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Partners HealthCare names Dr. Anne Klibanski as president and CEO

The former interim president and CEO becomes the first female chief executive of Partners in Boston.

Susan Morse, Senior Editor

Partners HealthCare has named Dr. Anne Klibanski as its president and CEO.

She succeeds Dr. David Torchiana, who announced plans to retire earlier this year. Torchiana served in the role since March 2015.

"Over the past several months, it has become increasingly clear to each member of the board that Anne is the ideal leader for Partners as we move forward together as a truly integrated system," said Scott Sperling, chair of the Partners Board of Directors.

"Partners HealthCare is a great organization, but I believe we can be even better," Klibanski said.

WHY THIS MATTERS

Dr. Klibanski becomes the first female chief executive of Partners in Boston. She was named interim president and CEO in February.

She takes over as CEO at a time when task forces under her interim leadership have completed their work and will begin implementing their recommendations in the coming weeks and months, according to the board's announcement.

As interim president and CEO, Klibanski oversaw several major initiatives, including Partners 2.0 and a number of high-level board task forces aimed for  strategic and operational issues to ensure that Partners delivers upon its mission in an efficient and integrated manner, the board said.

BACKGROUND

Prior to being named interim president and CEO, Klibanski served as chief academic officer for Partners, a position she has held since 2012. In that role, she maintained leadership responsibilities spanning research, teaching and other activities.  She led multiple system-wide efforts aimed at clinical and educational collaboration and oversaw the Partners research enterprise of more than $1.8 billion annually.

Klibanski also served as the chief of Neuroendocrine at Massachusetts General Hospital and is recognized internationally for her research in neuroendocrine disorders and pituitary tumors. She will appoint a new chief academic officer.

Dr. Klibanski received her B.A., magna cum laude with honors in literature from Barnard College and her M.D. from New York University Medical Center.  She is the Laurie Carrol Guthart Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Academic Dean for Partners at Harvard Medical School. 

The nonprofit Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. It is among the largest private employers in the state.

ON THE RECORD

"Anne has done an outstanding job of managing this large and complex system as we continuously work to provide care of exceptional quality at the lowest possible cost," Sperling said. "Her long and extraordinary experience and leadership in research and teaching is so important to a system that is the global leader in life sciences research and the educator of the next generation of doctors and health system leaders. Her commitment to serving the unmet need of our local communities is crucial. It became obvious to us that any search was going to lead us right back to Anne."

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