Highmark subsidiary swipes UPMC physician to head up cancer institute

Allegheny Health Network, part of Highmark, hired a UPMC physician to chair its cancer institute, AHN said Nov. 7.

David Bartlett, MD, joins Pittsburgh-based AHN after serving several leadership roles at Highmark's Pittsburgh rival, UPMC. During his tenure at UPMC, Dr. Bartlett served as vice chair for surgical oncology and gastrointestinal surgery services, director of the David C. Koch Regional Perfusion Cancer Therapy Center, chief of surgery for Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, and the Bernard Fisher Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

As chair of the AHN Cancer Institute, Dr. Bartlett will lead more than 200 physicians and 500 advanced-practice oncology professionals. The institute is undergoing significant growth projects, including the opening of an $80 million academic center at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.            

Effective in spring 2020, Dr. Bartlett will succeed David Parda, MD, who was named president of AGH in October.

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