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December 03, 2014

Medical Center names new CFO

Michael Goonan to retire after 30 years of service

The Medical Center has named David Kirshner chief financial officer. Kirshner will join the staff in January, succeeding Michael Goonan who will retire in December.

Bringing more than three decades of experience in public accounting, hospital financial management and CFO positions in academic medicine, Kirshner is credited with engineering a remarkable financial turnaround for Boston Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School.

“David is an extraordinarily talented chief financial officer, whose work at the Boston Children’s Hospital was striking for its positive impact and sensitivity to employees,” says President Joel Seligman. “I believe David will prove to be a great successor to Mike Goonan, who has done an outstanding job as CFO at the Medical Center for 30 years.”

Kirshner most recently served as vice president of corporate and business development for Valence Health, a long-established provider of value-based care services and solutions for hospitals and health systems. He was also the founding director and senior CFO consultant to Warbird Consulting Partners in Atlanta, which advises academic medical centers on research enterprise strategy, infrastructure, and business capabilities.

Prior to that—in 15 years as Boston Children’s senior vice president for finance, CFO, and treasurer—he worked to improve credit ratings, develop institutional financial policies and governance to support research, and implement new financial information systems to improve forecasting, improve productivity and reduce operating costs for the $1.3 billion operation.

“David brings a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of clinical and academic financial management,” says Mark Taubman, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry who will assume an additional role as Medical Center CEO in January. “David is also versed in the changing financial conditions that can pose both threats and opportunities for academic medical centers.”

Kirshner has also held top financial posts at Massachusetts’ Winchester Healthcare Management, Anna Jaques Hospital, and Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

“David Kirshner brings a depth of knowledge of health care finance that will serve our Medical Center well,” says Ron Paprocki, senior vice president for administration and finance and CFO. “He will be an important asset to of the University’s financial team.”

Following a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Kirshner earned an MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management from Boston University. He’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, recipient of the Boston Business Journal’s 2009 CFO of the Year Award, and serves on the boards of numerous organizations.

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