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PeaceHealth selects new chief medical officer

The Columbian
Published: January 8, 2016, 6:07am

PeaceHealth has named Dr. Mark Adams the new chief medical officer for the Vancouver-based nonprofit health system.

Adams, 62, currently serves as community chief medical officer for CHI Franciscan Health system in Seattle. He has also served as the organization’s chief medical officer and vice president for medical affairs.

Adams begins at PeaceHealth on March 7.

“PeaceHealth is an organization with a great reputation and mission-driven focus,” Adams said in a news release. “I’ve been in the Northwest a long time so I know that PeaceHealth is well-organized and a high-integrity organization. I look for that as a differentiator.”

Adams replaces Dr. Michael Murphy, who left PeaceHealth in late August after less than three months on the job.

Adams will be responsible for leading clinical strategies for the $2 billion system, which includes 10 hospitals and an 800-member multi-specialty group practice in communities across Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Adams received both his bachelor’s and doctor of medicine degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

He conducted his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Adams is board-certified in general and vascular surgeries in Washington. He ran his own private practice in thoracic and vascular surgery for more than 20 years.

He has served on the Cambia Health Solutions board of directors since 2009 and was the first practicing physician to serve on the American Hospital Association board of trustees, a position he held for three years.