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Leadership at UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare's leadership, physician faculty and dedicated staff are committed to being the leading provider of advanced specialty medical care in the region and beyond.

Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

  • Mark Newman, MD, Executive VP for Health Affairs 
  • Robert (Bo) Cofield, DrPH, VP & Chief Clinical Operations Officer 
  • Mark D. Birdwhistell, VP for Administration & External Affairs 
  • Craig C. Collins, VP & Chief Financial Officer 
  • Robert S. DiPaola, MD, VP & Dean, UK College of Medicine 
  • Brett Short, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Executive Committees

    Hardwiring Clinician & Administrative Input into Decisions

    Four executive groups serve as a forum for our clinicians and our managers to advise the executive team on the future direction for UK HealthCare in meeting our mission and achieving our vision to be among the top-ranked academic medical centers. Through them, transparency and communication is promoted up, down and across the enterprise.

    Executive Management Committee (EMC)

    Charge: Oversee key financial, operational, administrative, and academic goals and outcomes of the system and advise the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs on strategic clinical and academic affairs. The purpose of the committee is to promote transparency, communication, and a clear definition for decision making within the enterprise. Reporting alignments defined as needed to promote effective operations.

    Members:
    • Phil Chang, MD
    • Bo Cofield, DrPH
    • Craig Collins
    • Bob DiPaola, MD
    • Leigh Donald
    • Sonja Feist-Price
    • Jay Grider, DO, PhD
    • Darrell Jennings, MD
    • Susan McDowell, MD
    • David Moliterno, MD
    • Eric Monday, PhD
    • Mark Newman, MD
    • Cecilia Page, DNP
    • John Phillips
    • Marc Randall, MD
    • Brett Short
    • Colleen Swartz, DNP
    • Mark Williams, MD
    • Kim Wilson
    • Joseph Zwischenberger, MD

    Ambulatory Oversight Committee (AOC)

    Charge: Provide combined guidance and oversight of the evolving ambulatory enterprise of UK HealthCare. Primary focus is to work with ambulatory leadership to create the support for improved ambulatory operations and efficiency resulting in enhanced patient access, patient satisfaction and value. A clear focus on enhancing communication to empower clinicians and allow decision making and accountability at the local level.

    Members:
    • Mark Newman, MD
    • Bo Cofield, DrPH (Co-Chair)
    • Raleigh Jones, MD (Co-Chair)
    • Frank Blair
    • Roberto Cardarelli, MD
    • Phil Chang, MD
    • Scottie Day, MD
    • Rob Edwards, DrPH
    • Mark Evers, MD
    • Byron Gabbard
    • Jay Grider, DO, PhD
    • Wendy Hansen, MD
    • Seth Himelhoch, MD
    • Patty Hughes, DNP
    • Rick McClure, MD
    • David Moliterno, MD
    • Liz Oates, MD
    • Andy Pearson, MD
    • John Phillips
    • Marc Randall, MD
    • Sheila Sanders, MD
    • Jay Zwischenberger, MD

    Executive Finance Committee (EFC)

    Charge: Provide financial oversight for the University of Kentucky health care enterprise – UK HealthCare. Responsibilities include annual budgeting, revenue cycle oversight, short- and long-term financial planning, financial reporting and analysis along with monitoring of internal controls.

    Executive Sponsors:
    • Craig Collins
    • Robert Gaiser, MD
    Members:
    • Mark Newman, MD
    • Phillip Tibbs, MD
    • Stephen Strup, MD
    • Roger Humphries, MD
    • Larry Goldstein, MD
    • Andrew Pearson, MD
    • Rick McClure, MD
    • Christopher Desimone, MD
    • Bo Cofield, DrPH
    • Philip Chang, MD
    • Colleen Swartz, DNP
    • John Philips
    • Teresa Centers
    • Cecilia Page, DNP
    • Gary Johnson
    • James Wray
    Ex Officio:
    • Mark Birdwhistell
    • Bob DiPaola, MD
    • Byron Gabbard
    • Jerrod Carrico
    • Lorra Miracle
    • Roxie Allison
    • Julie Floyd
    • Frank Blair
    • Elaine Younce

    Executive Quality Committee (EQC)

    Charge: Senior oversight committee responsible for providing guidance and direction on the enterprise quality strategy for UK HealthCare (UKHC) and for coordinating all quality improvement, quality measurement, data reporting, patient safety, patient experience, value-based care and value-based payment efforts including the College of Medicine. The membership is comprised of UK HealthCare senior leadership, physician and nursing leaders, chairs, program directors and quality, safety, value and patient experience experts.

    Members:
    • Mark Newman, MD
    • Mark Birdwhistell
    • Bo Cofield, DrPH
    • Craig Collins
    • Mark Williams, MD
    • Colleen Swartz, DNP
    • Phillip Chang, MD
    • Scottie Day, MD
    • Wendy Hansen, MD
    • David Moliterno, MD
    • Susan Smyth, MD
    • Chester Jennings, MD
    • Eleftherios Xenos, MD
    • Jay Grider, DO, PhD
    • John Phillips
    • Cecilia Page, DNP
    • Elaine Younce
    • Amanda Green
    • Angela Lang
    • Trudi Matthews
    • Teresa Waters
    • Sandra Beck, MD
    • Vincent Sorrell, MD