Buffkin / Baker Seeking Chief Medical Officer for CalvertHealth

September 17, 2018 – CalvertHealth, a Prince Frederick, MD-based healthcare system, has enlisted executive search firm Buffkin / Baker to find its next chief medical officer. Brenda Doherty, partner and head of the healthcare provider practice, is leading the assignment.

The ideal candidate will be a progressive physician leader that can drive clinical excellence, best practices and quality initiatives in order to improve patient outcomes across the system. “From assessing and identifying to guiding, educating and influencing practice patterns, this individual will champion quality and evidence-based medicine while enhancing and sustaining a culture of accountability, transparency, safety and continuous performance improvement,” the search firm said.

Reporting directly to the president and CEO of CalvertHealth, this physician executive will also be involved in setting the strategic direction for the system, as well as the plan for population health, disease management and care models.

In addition, this collaborative leader is expected to bring both vision and strong execution skills to the team and will have a track record of leading clinical operations for a full-service healthcare facility, including both inpatient and outpatient services. “Flexible and proactive, this individual will be work diligently to improve the quality and reach of the system, and will be passionate about the provision of safe, quality and innovative medicine in today’s challenging healthcare environment,” said Buffkin / Baker.

The incoming leader must be a board certified physician with at least five to 10 years (preferred) of clinical practice. The search firm said that candidates must have a demonstrated track record successfully leading patient safety, quality and clinical improvement initiatives.

Founded in 1919, CalvertHealth is a private, not-for-profit, community-owned healthcare system. Today, it is one of the largest employers in Calvert County with close to 1,300 employees.

Veteran Recruiters

Buffkin / Baker is a specialty boutique search firm composed of industry leaders in their respective fields, with each having over a decade of retained search experience. Their focus as search professionals is to recruit leaders in digital marketing/advertising, technology, healthcare, media/entertainment, finance, higher education and non-profit. The firm serves public, private, venture and private equity-backed companies. Its office locations include Nashville, New York, Washington, D.C. and Winston Salem, with affiliate offices in London. The company is a member of Panorama Search, an international federation of retained firms with 18 firms and over 30 offices globally.

Ms. Doherty has spent the last 10 years securing leadership talent for hospitals, healthcare systems, long term care, senior living, and healthcare associations. She specializes in placement of CEOs, COOs, CNOs, chief marketing officers, CFOs and executive leadership in the for profit and non-profit organizations.

Chief Medical Officers

Chief medical officers are typically cited as the senior government official designated head of medical services, sometimes at the national level. The post is held by a physician who serves to advise and lead a team of medical experts on matters of public health importance.

According to recruiters, the role of the chief medical officer has evolved in recent years, and organizations are looking for leaders with broader skill-sets. “Today’s CMO needs to have professional experience gathered from different players in the drug development industry, since he or she needs to understand the objectives of the key players in the field,” said Marc Salzberg, CEO of Airway Therapeutics, that is, academia / clinical practice, the pharma industry, regulatory authorities and third party vendors such as contract research organizations in order to successfully cooperate with those partners.”

Over the past year several healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new CMOs. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Chicago-based executive recruitment firm Carrington & Carrington has been selected by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to find its next chief medical officer. “The CMO serves as a visionary, strategic thinker, and national thought leader on clinical issues, both in the Planned Parenthood setting and the field of women’s health broadly,” said Carrington & Carrington. 

Coulter Partners placed David Michelson as the chief medical officer of Proclara Biosciences in Cambridge, MA. “David is a seasoned leader, with deep research, clinical and regulatory expertise, including significant experience in neurology and I thank the Coulter Partners team for their outstanding work in achieving this high caliber appointment.” 

Slone Partners placed Michael Dugan as chief medical officer of Clinical Genomics. Dr. Dugan is a well-known biotechnology leader with extensive clinical experience in both commercial and academic settings. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of MCDXI Medical Diagnostics International.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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