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UK Healthcare names chief medical officer

Dr. Phillip K. Chang
Dr. Phillip K. Chang

Lexington, Ky. – Dr. Phillip K. Chang has been selected to assume the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the UK HealthCare enterprise as of March 1.

Chang has most recently served as medical director for perioperative services and associate CMO. As CMO he will participate in the implementation of strategic initiatives and overall operations management of the UK HealthCare enterprise and support clinical performance and resource management by facilitating improvement throughout the enterprise.

Chang will be a principal advisor to Chief of Clinical Operations Officer Bo Cofield and an active partner with the Clinical Operations Team on matters pertaining to service, safety, quality, professionalism, clinical outcomes, patient experience, team member and faculty engagement and efficiency. He will serve on all medical staff committees and participate in decision-making on behalf of UK HealthCare administration. As CMO he will also promote and maintain effective relationships with chairs, center directors, the organized medical staff and others.

Chang did his undergraduate work at The College of William and Mary in Virginia and then received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. In 1999, he began a surgical internship here at UK, which led to a general surgery residency and a surgical fellowship, also at UK. Since 2005 he has been a member of our surgical faculty, rising to the rank of associate professor of surgery in the College of Medicine and the role of chief of the Section of Trauma and Critical Care. He is board certified in surgery as well as surgical critical care.