Akron Children’s taps Dr. Robert McGregor for new CMO post

Akron Children’s names first CMO


Akron Children’s Hospital has named Robert McGregor, MD, to the newly-created position of chief medical officer.

Most recently, Dr. McGregor was the pediatrician-in-chief and interim chair of pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, and professor of pediatrics at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

“As our integrated pediatric health system continues to grow, our Board of Directors, Medical Staff leadership and management recognized the need for a full-time CMO with a seasoned knowledge of physician practices, regional partnerships and population health initiatives,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO. “This led to our search and selection of Dr. McGregor, who has a very distinguished resume and senior executive leadership in pediatric health care delivery.”

As chief medical officer, Dr. McGregor will be a member of Akron Children’s Board of Directors. His responsibilities will include:

In addition, Dr. McGregor will have a key role in the recruitment and retention of physicians. He will promote organizational research, and work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, administrative and clinical staff and the elected Medical Staff leadership to achieve the hospital’s strategic and operating goals.

“My role will be to bring a physician’s perspective to the highest level of the organization as we move forward with the hospital’s goals and objectives,” said Dr. McGregor. “Clearly, quality has to be paramount in all that we do.”

According to Dr. McGregor, a key factor in his decision to come to Akron Children’s was the quality and process improvement initiatives the hospital is undertaking and the collaborative nature of its work with children’s hospitals in Ohio and across the country.

Dr. McGregor earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital. He also completed post-doctoral training in physician leadership development at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“I am looking forward to returning to the Midwest and very excited to join Akron Children’s at such an exciting time with its campus expansion, the growing breadth and depth of its clinical programs and the hospital’s growing national reputation,” said Dr. McGregor.

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