Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, FHM, recently became chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora. He had previously been the chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Michigan Health system. He assumed his new role in October 2021.
Dr. Chopra, who specializes in research and mentorship in patient safety, helped create innovations in care delivery at the University of Michigan, including direct care hospitalist services at VA Ann Arbor Health Care and two other community hospitals.
In his safety-conscious research, Dr. Chopra focuses on preventing complications created within the hospital environment. He also is the first hospitalist to be named deputy editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine. He has written more than 250 peer-reviewed articles. Among the myriad awards he has received, Dr. Chopra recently earned the Kaiser Permanente Award for Clinical Teaching at the UM School of Medicine.
Steve Phillipson, MD, FHM, has been named regional director of hospital medicine at Aspirus Health (Wausau, Wisc.). Dr. Phillipson will oversee the hospitalist programs at 17 Aspirus hospitals in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Dr. Phillipson has worked with Aspirus since 2009, with stints in the emergency department and as a hospitalist. As Aspirus Wausau Hospital director of medicine, he chaired the facility’s COVID-19 treatment team.
Hackensack (N.J.) Meridian University Medical Center has hired Patricia (Patti) L. Fisher, MD, MHA, to be the institution’s chief medical officer. Dr. Fisher joined the medical center from Central Vermont Medical Center where she served as chief medical officer and chief safety officer, with direct oversight of hospital risk management, operations of all hospital-based services, IS services and quality including patient safety and regulatory compliance.
As a board-certified hospitalist, Dr. Fisher also served as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont, Burlington. Dr. Fisher earned her medical degree from The University of Texas in Houston and completed residency through Forbes Family Practice Residency in Pittsburgh.
Martin Chaney, MD, has been chosen by the Maury Regional Health Board of Trustees to serve as interim chief executive officer. He was formerly the chief medical officer at MRH, which is based in Columbia, Tenn. Dr. Chaney began his new role in October, replacing Alan Watson, the CEO since 2012.
Dr. Chaney has spent 18 of his 25 years in medicine with MRH, where most recently he has focused on clinical quality, physician recruitment, and establishing and expanding the hospital medicine program.
Hyung (Harry) Cho, MD, SFHM, has been placed on Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Innovators list for 2021, getting recognized for innovation and leadership in creating value and safety initiatives in New York City’s public health system. Dr. Cho became NYC Health + Hospitals’ first chief value officer in 2019, and his programs have created an estimated $11 million in savings per year by preventing unnecessary testing and treatment that can lead to patient harm.
A member of the Society of Hospital Medicine’s editorial advisory board, Dr. Cho is also SHM’s hospitalist liaison with the COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network, which collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Raymond Kiser, MD, a hospitalist and nephrologist at Columbus (Ind.) Regional Health, has been named the Douglas J. Leonard Caregiver of the Year. The award is given by the Indiana Hospital Association to health care workers whose care is considered exemplary by both peers and patients.
Dr. Kiser has been with CRH for 7 years, including stints as associate chief medical officer and chief of staff.
Justin Buchholz, DO, has been elevated to medical director of the hospitalist teams at Regional Medical Center (Alamosa, Colo.) and Conejos County Hospital (La Jara, Colo.). Dr. Buchholz has been a full-time hospitalist and assistant medical director at Parkview Medical Center (Pueblo, Colo.) for the past 3 years. He also worked on a part-time basis seeing patients at the Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Buchholz completed his residency at Parkview Medical Center and was named Resident of the Year in his final year with the internal medicine program.
Kenneth Mishark, MD, SFHM, a hospitalist with the Mayo Clinic Hospital (Tucson, Ariz.), will serve on the board of directors for Anigent, a drug diversion-prevention company based in Chesterfield, Mo. He will be charged with helping Anigent better serve health systems with its drug-diversion software.
Dr. Mishark is vice-chair of diversion prevention across the whole Mayo Clinic. A one-time physician in the United States Air Force, Dr. Mishark previously has been the Mayo Clinic’s Healthcare Information Coordination Committee chair.
Core Clinical Partners (Tulsa, Okla.) has announced it will join with Hillcrest HealthCare System (Tulsa, Okla.) to provide hospitalist services to Hillcrest’s eight sites across Oklahoma. The partnership will begin at four locations in December 2021, and four others in March 2022.
In expanding its services, Core Clinical Partners will create 70 new physician positions, as well as a systemwide medical director. Core will manage hospitalist operations at Hillcrest Medical Center, Hillcrest Hospital South, Hillcrest Hospital Pryor, Hillcrest Hospital Claremore, Bailey Medical Center, Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta, and Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital.