CINCINNATI—Myles L. Pensak, MD, has been appointed chief executive officer of University of Cincinnati Physicians, the faculty practice group of the UC College of Medicine and the physician division of UC Health. Pensak also becomes senior vice president of UC Health and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the College of Medicine. The appointments are effective Aug. 8.
Pensak replaces Thomas Boat, MD, who became dean of the College of Medicine July 1. As dean, Boat also serves as president and chair of the board of UC Physicians.
"Dr. Pensak brings extraordinary skill as a physician executive to this position. He is the perfect person to lead a talented team and continue the substantial progress that UC Physicians has achieved during the last several years,” Boat said. "Patient visits now total nearly 1 million each year and annual revenue is more than $257 million. An organization of this size needs a leader with strong management skills and a passion for continual improvement, traits which Dr. Pensak clearly possesses.”
Pensak has been a member of the UC Health Board of Directors since the health system’s formation last year. With his new responsibilities, Pensak will step down from his board position.
Pensak will continue to serve as the H.B. Broidy Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UC, a position he has held since January 2005. He has been on the College of Medicine faculty since 1984.
A graduate of New York Medical College, Pensak interned at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and completed an otolaryngology residency at Yale University School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in otology/neurotology at the Otology Group in Nashville, Tenn.
Pensak is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is past president (2009) of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc. (Triologic Society). He has received the Honor Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
UC Physicians became an integrated division of UC Health on July 1. The group has nearly 2,000 employees and includes 650 board-certified clinicians and surgeons and an additional 200 nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists and certified nurse anesthetists who provide care at UC Health facilities (University Hospital, West Chester Hospital, Drake Center, UC Health Surgical Hospital, Lindner Center of HOPE and nearly 30 outpatient locations) in addition to all other Greater Cincinnati hospitals.