By Tufts Medical Center
The Tufts Medical Center board of trustees announced April 3 it voted unanimously to appoint Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, as president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children on a permanent basis. Wagner, a nationally respected physician executive and health care thought leader, has held the title of interim president and CEO since September 2013. He had previously served as president and CEO of the 550-member Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization and Tufts MC’s chief medical officer.
“The board has been extremely impressed with Doctor Wagner’s performance in the interim CEO role over the past six months,” said Thomas Hollister, chairman of the Tufts Medical Center board of trustees. “Doctor Wagner is a wise and innovative leader who understands the complexities of health care from so many angles as a primary care physician, a private sector executive and a patient safety advocate. This expertise will be invaluable as Tufts Medical Center builds on its rich tradition of health care innovation and transforms how care is delivered as the health care industry continues to change. We are very pleased that Doctor Wagner, who began his career here in our primary care offices, will now be our chief executive officer.”
“It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to lead this historic institution at this exciting time,” said Wagner. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with the board to ensure that Tufts Medical Center sets the industry standard for how an academic medical center can improve health care by working collaboratively with our community partners. I have long had an affinity for Tufts Medical Center, its staff and physicians; continuing to work side by side with them is inspiring.”
Wagner and Ellen Zane, vice chairwoman of the Tufts Medical Center board of trustees, will continue to work in concert on the Medical Center’s strategic planning and execution.
Wagner has diverse experience in health care through his work at academic medical centers, community hospitals and in the private sector. At Tufts MC, Wagner began his career in the internal medicine practice nearly 25 years ago
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