Chief medical officers, VPsWilliam Gold, M.D., was named chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, St. Paul. He had been vice president and medical director.Richard Ludgin, M.D., was named vice president of the center for clinical decision support and quality at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He had been vice president of the healthcare division and risk management and claims/medical director at Lexington Insurance Co., Boston.James McCoy, M.D., was named vice president of clinical integration at Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill. He had been vice president of medical affairs at St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, Ill.Gerald Osband, M.D., was named executive vice president and corporate medical director of Health Risk Management, Minneapolis. He had been vice president of medical affairs and managed-care development at Wausau (Wis.) Insurance Cos.
Medical directorsJames Besunder, D.O., was named director for the division of critical-care medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron (Ohio). He had been chief of the division of pediatric critical care and pharmacology, medical director of inpatient pediatrics, associate director of pediatric trauma and director of the Lead Clinic at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland.Thomas Farrell, M.D., was named medical director of Unity Health Care Centers, St. Louis. He had been a full-time emergency room practitioner at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Crystal City, Mo.Bruce Sangeorzan, M.D., was named chief of orthopedics at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle. He currently is professor of orthopedics at the University of Washington, Seattle.David Williams, M.D., was named corporate medical director of Alliance Blue Cross and Blue Shield, St. Louis. He had been medical director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Other appointmentsJohn Combes, M.D., was named senior medical adviser and regional executive of the American Hospital Association, Harrisburg, Pa. He had been senior vice president of medical affairs at Baptist Health Care, Pensacola, Fla.Stephen Gleason, D.O., was named senior medical adviser to the administrator of HCFA, Baltimore. He will continue to teach part time at the Mercy-Mayo Family Practice Residency Program, Des Moines, Iowa.