UVA Medical Center CEO Pamela Sutton-Wallace is stepping down from her role in November. She will join New York-Presbyterian Hospital as senior vice president and regional chief operating officer, a UVA Health spokesman confirmed.
Sutton-Wallace served as CEO since 2014. For the past two years Sutton-Wallace has been named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women Leaders and one of the Top 25 Minority Leaders. In 2016, she was on the 10 Minority Executives to Watch list in 2016 and also received the Up & Comer recognition in 2007.
In an email to colleagues that was published on Twitter, University of Virginia President James Ryan said Sutton-Wallace's departure "is in no way related" to a Kaiser Health News story that exposed UVA Health's aggressive billing and collection tactics. On Monday, Kaiser published a story in which the University of Virginia Health System came under fire for suing thousands of patients over unpaid medical bills.
According to the email and confirmed by the spokesman, Dr. Chris Ghaemmaghami, chief medical officer and senior associate dean for clinical affairs, will take over as interim CEO for the UVA Medical Center while the system searches for a replacement.