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Richard V. Riggs, MD, Appointed Chief Medical Officer

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

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Richard V. Riggs, MD

Following a comprehensive national search, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Richard V. Riggs, MD, as Cedars-Sinai's senior vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer. 

Riggs, who currently serves as vice president, chief medical information officer and as chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has an extraordinary track record leading multidisciplinary teams focusing on clinical quality, safety and efficiency. His executive leadership skills have also been demonstrated during the planning, development and operation of the California Rehabilitation Institute.

As chief medical information officer since 2015, he has worked closely with our clinical staff to ensure that our information technology strengthens their ability to care for our patients. Throughout his 25-year career at Cedars-Sinai, Riggs has demonstrated his ability to work collegially and effectively throughout the institution, earning a well-deserved reputation for listening and leading. He has led numerous departmental and institutional quality and safety initiatives that have improved the care of our patients.

In his role as chief medical strategy officer and chief of staff of the California Rehabilitation Institute since 2015, Riggs has led the development of the physician staff and, along with the other members of the institute, has been instrumental in the very rapid and very successful growth of the organization, helping to bring its vision to fruition.

As senior vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer, Riggs will oversee clinical quality and medical standards to ensure the effective use of clinical resources in the provision of high-quality care to the patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. He will also work with John Jenrette, MD, and the medical leadership of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network to ensure appropriate standards throughout the organization. Finally, he will collaborate with the medical leadership of the other organizations which comprise the Cedars-Sinai health system in the development of the vision and systems to assure the provision of high-quality, effective care. Riggs will report to me for policy-related matters and to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Smith, MD, for operational matters.

I would like to thank Rekha Murthy, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs and associate chief medical officer, for her outstanding work as acting chief medical officer since Michael Langberg's retirement in May 2018.

Please join me in congratulating Riggs on his appointment and promotion. Cedars-Sinai is very fortunate to have his leadership and collegiality in the years ahead.