Memorial Hermann Appoints Dr. James McCarthy as Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive
Hermann Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James
“Jamie” McCarthy to Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive,
where he will oversee Memorial Hermann’s entire physician organization and
further establish a physician-centric, integrated network of care across
Greater Houston. His appointment is effective March 19, 2018.
McCarthy is a well-respected leader and experienced clinician with a proven
track record in physician leadership and collaboration. Throughout his career,
he has improved patient outcomes and experiences, and implemented best
practices for safe, high-quality and efficient care.
period of unprecedented evolution for the healthcare industry, a strong
physician organization and leader is critically important toward maintaining a
culture of safe, high-quality care built upon a foundation of innovation and
collaboration. In this newly created role, the Chief Physician Executive will
serve as a strategic clinical member of the executive team, further reinforcing
Memorial Hermann’s commitment to becoming a clinically-driven organization.
recently, Dr. McCarthy served as Associate Professor and Chairman of the
Department of Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth,
Memorial Hermann’s longstanding academic partner. As part of that academic
affiliation, Dr. McCarthy also served as Chief of Emergency Medical Services at
Memorial Hermann’s flagship facility, Memorial
Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC).
and again, Dr. McCarthy has demonstrated his commitment to empowering
physicians and leaders to continuously improve the care we provide patients and
their families. He has unified physicians across the organization toward a
common goal of delivering the highest level of patient care,” said Memorial
Hermann President and CEO Chuck Stokes.
“His many years of experience and demonstrated ability to build relationships
through trust and collaboration were key factors in our selection
criteria. In addition, Dr. McCarthy’s
clinical skills and commitment to build a strong physician organization,
clearly make him the ideal leader for the position.”
Memorial Hermann continues to enhance the patient care experience and embrace
new models of healthcare delivery, Dr. McCarthy has been tapped with fostering
a tighter alignment between the more than 6,000 affiliated physicians that
currently practice at Memorial Hermann hospitals, clinics and outpatient
facilities. Memorial Hermann’s physician organization includes a diverse set of
clinically-integrated doctors, comprised of those employed by UTHealth, private
physicians and physicians employed by Memorial
Hermann Medical Group.
Hermann has been able to deliver remarkable, industry-leading health care
thanks to our valued relationships with the physicians who comprise our aligned
physician organization,” Stokes said. “We look forward to continuing to enhance
this relationship, while engaging the collective expertise of thousands of
talented healthcare providers to take our patient care to the next level.”
McCarthy brings to the role more than 17 years of experience in healthcare,
including serving as the physician leader responsible for overseeing emergency
medical care at Memorial Hermann-TMC, which is home to the Red Duke Trauma Institute, the
nation’s busiest Level I trauma center, as well as Memorial Hermann Life Flight®,
the system’s signature air ambulance service.
honored to continue to serve as an advocate and champion for the physicians who
have helped Memorial Hermann earn an unmatched reputation for patient safety
and quality,” Dr. McCarthy said. “In this new role, I’m looking forward to
supporting them as they navigate an increasingly complex healthcare
environment. Together, we can create a model of excellence for physician-led
healthcare and continue our unwavering commitment to advancing the health of
our community through cutting-edge care from the forefront of medicine.”
completed his medical degree at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of
Medicine, and completed his internship and residence in Emergency Medicine at
the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences. He joined the
faculty of McGovern Medical School in 2001, and is board certified in Emergency
Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.
has been a strong physician voice for Memorial Hermann, where he serves as a member
of the system’s Quality Board as well as MHMD, Memorial Hermann’s clinically
integrated physician network. He also served as President of the Medical Staff
at Memorial Hermann-TMC, the Chair of Memorial Hermann’s Quality Committee, and
earned the prestigious Memorial Hermann Physician Leadership Award in 2016.
local and state level, he has been an advocate for emergency services, serving
as a member of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC), where he
is a board member and co-chair of the SETRAC cardiac care committee. He is also
serving a three-year appointment on the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory
Council’s cardiac care committee under the Texas Department of State Health
McCarthy is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP),
the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the American Heart Association,
the Harris County Medical Society, the National Association of EMS Physicians,
a member of the American Heart Association/Stroke Association’s Mission
Lifeline Steering Committee, Chair of the American Heart Association/Stroke
Association’s resuscitation subcommittee, a trauma site reviewer for the
American College of Surgeons and a member of the ACEP’s High Threat Emergency
Casualty Care Task Force.
addition to his professional commitments, Dr. McCarthy serves as EMS Medical
Director for the West University Place Fire Department.
is married to Suzanne Sklar McCarthy and together they have two young