The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Board of Directors has tapped Leslie Davis to be president and CEO.
Davis will take over for longtime president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff, who transformed the company over nearly five decades at UPMC, including 29 years as its top leader, on Aug. 1. Romoff will remain as president emeritus to facilitate the leadership transition until Oct. 1, when he will retire.
Davis has worked at UPMC for 17 year, most recently helming its Health Services Division, and has 30 years of experience in the healthcare business. As president of the Health Services Division, Davis oversaw UPMC's 40 hospitals in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.
"I look forward to continuing to ensure that healthcare is accessible and affordable to our communities while driving innovation, employee engagement, academic excellence and research across all of our hospitals and practices," Davis said in a news release.
Davis' experience prior to UPMC includes stints in senior executive positions at Tenet Healthcare, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, all in Philadelphia. Davis has degrees from the University of South Florida and Harvard University.
"In her 17 years at UPMC, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to clinical excellence and very strong relationships with our patient families, physicians, employees, leaders, and communities," UPMC board chair G. Nicholas Beckwith III said in a news release.
During Romoff's tenure, UPMC grew into a $23 billion global integrated healthcare delivery system and the largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania. Romoff led UPMC's international expansion with a focus on China, Italy, Ireland and Kazakhstan.