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Texas Children’s announces new president, and more | MED MOVES


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center names its first hospital president, and Brigham and Women's appoints a chief medical officer.

For the first time since the 1980s, Texas Children’s is going to have a new president.

Mark Wallace and Debra Feigin Sukin (Texas Children's)

Mark Wallace and Debra Feigin Sukin (Texas Children's)

Debra Feigin Sukin has been named the new president of Texas Children’s, the nation’s largest children’s hospital. She’ll begin in her new role on Jan. 8.

Sukin will report to Mark A. Wallace, who will continue to serve as chief executive officer. Wallace has been serving as president and CEO for 34 years, but announced he was stepping down as president earlier this year.

Sukin serves as an executive vice president with Houston Methodist, where she has responsibility for four hospitals and is the CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. Before joining Houston Methodist, she was the senior vice president of St. Luke’s Health System in the Texas Medical Center.

“I am truly honored and excited to serve as the new president of Texas Children’s,” Sukin said in a statement. “Texas Children’s has always been a profoundly special place to me, and I’m humbled to have this opportunity. This is an amazing organization and I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff throughout the system and leading the next evolution of Texas Children’s.”

Both of Sukin’s parents worked at Texas Children’s, and Sukin volunteered there when she was 16.

The board unanimously voted to approve Sukin’s appointment.

Wallace called Sukin “an exemplary and talented leader.”

“Her expertise, vision and values are a perfect fit for our organization and where we are headed in the future,” Wallace said in a statement.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center names hospital president

Shelly Anderson has been named the inaugural president of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Shelly Anderson (Memorial Sloan Kettering)

Shelly Anderson (Memorial Sloan Kettering)

Anderson began her new role on Sept. 25.

She previously worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She had served on the hospital’s leadership team since 2011.

Anderson now oversees the operations of Memorial Hospital and the coordination of cancer care across the system’s outpatient network, with locations in Brooklyn, Westchester County, Long Island, and New Jersey.

“I am honored to serve as the first Hospital President at MSK and to work alongside the outstanding leadership team and staff across the institution,” Anderson said in a statement. “I look forward to joining this world-class cancer center dedicated to patient care, discovery science, and clinical care model innovation, with locations, services, and impact throughout the world.”

Selwyn M. Vickers, president and CEO of MSK, hailed Anderson’s experience as she takes on the new post.

“Shelly is a highly collaborative leader who brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare administration, strategy implementation, and operations improvement and will help us embrace change for the future, foster continuous improvement, and advance our mission to end cancer for life,” Vickers said in a statement.

Charles A. Morris (Brigham and Women's)

Charles A. Morris (Brigham and Women's)

Brigham and Women’s appoints chief medical officer

Charles A. Morris has been named chief medical officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Morris has been serving in an interim role since last November. He’ll also serve as chief medical officer for Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization.

Morris has held several leadership posts at Brigham, and has worked in the office of the Chief Medical Officer at Brigham for seven years.

"The Brigham family is known for providing exceptional patient care and innovative research, and I’m honored to have been chosen for this role,” Morris said in a statement. “I look forward to collaborating with the Brigham’s talented leadership within Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization.”

Robert S.D. Higgins, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, cited Morris’ accomplishments.

“His proven track record of thoughtful and strategic leadership, coupled with his vast experience serving our community as a dedicated clinician make him a perfect fit for this role,” Higgins said in a statement.

Main Line Health CFO is retiring

Mike Buongiorno, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Main Line Health for more than 25 years, has announced his plans to retire.

Mike Buongiorno (Main Line Health)

Mike Buongiorno (Main Line Health)

Buongiorno is stepping down at the end of 2023. The system says it has tapped a recruiting firm to help find his successor.

“I have been very privileged to work with many talented leaders, physicians, clinicians and team members and to be able to learn from them and collaborate with them to position Main Line Health to be an outstanding provider in southeastern Pennsylvania,” Buongiorno said in a statement. “I wish them well and know the system has a bright future.”

The system said his leadership played a key role in the growth of Main Line Health. He first joined the system in 1994 as the regional chief financial officer of Paoli Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Three years later, he was promoted to executive vice president and CFO, a role he has held ever since.

Buongiorno also served two years as interim CEO of Main Line Health from 2003 to 2005.

“Mike has left an indelible mark on Main Line Health that will be impactful for generations to come,” Jack Lynch, Main Line Health president and CEO, said in a statement. “I appreciate and am indebted to his thoughtful and strategic leadership.”

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