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Here's who UCD chancellor chose to lead UC Davis Health

David A. Lubarsky, the new CEO of UC Davis Health, has written more than 100 papers for peer-reviewed publications on topics such as health-care economics, informatics, and operating-room management.
David A. Lubarsky, the new CEO of UC Davis Health, has written more than 100 papers for peer-reviewed publications on topics such as health-care economics, informatics, and operating-room management. Courtesy of University of California, Davis

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David A. Lubarsky will assume the role of chief executive officer of UC Davis Health and vice chancellor of Human Health Services at the University of California, Davis, the office of UC Davis Chancellor Gary May announced Friday.

Since 2012, Lubarsky has been the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System. As CEO of UC Davis Health, he will lead UC Davis' school of medicine, school of nursing, medical center and primary-care network, working closely with UC Davis Medical Center CEO Ann Madden Rice.

“David brings to UC Davis broad experience and proven results in a major healthcare market,” May said, noting that Lubarsky's work has gained national attention. "His success in raising funds to meet pressing needs, including for enhanced access to Medicaid and indigent patients, aligns well with our values at UC Davis Health.”

Lubarsky takes over from long-time family physician and educator Tom Nesbitt, who took the job on an interim basis until a successor could be found for Julie Freischlag. She left UC Davis in February 2017 after three years to become president and chief executive officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

At the University of Miami Health System, Lubarsky has overseen the system’s four hospitals, chief medical officers, patient safety and quality, plus he led the university’s patient and visitor services as well as the self-insured malpractice program.

Of landing the leadership position at UC Davis, Lubarsky said: “It is a privilege to join this highly regarded, progressive and nationally recognized health system … I have already heard many great ideas about how to catapult Davis to greater heights, and I hope to harness those ideas to catalyze innovation so that we better serve our patients, our local community and our academic mission.”

During his tenure at the University of Miami, the UC news release stated, Lubarsky focused on creating systemwide consistent approaches to care and quality improvement, establishing systemwide a safety and quality office, a safety and quality governing board, a chief medical officer council and other centralized leadership teams.

The UC Davis Chancellor's Office also noted that Lubarsky has won recognition for his success in helping establish a centralized scheduling system, improving infrastructure, and improving performance across many areas of the University of Miami health system. In his time there, he brought in more than $100 million a year from government sources to increase access for Medicaid and indigent patients.

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