March 29, 2017 – Executive search firm Tyler & Company has been retained by Chase Brexton Health Care to lead its search for a chief medical officer. Senior consultant Charlotte C. Tinsley is leading the assignment. Chief medical officers have become ultimate decision makers on clinical policy, and often serve as key members of an organization’s senior leadership team engaged in defining overall business strategy. As such, it has become an essential healthcare leadership role.
This incoming executive, when selected, will work with and through site medical directors and clinical division chiefs to provide overall clinical vision and oversee clinical transformation of the organization, along with spearheading quality improvement, accreditation, and compliance activities.
The successful candidate will be a visible, communicative and strategic leader who has physician leadership experience within a non-profit or community health center setting. The candidate must be an MD or DO, with successful completion of an accredited residency program and current board certification. A minimum of five years of clinical practice experience is required, along with a license to practice medicine in Maryland. All candidates must be well-versed in regulatory requirements and have working knowledge of electronic medical records.
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Chase Brexton Health Care is a non-profit, federally qualified health center that includes five outpatient health center locations in the Baltimore area. It employs more than 400 staff, including 36 physicians and mid-level providers, 43 behavioral health providers and 10 dental providers, all of whom support its commitment to providing high-quality care to the LGBT community, as well as to the general population. Chase Brexton treats more than 120,000 patient visits annually through a comprehensive range of services, including medical and dental care, behavior health, specialty care, pharmacy services, case management and walk-in services.
Tyler & Co is the healthcare executive search arm of Jackson Healthcare. It specializes in recruiting leadership talent for healthcare, academic medicine, and health & life sciences organizations. Since 1978, the firm has placed thousands of C-suite executives, physician leaders and healthcare administrators for organizations including health systems, hospitals, physician group practices and academic medical centers.
Ms. Tinsley, the recruiter overseeing this assignment, has more than 20 years of leadership experience in human resources and executive search, assessing talent in general management (president/CEO), finance, technology, HR, sales, marketing and operations. Her track record includes managing assignments for public, private and non-profit organizations. Her projects are comprised of searches for regional, national and international senior level executives.
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, as in this case, 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.”
A number of executive search firms have placed CMOs in recent months:
Slone Partners placed Dr. 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.
Coulter Partners tapped Dr. Giles Campion as CMO of Albumedix. Managing partner Arnaldo De Lisio led the search. Dr. Campion brings with him more than 25 years of experience in drug development from both large pharma and biotech companies having worked in senior development positions in the U.S. as well as Europe. Previously, he was CMO at Prosensa Holdings.
Strawn Arnold & Associates placed R. Alberto Avendano M.D., to serve as CMO of Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Avendano brings to Osiris expertise in medical education and communication, academic and industry clinical research, pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs.
Quick Leonard Kieffer recruited Thomas Tracy Jr. MD as CMO at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. Managing partner Dr. Robert Kuramoto led the search. Dr. Tracy spent almost two decades with the Lifespan system and Brown University in Rhode Island.
Witt/Kieffer placed Ghassan Jamaleddine MD, as CMO of Alameda Health System (AHS). The search was led by consultant Steve Yamada and associate Sue LeGrand. Dr. Jamaleddine came to AHS from New York City Health + Hospital/ Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media