Partners interim CEO Dr. Anne Klibanski: Helping women succeed is important

People close to Anne Klibanski, MD, the interim president and CEO of Boston-based Partners HealthCare, told The Boston Globe she will likely serve as a good leader for the state's largest health system, and work to build policies to support women so they can rise to leadership positions.

Dr. Klibanski, 68, has mentored numerous physicians and researchers in her dual roles as chief academic officer for Partners and chief of the neuroendocrine unit at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital. Sources close to Dr. Klibanski told the publication she is someone who can see the big picture of the organization, understands people and medicine, and actively solicits collaboration to solve problems.

She is also a fierce advocate for female physicians and scientists. She was part of a team that established a backup childcare center for Massachusetts General Hospital employees, and helped launch a competitive $50,000, two-year grant program allowing female scientists to hire research assistants to continue their research initiatives while raising their children.

Dr. Klibanski told The Boston Globe she began her career during a time where there were few women in medicine.

"There weren't a lot of women faculty I could look to who I could say: 'Here's someone who is a leader.' There were some — and that was of huge value to me," she said. "Having a diverse group of people at any stage at any time in the organization, that really does give the richest and broadest perspective."

Dr. Klibanski, who will serve as chief executive for at least one year, will also be responsible for continuing her predecessor's plans to further integrate all of the hospitals in the Partners system and reassess its governance, brand and other areas.

The former CEO of Partners, David Torchiana, MD, announced plans in January to retire from his role in April. Health system officials said Dr. Klibanski will receive a base salary in line with Dr. Torchiana's pay of $2 million per year, the report states.

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