Who: Dr. Jonathan Lewin, 56
New role: Starting Feb. 1, Lewin becomes CEO of Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare and executive VP for health affairs at Emory University. Lewin comes to Emory from Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he was senior VP of integrated healthcare delivery and co-chairman for strategic planning at the academic medical complex in Baltimore. He is the permanent replacement for John Fox, who left Emory earlier this year to become CEO of Beaumont Health in suburban Detroit.
Best part of academic medicine: “It's a setting full of intelligent and innovative people joining together to educate professionals, pursue clinical discoveries and provide excellent and compassionate care in the community. There are few, if any, other occupations like it.”
Priorities: “First, to learn as much as I can about the academic programs and delivery system at Emory. My second job will be to determine how best to integrate them so that the whole is greater than the parts.”
Competing as a stand-alone in a consolidating market: “There are many tools besides mergers to create a successful healthcare delivery system. Merging cultures is a challenging thing. Other options include looser affiliations with hospitals, connecting clinics, and other ways of creating an integrated delivery system. I spent the last two years at Johns Hopkins focusing on that.”