(Courtesy: Cook Children's)

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Cook Chidren’s Physician Group Names a New President

The longtime Cook's veteran is replacing Dr. Britt Nelson, who is retiring.

Dr. Matthew Dzurik is the new president of Fort Worth-based Cook Children’s Physician Network, following the retirement of Dr. Britt Nelson. Dzurik has been with Cook Children’s for 14 years and is the medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Dr. Matthew Dzurik

Dzurik has been on the board of directors for the physician network since 2017 and will oversee the Cook’s Children’s system’s more than 460 physicians in his new role. He will also continue his clinical role at the hospital.

“I want to help Cook Children’s continue to do the fantastic work we do here, but also, I think a fresh perspective on things is good. The word I would use is evolving. The times are changing,” Dr. Dzurik said via release. “Physicians are changing. Generations are changing. I think that will make a big impact on our network. It will be vital to meld the old and everything that we’ve done well here with new ideas to help us move forward. We want to take the best of both worlds and move forward together.”

Dzurik hopes to address physician burnout, which is growing amongst practitioners. A Medscape survey in 2021 found that 42 percent of physicians feel burned out, with pediatricians ranking in the top ten burned-out specialties at 45 percent. Nearly half of physicians also say burnout is severely impacting their lives, and bureaucratic tasks, time at work, and lack of respect from colleagues and administration are the leading reasons for their burnout.

Cook’s Children’s Physician Network will soon hire a physician wellness specialist who will implement systemwide changes to better prevent burnout among its physicians.

Cook Children’s consists of a medical center, two surgery centers, a physician network, home health services, and a health plan. The system has more than 60 primary, specialty, and urgent care locations throughout Texas and is expanding. Physicians are continuing to consolidate with groups owned by hospital systems, including pediatricians.

“Dr. Dzurik has distinguished himself as an outstanding clinician and an excellent physician leader during his time at Cook Children’s,” said Dr. Jim Cunningham, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Cook Children’s via release. “He has proven himself to be an excellent leader and has provided steady and compassionate leadership to the organization.”

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