(Boston, MA) – The Partners HealthCare Board of Directors has named Dr. David Torchiana as its next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective at a date to be determined in March 2015. Dr. Torchiana, who currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO), will become the fifth CEO since Partners was founded in 1994.

Dr. Torchiana will succeed Dr. Gary Gottlieb, who has served since January 2010 and announced his intentions to step down last fall to become CEO of Partners In Health.

“Dr. Torchiana possesses the instincts and the political savvy to be an outstanding leader for Partners. He has an appreciation for each institution within the Partners HealthCare system and all the remarkable people who dedicate themselves to the mission every day,” said Edward Lawrence, Chairman of the Partners HealthCare Board of Directors. “During times of uncertainty in the health care environment, Dr. Torchiana will be a leader who provides stability and lends a voice of assurance that Partners HealthCare wants to help address the challenges and be part of a solution.

“I am looking forward to my new role at Partners HealthCare as its next President and CEO. Partners’ institutions are vital members of the community and we want to be constructive participants in the ongoing public conversation about the future of health care including quality, cost and access. Patients will always be at the center of these discussions; improving patient care is the reason our institutions exist,” said Dr. Torchiana. “I am grateful to Dr. Gary Gottlieb for his support and for all the contributions he has made in the multiple leadership roles he has held, dedicating himself to our mission and all the men and women of Partners HealthCare. I want to thank the Partners Board of Directors for their confidence in giving me the opportunity to lead a talented and multi-faceted group of people who are dedicated to our mission of delivering the best care possible, research, teaching and service to community.”

In his current role at the MGPO, Dr. Torchiana oversees the largest physician group practice in New England, representing more than 2,000 physicians. Dr. Torchiana graduated from Yale College in 1976 and Harvard Medical School in 1981. He completed residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) before joining the Department of Surgery in 1989. Dr. Torchiana became chief of cardiac surgery at MGH in 1998 and chief executive officer of the MGPO in 2003. He is also an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Under Dr. Torchiana’s leadership, MGH launched the Care Management Program, one of six demonstration projects nationwide. During the three-year demonstration, MGH developed new strategies to improve the delivery of health care to its most vulnerable high risk patients, those with multiple health conditions and chronic disease. The demonstration was so successful that it was renewed by the federal government in 2009; today, it serves as the cornerstone of Partners population health management initiative. To learn more about the Care Management Program click here and here.

In making the announcement, Lawrence also commended Gottlieb for the tremendous progress made at Partners over the past five years. “Dr. Gottlieb is a distinguished leader who has served Partners in many roles starting as the Chair of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health, then as President of North Shore Medical Center, and of course as President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” said Lawrence. “He has a deep commitment to our mission and the 64,000 men and women of Partners HealthCare. He has supported the work of the President, the Governor, the Mayor of Boston and countless business leaders, community activists and other health care providers. His talents, his wisdom and compassion will be tremendous assets to Partners In Health.”

During Gottlieb’s tenure as CEO, he led the launch of several key strategic initiatives including the implementation of a systematic approach to population health management, which improves the patient experience while controlling costs; the implementation of Partners eCare, an enterprise-wide electronic health record with its focus on the quality and safety of patient care delivered at Partners hospitals; he has also fostered new innovations in Partners research including whole genome sequencing and the Partners Biobank.

Today’s announcement marks the end of a 4 month search process. Lawrence said that Dr. Torchiana was selected unanimously by the Partners Board of Directors to whom he will report.