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After Three Years Of Searching, Parkland Names Permanent Chief Medical Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System has hired 15-year veteran hospitalist Dr. Roberto de la Cruz as chief medical officer over the safety net system’s properties. The hire marks the end of a more than three-year search that has seen two doctors hold the system’s highest clinical position on an interim basis.
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Parkland Health & Hospital System has hired 15-year veteran hospitalist Dr. Roberto de la Cruz as chief medical officer over the safety net system’s properties. The hire marks the end of a more than three-year search that has seen two doctors hold the system’s highest clinical position on an interim basis.

De la Cruz will begin on January 7. De la Cruz has been chief of the Hospitalist Service at Parkland as well as an assistant professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Mediacal Center. He was the associate medical director at Parkland’s East Dallas Health Center from 1998 to 2000 and also served as a member of Parkland’s board of managers from 2011 to 2013. He is a past winner of the Distinguished Physician Award at Parkland (1999) and UT Southwestern’s John S. Miller Outstanding House Officer Award (1996). Baylor University Medical Center honored him with the Teaching Award in 2004.

“I am extremely pleased that Dr. de la Cruz has accepted this appointment and will lead our continuing efforts to sustain the quality and safety of care at Parkland,” said Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, Parkland’s President and CEO. “His experience and demonstrated commitment to quality care ideally qualify him to help direct Parkland forward as we plan for the healthcare challenges and opportunities ahead.”

A search for chief medical officer has been underway since 2012. Dr. Christopher Madden, a neurosurgeon, requested in January of this year that he be allowed to return to his prior job after serving as interim CMO since July 2012. Dr. Esmaeil Porsa then took over while hospital launched a national search for a permanent replacement. De la Cruz is that man. In a statement, Cerise said Porsa “will continue to play a prominent role on Parkland’s leadership team.” Porsa, whose specialty was internal medicine, said when he took the job that he did not intend on serving as chief medical officer on a permanent basis.

De la Cruz attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed his residency training at UT Southwestern and Parkland. He is double board certified in internal medicine and palliative care and hospice medicine.

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