Comings, Goings & Transitions: July/August 2019
Klibanski Named Partners President and CEO
The Partners HealthCare Board of Directors has named Anne Klibanski, MD, president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare. Klibanski was named interim president and CEO in February.
In these roles, Klibanski oversaw several major initiatives including Partners 2.0 and several high-level board task forces designed to ensure that Partners is optimally organized to deliver upon its mission in an efficient and integrated manner. In recent months under Klibanski’s leadership, those task forces have completed their work, and implementation of their recommendations will begin in the coming weeks and months.
Klibanski succeeds David Torchiana, MD, who had served in the role since March 2015 and announced his plans to retire earlier this year.
Medina Promoted to Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Danika Medina, MBA, MPA, RN, FACHE, NE-BC, has been promoted to associate chief nursing officer in recognition of her outstanding leadership in Ambulatory Nursing.
Since assuming the role of executive director of Ambulatory Nursing last year, Medina has overseen the growth of nurse-only patient visits in clinics where a nurse can provide high-quality care that meets the patient’s needs. Medina is partnering with interprofessional colleagues to enhance quality and safety, ensure seamless operations and deliver the best experience for patients, families, providers, staff and faculty. Additional contributions in the past year include establishing a program series to support nurse leaders, hosting an onsite review for the ambulatory nurse certification exam and implementing a toolkit that outlines various roles and scope of practice for the entire ambulatory community.
As associate chief nurse for Ambulatory Nursing, Medina will continue to oversee nursing clinical practice throughout our nearly 200 ambulatory sites, with a focus on caring for those who care for patients by creating a supportive and dynamic practice environment.
Kwait Appointed Chief of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Dylan Kwait, MD, assumed the role of chief of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) on July 1, reporting to both David O. McCready, MBA, MHA, president of BWFH and Giles W. L. Boland, MD, chair of the Brigham’s Department of Radiology.
Kwait graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan and a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Maimonides Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. Kwait completed his training with a fellowship in Breast Imaging at the Brigham.
After a year in private practice, Kwait returned to Brigham Health in 2015. He has been primarily based at BWFH, where he covered the Breast and Emergency Radiology services. When the department fully integrated into Brigham Health, Kwait facilitated the transition for members of the Breast Division and worked to harmonize workflows and operations. Kwait now practices exclusively as a breast imager for all of Brigham Health. He is a devoted educator, serving as the associate director of the Harvard Medical School Radiology Clerkship.
Flanigan Named Associate Medical Director of the NICU
Elizabeth Flanigan, MD, assumed the role of associate medical director of the NICU at the Brigham on July 1.
Flanigan returned to the Brigham from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital where she has been working the last two years. Flanigan received her bachelor’s degree from Ripon College in Wisconsin before receiving her MD from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. She also received a master’s in Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans. She undertook her Pediatric Residency and Neonatal Fellowship at the National Capital Consortium in Washington, D.C., completing training in 2008. She was then placed as a neonatologist at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, where she rose to be medical director of the NICU from 2011 to 2013, further rising to medical director for Newborn Services from 2013 to 2016. She then spent a year at the Brigham with medical directorship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center before returning to Seattle Children’s for two years.
iHub Welcomes Three New Team Members
In July, the Brigham’s Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) announced the appointments of three new team members. Caroline Coy, MPH, will serve as innovation strategy manager, managing development and execution of strategic digital innovation initiatives, including startup digital solution pilots, industry partnerships and custom development for hospital-identified challenges. Don Gummow and Mary (Mimi) Dunn joined the iHub as innovation and operations analysts. They are responsible for managing and monitoring the iHub’s core functions to ensure operational success as well as fostering and supporting digital health initiatives at the Brigham.
Most recently, Coy was the branch chief for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In this role, she led a team focused on executing initiatives related to the intersection of digital and public health. This included responding to public health priorities such as the opioid epidemic, incentivizing use of digital health technology and supporting innovation through public events and prize competitions. Coy has experience planning and executing strategic initiatives and partnerships with diverse stakeholders including startups and the innovation community.
Gummow previously served as an operations manager at Affect Mental Health, an early-stage, Boston-based mental health startup incubator focused on developing and commercializing solutions improving access to quality mental health care. He aims to use his interdisciplinary background to identify the best ways to support health care innovators.
Dunn previously worked as a technology consultant at IBM and held internships as a health care consultant and health care strategic markets analyst. Her interest in health care has grown organically through her life experiences, education and prior job opportunities.
Dimitroff Departs for Florida International University
After honing his research prowess at the Brigham for the last 20 years, Charles (Chuck) Dimitroff, MS, PhD, of the Department of Dermatology, will be embarking on new challenges at Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). Dimitroff has accepted the opportunity of guiding biomedical research as executive associate dean for Research at the HWCOM, building a new Translational Glycobiology Institute as its founding director, and continuing his research program in cancer glycobiology/glyco-immunology as professor with tenure in the Department of Translational Medicine.
Dimitroff attributes these prospects to his experiences at the Brigham, the Harvard Immunology Program and the Department of Dermatology and through the guidance of the hospital’s leadership and his long-time mentors and friends in the department. He will never forget their input in shaping his research interests and providing resources and career development opportunities that helped prepare him for these new leadership positions.