position weeks after 240 Summa physicians called for his departure with a vote of no confidence.

Ex-HHS Secretary Burwell to become president of American University

Less than a week after leaving her old post as HHS Secretary, Sylvia Burwell has found a new job: president of American University.

NIH Director staying put for now

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be staying on in the administration of President Donald Trump, at least temporarily.

CMS administrator’s farewell: 'You are well positioned for whatever comes next'

At his last all-staff meeting at CMS, the agency’s acting administrator, Andy Slavitt, recounted the successes and challenges of his tenure while encouraging employees to welcome his replacement from the incoming Trump administration.

University of Chicago picks director for new trauma center

Selwyn Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, has been selected to lead the development of University of Chicago Medicine’s new adult trauma center, set to open in 2018.

Physician tapped by Trump to be next VA Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to run the Veterans Affairs Department—and the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S.—is the department’s current top health official, David Shulkin, MD.

New Jersey’s Virtua looking for new CEO

Richard Miller, president and CEO of Marlton, New Jersey-based nonprofit Virtua, will be retiring at the end of 2017 after 21 years running the four-hospital system. 

Training physicians to lead hospitals can improve quality

Physicians may make better hospital leaders than managers, according to researchers writing in the Harvard Business Review, and more training programs could create more physicians capable of leading health systems.

HIMSS CEO, president to retire at end of 2017

Stephen Lieber, longtime CEO and president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), has announced he’ll be retiring at the end of 2017. The search for his replacement has already begun.

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