Hospitalist movers and shakers – January 2020


Hyung (Harry) Cho, MD, SFHM, and Christopher Moriates, MD, SFHM, have been honored by Modern Healthcare as two of 25 emerging young executives in health care management.

Dr. Harry Cho, chief value officer for NYC Health + Hospitals

Dr. Harry Cho

Dr. Cho is chief value officer for NYC Health and Hospitals, where his focus is on eliminating unnecessary testing and treatments within the New York City public health system, which includes 11 hospitals and five post-acute care facilities. Before landing with NYC Health and Hospitals, Dr. Cho was director of quality, safety and value at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Christopher Moriates, MD, SFHM

Dr. Christopher Moriates

Dr. Moriates is assistant dean for health care and value at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, where he has created the Discovering Value-Based Health Care online learning platform. In addition, Dr. Moriates has helped design a care model to enhance the treatment of patients who suffer from opioid use disorder. Prior to arriving at Dell, he helped create curriculum to educate students about costs and value at the University of California, San Francisco.

Trina Abla, DO, was appointed chief medical officer at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby, Pa. A practicing hospitalist, Dr. Abla will be in charge of the hospital budget, the recruiting and training of physicians, and maintaining safety standards and quality care at the facility.

Prior to taking the position at Mercy Catholic, Dr. Abla was chief quality officer and associate CMO at Penn State Health St. Joseph in Reading, Pa.

Ghania El Akiki, MD, has been named to the board of advisors at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, Mass. Dr. Akiki is chief of hospitalist services at Beth Israel Deaconess, landing there after a fellowship in geriatrics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Akiki completed a physician leadership program at BID Medical Center in 2018, and serves as instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Michael Schandorf-Lartey, MD, has been named the chief medical officer at Doctors Hospital in Sarasota, Fla. Dr. Schandorf-Lartey has been a hospitalist at Doctors Hospital for the past 12 years.

In his time at Doctors, Dr. Schandorf-Lartey also has been chief of medicine, president-elect, and president of the medical staff. A native of Ghana, he has had experience working in rural and urban hospitals in Africa before coming to the United States.

Michael Roberts, MD, was named chief of staff at East Alabama Medical Center in Opeleika, Ala. He has been part of EAMC since 2008, when he became a hospitalist there through Internal Medicine Associates.

As chief of staff, Dr. Roberts will work with different components of the medical staff and serve as a liaison between the hospital board and its staff; assist in developing policies alongside the chief medical officer; and serve on many of the medical staff’s committees.

Brian Dawson, MD, has been named chief medical officer for Ballad Health, Southwest Region, based in Johnson City, Tenn. Dr. Dawson will lead Ballad Health locations in Washington County, which include Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Johnson City Medical Center, Niswonger Children Hospital, and Woodridge Hospital.

Dr. Dawson comes to Ballad Health after serving as vice president at VEP Healthcare, where he focused on contract management for the emergency medicine and hospitalist firm. Previously, he was chief of staff and Northeast regional director for emergency medicine at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abington, Va.

Eagle Telemedicine (Atlanta, Ga.) recently agreed to begin a telehospitalist program at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville, Ill. Eagle Telemedicine offers telehospitalist services to more than 150 hospitals nationwide.

A rural facility with fewer than 50 beds, JCH will use Eagle to make up for the lack of a full-time, onsite hospitalist program, taking strain off of physicians handling emergency calls. At JCH, telehospitalists work closely with onsite nurse practitioners to guide patients through their hospital stay.

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