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Baptist Health Louisville names osteopath chief medical officer

Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MHA, MPH, is the new chief medical officer (CMO) for Baptist Health Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MHA, MPH, is the new chief medical officer (CMO) for Baptist Health Louisville, a 519-bed tertiary medical center. He joined the hospital January 8, 2024.

Dr. Cardarelli comes to Baptist Health Louisville from previously serving in CMO and other leadership roles at both CHI Saint Joseph Main and East hospitals and UK HealthCare. He also served as professor and chair for the Department of Family & Community Medicine for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

“We are pleased Dr. Cardarelli has joined Baptist Health Louisville,” said Jonanthan Velez, MD, President for Baptist Health Louisville. “Dr. Cardarelli has held a range of leadership positions throughout his career and brings a wide breadth of experience in clinical care and health administration to this role. We are excited about what he has to offer Baptist Health Louisville.”

Dr. Cardarelli served as UK’s first associate CMO for Population Health and was chair of the UK Family & Community Medicine, which rose to Top 20 status in research rankings and increased patient access during his leadership. Prior to coming to Kentucky, Dr. Cardarelli held numerous past leadership positions in clinical care, research, health administration, and academics in Texas.

“Most of my career has been focused on the intersection of health administration, population health, research, education and patient care,” Dr. Cardarelli said. “I am excited to bring my experience to Baptist Health Louisville to drive high quality patient care by joining the great medical staff and teams at Baptist Health Louisville and the system where we all have a common mission focused on healthcare excellence.”

Dr. Cardarelli received his doctor of osteopathy and master of public health degrees from University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and his master in health administration from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cardarelli completed a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Faculty Development at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Dr. Cardarelli has been funded by the NIH and numerous federal and nonfederal organizations with over 80 publications and 100 US and international presentations. He was the founder of the North Texas Primary Care Practice-based research Network (NorTex) and immediate past director of the Kentucky Ambulatory Practice-based Research Network (KAN) that focused on helping primary care clinics in implementing quality improvement models to improve care delivery.

Originally from San Francisco, Dr. Cardarelli has been in Kentucky since 2013. His wife, Kathryn Cardarelli, Ph.D., will be the incoming Dean for the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Dr. Cardarelli enjoys restoring classic cars with his sons, Cristiano and Luciano, and displaying their work at local car shows.

Baptist Health Louisville is a 519-bed hospital offering 83 points of care in a wide range of healthcare services. It is part of the nine-hospital Baptist Health system, headquartered in Louisville. Learn more at BaptistHealth.com/Louisville.