Change in Leadership at Geisinger

Desiree Burns
November 11, 2018

Geisinger's executive VP and chief medical officer, Jaewon Ryu, M.D., will take over as interim president and CEO starting December 1, before a monthlong transition period. Feinberg took himself out of the running this summer to be considered CEO of the healthcare venture launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase. From 2015 to now, he served as President and CEO of Geisinger, a health care company based in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ryu has been Geisinger's senior vice president and chief medical officer since 2016.

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His role may not include responsibility for the work being done at Google's wider parent conglomerate, Alphabet, which counts the life science research companies Calico and Verily under its umbrella.

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Google has now hired former Geisinger CEO David Feinberg to oversee all health initiatives at the company, including products still under development. The health system has also had a number of partnerships with industry to tackle digital health. That job ultimately went to Dr. Atul Gawande.

"Together, we have improved patient and member experience, along with our quality of care, employee engagement and physician and nurse recruitment, and our legacy of innovation has blossomed", Feinberg said in a statement. "This is a commitment to the community that should continue well beyond all leaders in the organization".

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