UnitedHealthcare's CMO out weeks after taking role

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, one of the nation's leading patient safety experts, left UnitedHealthcare weeks after being named CMO in summer 2018, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

A spokesperson for UnitedHealth Group, the parent company of UnitedHealthcare, confirmed Dr. Pronovost's departure to the publication. The company did not provide any comment about why Dr. Pronovost left.

In January, Dr. Pronovost left his posts at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to become senior vice president for clinical strategy at UnitedHealthcare before becoming CMO. When he announced the move via Twitter in December 2017, he said it would be a "great opportunity to help improve care for millions."

Dr. Pronovost spent two decades at Johns Hopkins in roles as senior vice president for patient safety and quality at John Hopkins Medicine and director of Hopkins' Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. He is the developer of a checklist protocol to reduce infections associated with central line catheters.

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