Hospitalist movers and shakers – September 2021


Chi-Cheng Huang, MD, SFHM, was recently was named one of the Notable Asian/Pacific American Physicians in U.S. History by the American Board of Internal Medicine. May was Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Dr. Huang is the executive medical director and service line director of general medicine and hospital medicine within the Wake Forest Baptist Health System (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and associate professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Dr. Huang is a board-certified hospitalist and pediatrician, and he is the founder of the Bolivian Children Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on sheltering street children in La Paz and other areas of Bolivia. Dr. Huang was inspired to start the project during a year sabbatical from medical school. He worked at an orphanage and cared for children who were victims of physical abuse. The Bolivian Children Project supports those children, and Dr. Huang’s book, When Invisible Children Sing, tells their story.

Joshua Lenchus, DO, RPh, SFHM, has been elected president of the Florida Medical Association. It is the first time in its history that the FMA will have a DO as its president. Dr. Lenchus is a hospitalist and chief medical officer at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mark V. Williams, MD, MHM, will join Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare, both in St. Louis, as professor and chief for the Division of Hospital Medicine in October 2021. Dr. Williams is currently professor and director of the Center for Health Services Research at the University of Kentucky and chief quality officer at UK HealthCare, both in Lexington.

Dr. Williams was a founding member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, one of the first two elected members of the Board of SHM, its former president, founding editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, and principal investigator for Project BOOST. He established the first hospitalist program at a public hospital (Grady Memorial in Atlanta) in 1998, and later became the founding chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2007 at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. At the University of Kentucky, he established the Center for Health Services Research and the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2014.

At Washington University, Dr. Williams will be tasked with translating the division of hospital medicine’s scholarly work, innovation, and research into practice improvement, focusing on developing new systems of health care delivery that are patient-centered, cost effective, and provide outstanding value.

Jordan Messler, MD, SFHM, has been named the new chief medical officer at Glytec (Waltham, Mass.), where he has worked as executive director of clinical practice since 2018. Dr. Messler will be tasked with leading strategy and product development while also supporting efforts in quality care, customer relations, and delivery of products.

Glytec provides insulin management software across the care continuum and is touted as the only cloud-based software provider of its kind. Dr. Messler’s background includes expertise in glycemic management. In addition, he still works as a hospitalist at Morton Plant Hospitalist Group (Clearwater, Fla.).

Dr. Messler is a senior fellow with SHM and is physician editor of SHM’s official blog The Hospital Leader.


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