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Chief Medical Officer, University of Rochester Medical Center

Years in current role: 4

What do you enjoy most about your role?

What I enjoy most about my role is that the major responsibility of a Chief Medical Officer is to assure the highest quality care for all of our patients. It’s a challenging and critical responsibility. It’s a privilege and an honor to do so.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?

The biggest challenge in the past year has been the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Assuring patient, faculty and staff safety remained a priority while providing care for critically ill COVID-19 patients while at the same time caring for patients with non-COVID-19 illness. Our faculty and staff did an outstanding and remarkably selfless job caring for our patients and community. I couldn’t be more proud.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the health care industry in the next 3-5 years?

The biggest changes in health care will include more telemedicine and patient convenient care, as well as having a focus on reducing health disparities and assuring health care equity for all.

What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?

I volunteer on the board of the Monroe County Medical Society in order to regularly meet with other leaders to help assure the best health care for our county.

What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?

Spending more time with friends and family in person!

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