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Dr. Harold Paz to Join SBU Leadership Team as Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

September 1, 2021

Dear Members of the Stony Brook Community,

I am pleased to share with you that, following a comprehensive national search with many exceptionally qualified candidates in the pool, Harold “Hal” Paz, M.D., M.S., currently Executive Vice President and chancellor for health affairs at The Ohio State University and Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, will join Stony Brook University on October 4, 2021 as Executive Vice President for Health Sciences. Dr. Paz is an exceptional leader, clinician and educator who shares our aspirations and commitment to vital research, outstanding clinical care and academic excellence. Reporting directly to me and a member of my senior leadership team, he will work in partnership with academic, hospital and clinical leadership and with community partners to ensure the continued advancement of our premier academic medical center and health system.

As executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at The Ohio State University, where he is a professor of medicine and public health sciences, Dr. Paz is responsible for seven health science colleges including more than 20 research institutes and an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. He also serves as CEO of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, a health system that includes seven hospitals, 16 network hospitals, more than 100 outpatient sites, a multispecialty practice, an accountable care organization and a health plan.

Currently serving on the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Consortium and the board of directors of Research!America, Dr. Paz brings nearly 25 years of leadership in health care and academic medicine to Stony Brook University. Prior to joining Ohio State University, he was the executive vice president and chief medical officer for CVS Health/Aetna where he provided clinical leadership for the company’s domestic and global businesses. He was also a professor adjunct of internal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Prior to his experience in the private sector, Paz served as senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the college of medicine at Pennsylvania State University, and CEO of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System. He served as dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group for more than a decade. He also has served as chair of the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers and chair of the board of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Paz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, a master of science degree in life science engineering from Tufts University and a medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency at Northwestern University, where he was chief medical resident. Dr. Paz was a Eudowood Fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School and a postdoctoral fellow in environmental health science at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

I'd like to thank the search committee led by Dr. Todd Griffin, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, and Paul Goldbart, Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, for their dedication and service to finding the best candidate for Executive Vice President for the Health Sciences. I am confident that, grounded in our clinical, academic and research missions, Dr. Paz will work collaboratively across the university to enhance Stony Brook’s reputation for innovation, education, quality care, and service to our community. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Paz to the Stony Brook Community when he begins his work on October 4. 



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Maurie McInnis