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New VP to Help Lead Clinical Transformation

Sharon Isonaka, MD, has been named vice president of Clinical Transformation at Cedars-Sinai.

Isonaka will have a leadership role in efforts to improve clinical efficiency across the health system. She will participate in Cedars-Sinai Medicine initiatives to improve the appropriateness of care and to safely reduce length of stay and cost per case. Isonaka also will support efforts to improve clinical case management and will help develop and implement the physician adviser program.

She will be involved with the medical center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates. Isonaka will lead a number of new initiatives that will prepare the organization for value-based care, and she will help to develop and implement Cedars-Sinai's patient engagement strategy.

Isonaka is a former vice president at Amgen, where she worked for eight years in the area of value demonstration and payer reimbursement. Before Amgen, she was senior vice president at Optum (which was called Ingenix at the time), a subsidiary of United Healthcare, and previously at Cerner and Value Health Sciences. She started her career at Cigna and was based at Cedars-Sinai.

She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Stanford University and attended the Baylor College of Medicine. Isonaka completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and completed fellowships in neonatology at Yale and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Isonaka started at Cedars-Sinai on Jan. 7.