People on the Move – November 2017


Resilience Capital Partners of Cleveland, Ohio has acquired the medical device service and manufacturing units of Bayer (Wetsco Inc.) of MD MedTech LLC (MDMT), and MVS, and will merge them as Innovatus Imaging Corporation. Innovatus will be led by CEO Dennis Wulf, former president of Wetsco and MDMT CEO. MVS general manager Bill Kollitz will become its President and COO, and MDMT co-founder, COO, and VP Michael LaBree will serve as CTO.

George Mills, director of healthcare technical operations at The Joint Commission, has left the organization to join professional services firm JLL. Mills will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has named Etta D. Pisano chief science officer of its Center for Research and Innovation. Pisano is founding chief of breast imaging in the department of radiology and vice dean for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, dean of the medical school at the University of South Carolina, and was most recently vice chair of research in the department of radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professor at Harvard. Pisano has also chaired the ACRIN Breast Imaging Committee for 10 years, and was principal investigator of the Digital Mammography Screening Trial (DMIST). She is also a past president of the Association of University Radiologists and American Association for Women Radiologists, a gold medalist of the American Roentgen Ray Society and Radiological Society of North America.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Association for Proton Therapy has named Scott Warwick its executive director. Warwick has spent more than 20 years working in comprehensive cancer, radiation oncology, and proton therapy operations.

The Kaiser Permanente School of Pasadena, California has named Mark A. Schuster the founding dean and CEO of its School of Medicine. For the past 10 years, Schuster has been the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, chief of general pediatrics, and vice chair for health policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He leads the Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement.

Cleveland Clinic has named Tomislav Mihaljevic as CEO and president, succeeding Toby Cosgrove on January 1, 2018. Mihaljevic joined Cleveland Clinic in 2004 as a cardiothoracic surgeon; since 2015, he has been CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Mihaljevic earned his medical degree from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and moved to the United States in 1995 to join Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is the author or co-author of more than 145 articles in medical and peer-reviewed scientific journals, holds a patent for a minimally invasive cardioscopy surgical system, and won the 2006 and 2007 Cleveland Clinic Innovation Awards.

HCA Healthcare of Nashville, Tennessee, has named Ashley Johnson CFO of its 85-hospital American Group, replacing Rick Shallcross, who is retiring after 25 years with the company. Johnson has been CFO of the HCA Capital Division and for several of its hospitals, including Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado; Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida; and Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, Florida. Johnson is a CPA with bachelors’ degrees in accounting and management from the University of Central Florida.

Long Beach Memorial Hospital of Long Beach, California has named Ikenna Mmeje its COO, replacing Tamra Kaplan, who will become COO at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. Both hospitals are members of the Memorial Care system.

Sheppard Pratt Health System of Baltimore, Maryland, has named Karen Robertson-Keck its vice president of human resources. Robertson-Keck joins Sheppard Pratt from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, and her appointment follows a number of internal promotions at the facility. Tom Hess has been promoted from special assistant to the president to chief of staff, former director of marketing and public relations Jessica Kapustin is now chief marketing officer, and director of lean transformation Antonio DePaolo is now chief transformation officer.

D. Neil Hayes has been named Scientific Director of the UT-West Institute for Cancer Research, a joint initiative of the West Cancer Center and University of Tennessee Heath Science Center of Memphis, Tennessee. Hayes will direct and drive funding for translational research in cancer treatment there, recruiting scientists to the center as it drives towards an NCI designation. Hayes was most recently co-leader of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Clinical Research Program.


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