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July 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Edmund F. Funai has been named chief operating officer of The Ohio State University Health System. A recent recruit from Yale-New Haven Hospital, Funai will be responsible for the operations of all clinical areas within the Health System, which includes the patient care services of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Prior to coming to Ohio State in 2011, Funai was chief of obstetrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital and interim project manager of the hospital’s roll-out of its electronic medical records implementation program. In addition, he served on numerous clinical leadership committees and chaired several committees for the board of the Medical Centre Insurance Company in Vermont, a $1-billion specialty insurance company, which provides medical professional and general liability insurance coverage and risk management services to several academic medical centers including Johns Hopkins and Yale University School of Medicine.

Funai also has worked in practice management and compliance and has advanced training in Six Sigma quality improvement processes.

Peter Geier, chief executive officer for the OSU Health System, said Funai brings to the position the clinical and business perspective of Yale-New Haven Hospital, another successful organization.

“Ed inherently understands what is required to ensure all of our clinical operations produce the outcomes necessary to support the highest quality care,” said Geier. “His expertise will be invaluable as we plan, implement and continuously improve our operations.”

Funai is currently the associate dean for administration in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, professor and vice chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and director of Ohio State’s Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. He will retain the associate dean position in addition to his new role.

Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of Wexner Medical Center, said Funai is a talented and insightful leader with experience in each of Ohio State’s mission areas.

“We are very fortunate to have Ed in this very important position,” said Gabbe. “He understands how patient care, education and research are integrated in the operations of our academic medical center and we are confident he has the energy and expertise to lead our clinical programs to higher levels of performance and achievement.”

At Yale School of Medicine, Funai was professor and associate chair for clinical affairs in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences. He also was section chief for maternal-fetal medicine. During his tenure as section chief, the number of faculty tripled in size and routinely led the nation in both the quality and quantity of presentations at national meetings.

He received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, double majoring in philosophy and pre-professional studies. He was a Trustee Scholar at New York Medical College, where he received his medical degree in 1992.  

The Ohio State University Health System comprises University Hospital, Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, University Hospital East, Ohio State‘s Harding Hospital, OSU Rehabilitation Services at Dodd Hall, the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and a primary care network with offices throughout Columbus and central Ohio.

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Contact: David Crawford, Public Affairs and Media Relations, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 614-293-3737 or