Dear Colleagues,

Over the course of our lives, each of us is presented with opportunities that we have not anticipated.  One such opportunity has presented itself to me.  After a time of reflection with my family, I have decided to begin a new chapter in my career. I will be the next CEO of Partners In Health (PIH), which many of you know, with deep roots and ties to Partners HealthCare.  I will lead a remarkable and courageous group of professionals with a steadfast commitment to providing health care to those at greatest need throughout the world by developing innovative models of delivery for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people.  The importance of building great health care systems across the globe has been magnified by the tragedy of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where inadequate medical services now imperil entire nations.

This evening I informed the Partners HealthCare Board that I will be stepping down from my position as President and CEO as of July 1, 2015.  This has been an incredibly difficult decision for my family and me.  Over the last sixteen years, the entire Partners community has opened its collective heart to support all of us.  I have been blessed to work with so many extraordinarily gifted individuals who have taught me lessons I never could have dreamed to learn.  I have forged friendships and relationships throughout our organization that have enriched my life and will stay with me forever.  They have broadened and heightened my passion to help those most in need, not only in our local neighborhoods, but in the diverse communities of our world.

My association with Partners In Health extends back for more than a decade and I have served on its Board of Governors for the past eight years.  I have great admiration for, and have become very close with its founders, Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl and Jim Kim. They have poured the foundation for a mission that has drawn in some of the best and brightest clinicians, many in our institutions and our community, to care for people in some of the world’s most isolated countries. It will be an honor to join their team and advance the health care that every person in the world deserves, but so many are desperate to have.

I will assume my new role next summer, succeeding Ophelia Dahl.  After fourteen years as Executive Director - a role formerly held by Jim Kim, and by Paul Farmer before him - Ophelia has decided to transition to a new role at PIH. I am very glad that she will continue to lead PIH's Board of Directors, as its Chair, and that both she and Paul will continue to help guide and shape the work of Partners In Health.

During my tenure at Partners, I have been humbled to share the seat of some of the great leaders in American medicine who were the stewards of our system over a decade and a half - Drs. Dick Nesson, Sam Thier and Jim Mongan.  They were the architects and their combined wisdom inspired a vision for today’s Partners that has informed our leaders and will guide them in the years ahead.

Dr. Thier hired me in 1998 to become the Chair of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health;  I was blessed to go on and experience many roles across our system, as president of North Shore Medical Center, president of McLean, and president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Throughout those years, it was a privilege to collaborate with the most dedicated women and men who are committed to a mission that not only defines who we are, but embodies what we do in the quest to improve the health and lives of our patients and their families.

As I look back over the last five years as president and CEO of Partners, I think of what we have accomplished.  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, because your hard work day in and day out, in every position across our organization, and your dedication to our mission, are making a real difference.  Our ribbon of success has reinforced our commitment to quality and a coordinated system of care that is focused on the needs of each of our patients and the communities we serve. Our research continues to expand the boundaries of discovery to advance science and find ways to ease pain and cure disease, while our training programs nurture the young people who define the future of medicine.  Partners’ path ahead is swathed in endless opportunity with nothing holding us back from our dreams and believing that anything is possible.
We have much to do in the months ahead, but for all we have done together so far, I will be forever grateful.  For all that you will do in the years ahead, I wish you the very best.  I will be staying in Boston and I hope our paths will cross in our journeys to come.

Thank you,
Gary Gottlieb, MD