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UAHN names Dr. Michael Waldrum new system President & CEO


Michael R. Waldrum, MD, MS, MBA, an experienced hospital administrator and a senior leader of the University of Alabama academic medical system, has been named chief executive officer of The University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) effective Jan. 27, 2013.

As the CEO of UAHN, Dr. Waldrum will lead the Health Network’s two hospitals, clinics, health plans and physician practice plan.

Dr. Waldrum currently serves as the CEO of the University of Alabama (UAB) Hospital at Birmingham, and as vice president of the UAB Health System. Prior to his current role, he served as chief operating officer and chief information officer of UAB. He has been a member of the medical staff of UAB School of Medicine since 1995 in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

“Dr. Waldrum brings vision and experience at a critical time in UAHN’s history as we prepare to meet the challenges of health-care reform,” said UAHN Board of Director Chairman Steven W. Lynn.

“As a physician executive, Dr. Waldrum has a unique perspective and proven record of leading a highly complex academic medical system. His experience will be critical to the success of the Health Network’s mission of providing excellent medical education, patient care and cutting-edge research,” said Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine -Tucson.

Dr. Waldrum graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, received a master’s degree in epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan.

“I am honored by the trust the UAHN Board and the University of Arizona have placed in me to lead this great institution, and to be connected to one of the nation’s leading research universities. I’m impressed with the caliber of physicians and staff that I’ve met and I am looking forward to joining them in the new year,” Dr. Waldrum said.

Dr. Waldrum is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonology. He maintained an active teaching and clinical practice at UAB and hopes to do the same in Tucson, he said. His professional expertise is in applying aggregate data to make operational clinical decisions, in intensive care outcomes management and in health information management to measure performance effectiveness.

Karen Mlawsky, CEO of the Health Network’s Hospital Division, and Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine --Tucson, have been serving as interim co-chief executives of the Health Network during the search. They will return to their original roles when Dr. Waldrum arrives in January.