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Barnes-Jewish Hospital Names New President

ziskindMarch 31, 2005 – Andrew Ziskind, MD, has been named president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, effective May 1. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a 1,390-bed nonprofit academic hospital, is the largest hospital in Missouri and is consistently ranked in the honor roll of America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Ziskind currently serves as associate vice president for clinical programs and vice dean for clinical affairs for the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. He is responsible for coordinating clinical services across UW Medicine, an academic health system that includes the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, UW School of Medicine, UW Neighborhood Clinics and affiliated faculty practice plans. UW Medicine, which ranks first among public medical schools in federal funding and ninth on the U.S. News & World Report honor roll of America's best hospitals, has 15,000 full-time employees and $2 billion in annual revenues.

"We are very excited to have Dr. Ziskind join the BJC HealthCare leadership team as the president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital," said Steven Lipstein, BJC president and CEO. "His experience as a top-flight cardiologist and a clinical administrator in multiple markets will be a great asset to our nationally renowned teaching hospital affiliated with one of the top medical schools in the country."

At Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Ziskind will focus on enhancing the strategic role of the medical staff and Washington University School of Medicine to maintain the excellence in clinical care that has earned the hospital national distinction. Additional priorities include clinical quality efforts; patient, employee and physician satisfaction; and overseeing the administrative team responsible for everyday operational and financial performance.

"As a clinician, I have great respect for the Barnes-Jewish Hospital health-care professionals who provide the exceptional care its patients have come to expect from this top 10 hospital," Ziskind says. "Barnes-Jewish Hospital, partnered with Washington University School of Medicine, is known as one of the premier teaching hospitals in the country. I look forward to building upon the strong relationship these two institutions have established in providing the best medical care for those who are most important to us — the patients."

Ziskind, a native of Massachusetts, is a 1980 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He earned his medical degree in 1984 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and his clinical and research fellowship training in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He also holds a master's degree in business administration from Loyola College of Maryland in Baltimore.

Prior to joining the University of Washington, Ziskind held various leadership positions with the University of Maryland, including vice president of clinical services. He led the development of the University of Maryland Cardiac Network, an innovative partnership with local physicians and managed-care companies, and also led the successful expansion of the cardiac catheterization laboratory. He is widely published and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians and American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology.

Ziskind's appointment is the culmination of an extensive national search that began in 2004, after current Barnes-Jewish Hospital president Ronald Evens, MD, announced his intention to retire. Evens will maintain a senior level role with BJC HealthCare, lending his considerable experience and expertise on special projects.

The adult teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish has a 1,770-member medical staff. The hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health-care organizations in the United States.


Last updated 3/31/05