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Smith, MD, Appointed Executive Vice President and COO

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

Jeffrey A. Smith, MD

Following a comprehensive national search, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey A. Smith, MD, JD, MMM, as executive vice president, Hospital Operations and chief operating officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jeff, who will join Cedars-Sinai on August 27, 2018, succeeds Mark Gavens, who announced his retirement last year.

Jeff’s extensive leadership experience in academic medical center management, along with his clinical experience as a physician, will be crucial to Cedars-Sinai’s success in the years ahead. He is highly regarded for his innovation, collegiality and deep understanding of healthcare operations in both academic and community settings.

He is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, the 781-bed flagship academic medical center for the UMass Memorial Health System, which is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In that role, Jeff has been the institution’s senior operational leader, responsible for all clinical and support services. He also led initiatives to improve clinical quality, efficiency, patient flow and patient experience, and oversaw a $200 million campus-renovation project.

Prior to that, he served in leadership positions for ten years at Aurora Health Care, a 15-hospital health system in Wisconsin. His system roles included serving as executive vice president and interim chief clinical officer, where he was responsible for the Aurora Research Institute, medical education, patient safety and clinical informatics.

Jeff received his medical degree from the University of Miami and was chief medical resident at University of North Carolina Hospital and Clinics. He practiced internal medicine from 1999 to 2007 as a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He also earned a juris doctor degree from the Marquette University Law School and a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University. Jeff also attained his Lean Black Belt Certification.

Please join me in welcoming Jeff, his wife, Karen, and their boys, Andrew (18), Benjamin (16), Marquette (14) and Gavin (11) to the Cedars-Sinai family.