Christiana Care Health System on May 1 welcomed LeRoi S. Hicks, M.D., MPH, as a second vice chair of the Department of Medicine and section chief of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Hicks fills the vacancy left by Julie Silverstein, M.D., FACP, who was appointed medical director of Wilmington Health Center, said Virginia U. Collier, M.D., MACP, Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair of the Department of Medicine.
“Dr. Hicks is a proven leader who has demonstrated an ability to build partnerships and perform the collaborative, innovative work necessary to achieve transformational change,” Dr. Collier said.
“With his previous training and experience, he is well positioned to assume a leadership role in the department and the section of General Internal Medicine.”
Dr. Hicks graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and received a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health.
He was an internal medicine (primary care) resident and chief resident at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and completed a fellowship in general internal medicine and faculty development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
He served as an associate physician and hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 1999 until being appointed chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of Massachusetts in 2011.
At UMass, his team won four Champions of Excellence Awards for growth, financial sustainability (twice) and
Dr. Hicks is nationally known for his research on health care disparities. He serves on the National Council of the Society of General Internal Medicine, has been an National Institutes of Health grant reviewer, and is an editor and reviewer for multiple medical journals.
As section chief of General Internal Medicine, he will supervise the divisions of Hospital Medicine and Ambulatory Medicine. His hospital medicine efforts will focus on working with members of the section on Educational, Clinical and Quality Improvement initiatives; steering Medicine unit-based
activities such as interdisciplinary rounding and process redesign efforts; championing initiatives relating to patient flow from ED to inpatient and intensive care units; and helping with our discharge process redesign.
In Ambulatory Medicine, he will supervise and mentor our Ambulatory General Internal Medicine Faculty. “I’ve asked Dr. Hicks to be a highly visible presence at Wilmington Hospital to ensure that there is uniformity across the department and between the two hospitals,” said Dr. Collier.
Dr. Collier thanked Dr. Dressler “for his outstanding interim leadership of Hospital Medicine.”
“Due in large part to his hard work and enthusiasm, Christiana Care hospitalists from both IPC and Christiana Care Hospitalist Partners made great strides to improve the value we provide for our patients.”
Dr. Collier said that Dr. Dressler will continue to serve as vice chair of Medicine and will now be able to focus on his role as director of Patient Safety and Quality for Medicine. In addition, Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, chief medical officer, has asked that Dr. Dressler serve in an expanded role as associate patient safety officer.