Mayo Clinic Leader Joins UHS As President
Released on: April 04, 2011, 1:05 pm
Jimmy Ryals / University Health Systems
GREENVILLE, NC — University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina
announced today that Dr. David Herman, a physician leader with the Mayo
Clinic, will join UHS as president of the health care system.
Herman currently serves as medical director of the Mayo Clinic Affiliated Practice
Network. As UHS president, Herman will be responsible for the health system,
including coordinating and integrating health care at all levels of service, from
free community screenings and physician practices to local hospitals and tertiary
Dave McRae, chief executive officer of UHS, said the organization has been moving
for some time toward a more integrated system of health care delivery, and Herman
will lead that integration.
“Dr. Herman has experience in building a mature, integrated health care delivery
system,” McRae said. “His leadership at one of the world’s premiere health care
systems will guide us as we prepare for this new world of health care for eastern
Herman has significant expertise and experience consolidating and integrating
physician practice networks, developing formal relationships with national and
regional provider groups and building operational structures to serve those
As director of the Employee and Community Health Program at Mayo Clinic Rochester,
Herman worked to develop programs in the community and in the public school system
that address chronic illnesses and diseases.
Herman currently is a consultant in ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic and a professor of
ophthalmology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has more than 90
peer-reviewed publications and served as a principle investigator for an NIH grant
studying ocular hypertension and glaucoma.
Herman said his decision to relocate to eastern North Carolina was based on great
potential to unify a system of care that will be critical in the coming years.
“Few organizations are in the unique position of being able to build a true system
of care to address the care needs of the populations they serve,” Herman said. “I am
impressed with the people who make up UHS, and I am eager to work with the team to
design, execute and demonstrate this new system of health care. I am honored and
eager to have a chance to serve in this new capacity.”
Herman currently serves on the board of directors for the Mayo Health System, the
board of directors for the Western Region of the Mayo Health System, and is a member
of the management team of Mayo Clinic. Herman also served as chair of the Mayo
Clinic Rochester Clinical Practice Committee, an executive position similar to the
role he will assume at UHS.
He currently serves on the board of directors and the Strategy and Personnel
Committees for the Institute of Clinical Systems Improvement, directing the
development of guidelines and protocols of care for preventive services, acute and
Herman was recently named to the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House
Charities, the international charity that sponsors and supports Ronald McDonald
Herman is a native of International Falls, Minn. He received his bachelor’s degree
in physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his medical
degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. He completed his residency in
ophthalmology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and was senior staff
fellow at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
In 2000, he received a master’s degree in medical management from the University of
McRae said Herman will join UHS in summer 2011.
University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina Inc., a mission-driven, not-for-profit
corporation, owns, leases or has a majority membership interest in seven eastern
North Carolina hospitals and has management agreements with one other. UHS includes
Albemarle Health, Bertie Memorial Hospital, Chowan Hospital, Duplin General
Hospital, Heritage Hospital, Outer Banks Hospital, Pitt County Memorial Hospital,
Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, University Home Health and Hospice; ViQuest and physician
practices, and is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina
University. On the web at www.uhseast.com.
Contact Details: Jimmy Ryals
2100 Stantonsburg Road
P.O. Box 6028
Greenville, North Carolina 27835-6028
Phone: (252) 847-0413
Fax: (252) 847-7540
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