LEADING THE WAY

Harold L. Paz, MD, is ready to lead Ohio State into the future

Harold L. Paz, MD, will be the first person to hold the position of executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at Ohio State, where he will begin serving the university and medical center in the spring.

Paz will lead the $3.7 billion Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center enterprise, including all hospitals in the health system. Additionally, he will oversee The Ohio State University's seven health sciences colleges and more than 20 research institutes in partnership with the university's provost, Bruce McPheron, PhD.

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"This university and its academic medical center can become a beacon, nationally and globally, for what health care should be: engaged, seamlessly interoperable and cost-effective," Paz says.

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake says that, during a national search, Paz distinguished himself as a proven leader in academic medicine with a clear vision for Ohio State. His track record of leadership was significantly enhanced by his private-sector navigation of consumer-driven, personalized health care.

"Throughout the search process, we were determined to find the exact right fit, not just for the job requirements, but for Ohio State," Drake says.

During an Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Board meeting announcing his hiring in February, Paz noted that Ohio State is "poised to be at the cutting edge of addressing dramatic changes in healthcare delivery."

"I truly believe that, at this time in history, no other place in the country offers as much potential as The Ohio State University to truly transform health care," he said.

As the executive vice president and chief medical officer of managed healthcare company Aetna, Paz holds valuable experience in the private sector. Paz also has proved himself a visionary leader in academic medicine, having served as CEO of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, senior vice president for health affairs at Penn State University, dean of its College of Medicine and president/CEO of the Penn State Hershey Health System.

Paz served as dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group, and he's been an adjunct professor of internal medicine at Yale University since 2015. He's remained clinically active as a volunteer pulmonary physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Haven, Connecticut.

Below, Paz introduces himself to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's more than 25,000 faculty and staff members:

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Paz told board members that his vision for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center includes an emphasis on open communication, transparency, compassion, diversity and accountability.

"This university and its academic medical center can become a beacon, nationally and globally, for what health care should be: engaged, seamlessly interoperable and cost-effective," Paz says.

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake says Paz stood out among chancellor candidates because of his track record as a leader in academic medicine and his clear vision for Ohio State.

"We are fully committed to the foundation of evidence-based academic medicine, rigorous biomedical research and interprofessional education in all of the health sciences," Drake says. "Dr. Paz embodies those priorities. He also brings to the position an openness to new ways to make bold advances."

Leslie H. Wexner, chair of the Wexner Medical Center Board, says Paz's hiring is "momentous for Ohio State and its medical center."

"The hard work of the staff and leadership that got us from where we were to where we are has been significant," Wexner says. "Now, the aspiration is to accelerate and build on that sound foundation."

Paz is prepared to lead, and so is Ohio State.

"Ohio State is poised to be at the cutting edge of addressing dramatic changes in healthcare delivery," Paz says.

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