Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance named Dr. Assaad Sayah to succeed Dr. Gerald Steinberg as the organization's chief medical officer.
Sayah, 52, will start as the alliance's medical chief in January and will act as a physician advocate and leader and play a role in quality oversight, according to a news release announcing his appointment. In November, Steinberg announced plans to retire.
The alliance, which includes the Cambridge Public Health Department, formed a clinical and academic affiliation
in early 2013 with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
Sayah has held several leadership roles with the Cambridge Health Alliance since he joined the system in 2006, including chief of emergency medicine, medical staff president, chairman of the system's chiefs' council and his current position as senior vice president of primary and emergency care.
“Assaad will act as a strong voice for patients and providers at the executive level, which will be critical as we advance performance improvement initiatives that will increase our revenues, lower costs, and enhance our operations,” alliance CEO Patrick Wardell said in the release. Follow Melanie Evans on Twitter: @MHmevans