MD Anderson Cancer Center appoints Dr. Stephen Hahn COO amid financial troubles: 6 takeaways

Houston-based University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center named Stephen Hahn, MD, deputy to the president and COO.

Here are six takeaways:

1. Dr. Hahn has served as division head, department chair and professor of radiation oncology at MD Anderson since January 2015.

2. He previously served as chair of the radiation oncology department at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

3. In his new roles, Dr. Hahn will oversee the day-to-day operations of MD Anderson as well as serve as the intermediary between the president and the executive vice president of administration; the provost and EVP; and the EVP and physician-in-chief.

4. Dr. Hahn completed a medical oncology fellowship and radiation oncology residency at the National Cancer Institute.

5. Dr. Hahn takes on his new roles at a time of financial upheaval for MD Anderson. The cancer center's operating deficit four months into its fiscal year 2017 is nearly $170 million. The center also announced plans to eliminate about 1,000 jobs.

6. The center's financial issues started in 2016, when it implemented a new Epic EHR system. The center attributed a 76.9 percent decrease in adjusted income for the 10 months ended June 30, 2016, to the Epic implementation.

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