After an extensive national search, Kenneth E. Wood, D.O., has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health system. 

Dr. Wood is a veteran health care administrator, educator and researcher with three decades of clinical experience across diverse settings ranging from community hospitals to large, integrated academic medical centers. Dr. Wood will assume his role on June 24, 2020, and succeeds John B. Murphy, M.D., who is serving as the President of Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“I am so pleased that Dr. Ken Wood is joining Lifespan in the vital role of Executive Vice President of Physician Affairs and Chief Clinical Officer during such a critical time in health care,” said Lifespan President and CEO Timothy J. Babineau, M.D. “Dr. Wood’s wealth of experience as a physician, administrator and leader will help Lifespan continue to provide leading-edge, innovative and quality care for patients in Rhode Island and beyond.” 

Dr. Wood comes to Lifespan from the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) where he was a Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Associate Chief Medical Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System and Director of the University of Maryland Critical Care Network. Prior to these positions, Dr. Wood spent five years as the Chief Medical Officer at Geisinger Medical Center and was Director of the Center for Re-Engineering Healthcare for the Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania and previously spent 17 years at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics where he held a number of leadership roles.

“Lifespan is a forward-thinking healthcare system with an outstanding team of physicians, nurses, clinicians and staff who have made Lifespan a leader in patient care, quality and clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Wood. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity of working with the extraordinary Lifespan team to continue advancing clinical quality and the patient experience.” 

Dr. Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship at Union Memorial Hospital in Union, N.J., a residency in Internal Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, PA and a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (now part of Rutgers University). Dr. Wood is board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.