BayCare names chief physician executive

Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare will welcome Sowmya Viswanathan, MD, as its new chief physician executive at the start of 2023.

Dr. Viswanathan's role is effective Jan. 1. She has worked for BayCare since June as vice president and CMO of the system's St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's and St. Joseph's Women's hospitals in Tampa.

Before joining 15-hospital BayCare, Dr. Viswanathan was group chief medical officer for Dallas-based Tenet Health's divisions of Massachusetts and South Carolina hospitals. Previously, she held leadership roles in Massachusetts at Dartmouth Health's Accountable Care Organization, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care & Network Health and UMass Memorial Medical Center, among other organizations. Dr. Viswanathan is board-certified in internal medicine.

BayCare has seen numerous executive changes throughout 2022. Stephanie Conners, BSN, RN, took the helm as CEO in November, and numerous promotions followed.

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