Chutes & Ladders—Cerner COO to depart; UnitedHealth Group names new HR exec

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(Lia Shaked)

Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry. Please submit the good news—or the bad—from your shop, and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


Michael Nill
(Cerner Corp.)

Cerner Corp.

Michael Nill, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Cerner, will leave the company on January 10, it was announced this week in a regulatory filing. Nill has been with the company for 23 years. 

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It's among a number of recent executive departures from the company. Jeff Townsend, executive vice president and chief of innovation retired from his role on Nov. 1.

In June, Chief People Officer Julie Wilson retired after 16 years in the executive role.


Patricia Lewis
(UnitedHealth Group)

UnitedHealth Group

Patricia Lewis was appointed executive vice president and chief human resources officer at UnitedHealth Group.

Lewis was also named a member of the Office of the Chief Executive.

She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of human capital, including compensation and benefits, talent management, leadership and employee development, rewards and recognition and organization development.

Lewis joins UnitedHealth Group from Lockheed Martin, where she was senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Lewis has also held various positions in Human Resources at IBM and DuPont.


Philip Ozuah, M.D.
(Montefiore Medicine)

Montefiore Medicine

Philip O. Ozuah, M.D., was named CEO of Montefiore Medicine. He succeeded Steven M. Safyer, M.D., who is retiring.

Montefiore Medicine is the umbrella organization for Montefiore Health System (MHS) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Ozuah will begin the role on Nov. 15.

Ozuah currently serves as President of Montefiore Health System and previously served as physician-in-chief of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). Ozuah is also a professor and University Chairman of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


John Pohlman
(Mount Sinai 
South Nassau)

Mount Sinai South Nassau

John A. Pohlman was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, NY.

Pohlman will be responsible for the overall financial management of the hospital and manage its financial reporting and related internal controls, as well as the organization's financial planning related to growth, financing and associated issues.

Mr. Pohlman comes to Mount Sinai South Nassau from Catholic Health Services’ (CHS) St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, NY, where he had been serving as chief operating officer since 2018. 


> Clinical AI company HealthReveal announced they've brought on Mina Egan as chief commercial officer and Ed Liebowitz as chief product officer. 

 Rachel L. Miller, MD, was appointed as Chief of Clinical Immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

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