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April 17, 2013

Surgeon to lead Medical Faculty Group

Michael Rotondo
Michael Rotondo

After a national search, Michael Rotondo has been named chief executive officer of the Medical Faculty Group, a post that reports to Mark Taubman, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. He will also be appointed senior associate dean of clinical affairs and professor of surgery and he will serve as a member of the Division of Trauma in the Department of Surgery. In addition, he will carry the title of associate vice president for administration at Strong Memorial Hospital. He starts July 1.

A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Rotondo completed his general surgical training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He pursued a fellowship in traumatology and surgical critical care at the University of Pennsylvania before accepting a post as assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he rose through the ranks to direct Penn’s Level One Trauma Center and serve as vice chief of traumatology and surgical critical care.

In 1999, Rotondo was appointed professor and vice chairman of the department of surgery at the Brody School of Medicine and chief of trauma and surgical critical care at University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina. In 2005, he became chair of surgery.

Two years later, Rotondo was also asked to chair the then struggling ECU Physicians Board, the governing body of the Brody School’s physician multispecialty practice group. There, he led a strategic planning process and engineered the largest financial turnaround in the history of the practice— all while continuing to chair his department and maintain a busy clinical practice.

“We were impressed that Mike is well versed in the relationships among physicians, tertiary hospitals, and payers,” says Raymond Mayewski, senior associate dean for clinical affairs. “He understands how departments work and how to move us forward into a world of service lines, bundled care agreements, and other new payment arrangements.”

Rotondo’s task will be to implement the blueprints for a newly restructured faculty group, left by consultants from the Chartis Group.

Taubman echoes Mayewski’s confidence that Rotondo is the right choice for the job. “Mike is an accomplished clinician who has thrived in some of the nation’s best academic medical centers,” he says. “He is centered on the mission and has the people skills to help us turn the restructuring plan into reality. He will work well with our chairs to implement the plan and interface with the new accountable health partners.”

Rotondo says: “I have a lot to learn and plan to start by listening. The University of Rochester is at a pivotal moment in its development. Rochester can do more than simply weather this storm; with integrated hospitals and physicians, it can lead. I’m incredibly excited to be part of it.”

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