Mark Williams, MD, MHM, FACP, recently was appointed chief quality and transformation officer for the University of Kentucky’s UK HealthCare (Lexington). Dr. Williams, a tenured professor in the division of hospital medicine at the UK College of Medicine, will serve as chair of UK HealthCare’s Executive Quality Committee. Dr. Williams will lead integration of quality improvement, safety, and quality reporting with data analytics.
Dr. Williams established the first hospitalist program at a public hospital (Grady Memorial Hospital) and academic hospitalist programs at Emory University, Northwestern University, and UK HealthCare. An inaugural member of SHM, he is a past president, was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and led SHM’s Project BOOST.
Also at UK HealthCare, Romil Chadha, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP, has been named interim chief of the division of hospital medicine and medical director of Physician Information Technology Services. Previously, he was associate chief of the division of hospital medicine, and he also serves as medical director of telemetry.
Dr. Chadha is the founder of the Kentucky chapter of SHM, where he is the immediate past president. He is also the codirector of the Heartland Hospital Medicine Conference.
Amit Vashist, MD, MBA, CPE, FHM, FACP, FAPA, has been named chief clinical officer at Ballad Health, a 21-hospital health system in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwest North Carolina, and Southeast Kentucky.
In his new role, he will focus on clinical quality, value-based initiatives to improve quality while reducing cost of care, performance improvement, oversight of the clinical delivery of care and will be the liaison to the Ballad Health Clinical Council. Dr. Vashist is a member of The Hospitalist’s editorial advisory board.
Nagendra Gupta, MD, FACP, CPE, has been appointed to the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Internal Medicine Specialty Board. ABIM Specialty Boards are responsible for the broad definition of the discipline across Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Specialty Board members work with physicians and medical societies to develop Certification and MOC credentials to recognize physicians for their specialized knowledge and commitment to staying current in their field.
Dr. Gupta is a full-time practicing hospitalist with Apogee Physicians and currently serves as the director of the hospitalist program at Texas Health Arlington (Tex.) Memorial Hospital. He also serves as vice president for SHM’s North Central Texas Chapter.
T. Steen Trawick Jr., MD, was named the CEO of Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System in Shreveport, La., in August 2019.
Dr. Trawick has worked for Christus as a pediatric hospitalist since 2005 and most recently has served concurrently as associate chief medical officer for Sound Physicians. Through Sound Physicians, Dr. Trawick oversees the hospitalist and emergency medical programs for Christus and other hospitals – 14 in total – in Texas and Louisiana. He has worked in that role for the past 6 years.