I am very proud to be entering the new academic year as the recently named CHOC senior vice president and physician-in-chief (PIC).
Our President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kim Cripe sees this as a natural progression from the pediatrician-in-chief position I have held over the past several years. My primary objective remains to further CHOC’s clinical and academic vision. In this newly expanded capacity, I will continue my focus on nurturing relationships, both internally and externally, clinically and academically. I look forward to working with you all to create a brighter future for our patients and their families.
I take great pride in the level of care we provide to our patients, and I am honored to have spent the vast majority of my career at CHOC. Even in my expanded role, I will not step entirely away from the privilege of caring for our patients and families. You will continue to see me in the PICU and CVICU on a fairly regular basis as I continue my research efforts, as well as on-going teaching and mentoring of our residents and fellows.
This will be another exciting academic year, as we enter a new chapter in the growth of world-class programs. We recently opened our new private-room NICU, and look forward to the 2018 opening of our mental health inpatient center. We will continue growing our fellowship programs, increasing our emphasis on collaborative relationships, and striving toward innovative population health management strategies. Within the next 30 days, the CHOC and Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine Research Collaborative will launch two exciting projects. We are also preparing to begin the recruitment of our first ever chief scientific officer (CSO). And finally, I am extremely encouraged by the growth in philanthropy here at CHOC, and look forward to participating in our Transformational Venture Funding and our numerous Innovation Institute initiatives.
While I can’t possibly list all the exciting projects and program advancements happening on our hospital campuses, I would like to again say how proud I am to be in a position to work with you as we continue our focus on excellence in clinical medicine, teaching, research and innovation at CHOC.