Emory Healthcare taps UPMC exec as CEO

Emory Healthcare, an 11-hospital system headquartered in Atlanta, has named Joon Sup Lee, MD, CEO, effective July 1. 

Dr. Lee currently is executive vice president at Pittsburgh-based UPMC and president of UPMC Physician Services, where he is responsible for 5,000 employed physicians and all clinically active faculty. 

He joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 1996 where he has served in several leadership roles, including chief of cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and chief medical officer for UPMC Health Plan. Throughout his 26-year tenure, he helped UPMC evolve from a five-hospital system to a 40-hospital system, supporting and leading integration initiatives, service lines and practice plans, according to a May 1 news release. 

An interventional cardiologist by training, Dr. Lee's research focuses on the role of stem cells in the treatment of coronary artery disease, rapid treatment of cardiac emergencies and catheter-based therapy for valvular heart disease. 

"Dr. Lee joins Emory Healthcare following a period of unprecedented growth, challenge and opportunity," Emory Board Chair John Rice said. "A key component of Emory University's strategic plan is improving the health of individuals and communities at home and throughout the world. We look forward to working closely with Dr. Lee as we work to make this goal a reality in the coming years."

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