UK HealthCare Names New Surgical Medical Director
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 26, 2008) - Dr. Bernard Boulanger, associate professor of surgery and associate chief medical officer, has been named the new surgical medical director for UK HealthCare. He will replace Dr. Paul DePriest who served in this role prior to his appointment as chief medical officer.
In his new role, Boulanger will assist in the management of 18 major operating rooms, eight ambulatory surgical rooms, and a freestanding surgical center. He will oversee more than 20,000 procedures performed annually at all sites. Boulanger will also serve as a vital consultant to the Good Samaritan Administration regarding operating room utilization.
"Dr. Boulanger is a respected and gifted trauma surgeon who has broad experience in hospital systems and patient throughput. Dr. Boulanger's knowledge of the operating room coupled with his experience in hospital work flow positions him to team with nurses and physicians who will work to improve our operating rooms. I am very happy he has accepted this new challenge," said Dr. Paul DePriest, chief medical officer.
"As the surgical medical director, my goal is to provide our patients with peri-operative services that are efficient, safe and of high quality. I want to assure my colleagues, our patients and our referring physicians that UK will remain on the forefront of surgical care," Boulanger said.
During his tenure at UK HealthCare, Boulanger has served as an associate chief medical officer working extensively with the capacity command center regarding issues of patient throughput. He will continue these duties.
Boulanger received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, where he also completed his residency. Boulanger then spent two years as a clinical fellow at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was a general and trauma surgeon at the University of Toronto for six years before joining UK HealthCare in 1998. Boulanger is an attending surgeon in general and trauma surgery, surgical critical care and endoscopy.