Jack Lord, M.D., Named Miller School and UHealth Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan “Jack” Lord, M.D., who became the University’s chief innovation officer when he returned to his alma mater after three decades in leadership roles that spanned the health care spectrum, has been named chief operating officer of the Miller School and UHealth-University of Miami Health System. He is replacing Bill Donelan who will be retiring from UM in May.

“Jack has had a remarkable and varied career in the military, academia, industry, finance, technology and innovation, but he is still a ‘Cane at heart and we are lucky to have someone of his caliber, experience and dedication ready to take over,” Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said in announcing the appointment.

“Jack will begin the transition by working closely with Bill to benefit from Bill’s wealth of knowledge and experience and to assure a seamless transition. Jack will lead and coordinate the budget process for our next fiscal year, allowing Bill to focus substantial effort on our important relationship with the Jackson Health System and on finalizing the 2013 Annual Operating Agreement.”

A board-certified forensic pathologist who began his medical career in the U.S. Navy and later served as chief operating officer of the American Hospital Association and several biotech companies, Lord said he is looking forward to helping the Miller School reach its goals.

“It’s easy for me to say I love this place,’’ said Lord, who earned both his undergraduate degree (in chemistry) and his M.D. at UM. “I came to the University of Miami more than 40 years ago as a student and now I have this wonderful challenge and opportunity to continue supporting UM in its effort to become one of the top 20 academic medical centers in the nation, and to make UHealth the health care system of choice for people in South Florida.”

The former chief innovation officer and senior vice president of Humana, Lord returned to the University in September 2011 with an eye on improving lives by bringing University-born discoveries and innovations to the marketplace. After his arrival, which coincided with the opening of the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, he and UM leadership began restructuring UM Innovation to optimize efficiencies and eliminate redundancies.

Under the new structure, UM Innovation will cease to exist as a department and the Office of Technology Transfer, which is being rechristened IP (Intellectual Property) Strategy and Licensing, will become better integrated with the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research, leveraging the talent of both entities.

Though Lord will remain involved with those centers, he will concentrate on coordinating the budget process for the 2012-13 fiscal year, a challenging task for which his vast health care experience and unique perspective make him well-suited.

“Sometimes I call myself the Judy Collins of health care because I’ve seen health care from both sides,” Lord said. “I’ve had the opportunity to take on many different roles, from the delivery of health care, to payment and financing, and life sciences and technologies.”

During his time at Humana, he created Humana’s Innovation Center, which combines research, technology and consumer experience to promote health and well-being. He also contributed to the field of predictive sciences by using advanced analytics to predict who will become ill in the future and how to prevent disease. Further cementing his ties to UM, he oversaw the creation of the UM/Humana Health Resources Center on the Miller School campus in 2006. The center conducts research on preventing disease and managing chronic illness.

Lord also serves or has served as a member of a number of prestigious boards and organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee to the Director; the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, which advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. He was a member of the President’s Council at UM, an advisory group of some of the University’s most prominent alumni.

His previous academic appointments include Dartmouth Medical School, George Washington University and the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine. But nearly 35 years after graduating from the Miller School and spending 11 years of active duty in the Navy – his last position as director of the Naval Medical Command’s Quality Assurance Division in the Office of the Surgeon General – Lord is generous about proclaiming his affinity for UM. In 2005, he and his wife Alice pledged $5 million in unrestricted funds from their estate to support the University.

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