* Duke University has hired Victor Dzau, a cardiovascular physician, as president and CEO of three-hospital Duke University Health System, Durham, N.C., effective May 6. Dzau, 57, also will be the university's chancellor of health affairs as of July 1. He leaves a position as professor at Harvard Medical School, his second stint at the medical school. When he returned to Harvard in 1996, Dzau also took up duties as chairman of the department of medicine, physician in chief and director of research at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Dzau taught at Stanford University School of Medicine before returning to Harvard. He replaces Ralph Snyderman, an immunologist, who is scheduled to retire in June after 15 years as the university's senior medical official (March 10, 2003, p. 14). The appointment is the latest in a series of major hospital system hires of physician CEOs.
* Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., has hired a lawyer away from HCA to work on managed-care issues, which have been contentious for Tenet since its strategy of rapidly increasing gross charges was exposed in November 2002. Douglas Clarkson will fill the newly created position of assistant general counsel for managed care. Clarkson, 44, has worked for HCA as senior managed-care counsel since 1996. Before that, he worked with the health plan unit of Travelers Insurance, which eventually became part of UnitedHealth Group. Clarkson began his career in healthcare law at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas in 1990. He has been a member of the American Health Lawyers Association since 1991. Tenet owns or operates 100 hospitals but is divesting 31 of them.