Michael Waldrum, MD, MSc, MBA, president and chief executive officer of the University of Arizona Health Network, has been appointed to the national board of directors of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, a division of the American Association of Medical Colleges.
The Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) is a group of approximately 400 of the nation’s leading major teaching hospitals and health systems. Membership is recognized throughout the world as a benchmark for excellence in patient care, research and medical education.
COTH is led by teaching hospital CEOs and executives who are among the most prominent and innovative leaders in health care. COTH leaders currently are focused on issues of unique interest to the academic medical community including advancing graduate medical education, increasing price transparency, integrating new Medicaid models, promoting insurance exchanges that meet patients’ needs, and improving the value of academic medical centers.
In addition to the prestigious COTH appointment, Dr. Waldrum recently was named by Becker’s Hospital Review to its 2014 list of 100 Physician Leaders of Hospital and Health Systems, based on his health-care experience, accolades and commitment to quality care.
Dr. Waldrum was named UAHN CEO in 2013 following stints as a CIO, COO and CEO of the University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham and as vice president of UAB Health System. In addition to overseeing UAHN’s $1.2 billion enterprise, Dr. Waldrum cares for patients at the UA Medical Center as a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonology.
Dr. Waldrum graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, received a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan.
About the UA Health Network
The University of Arizona Health Network, Arizona’s first academic medical system, includes two hospitals, dozens of clinics, a health plan division and the practice plan for 600 faculty physicians of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. With more than 6,000 employees, it is one of the largest employers in Southern Arizona. Its mission is Advancing Health and Wellness through Education, Research and Patient Care.