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7.31.2012

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., Elected President of the Medical Staff at Jackson Health System

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., has been elected President of the Medical Staff at Jackson Health System, and will represent the nearly 2,500 physicians, licensed independent practitioners, and allied health professionals as they work with Jackson Health System Chief Executive Officer Carlos Migoya and his leadership team.

Elected by the medical staff, Lenchus assumes the post from Michael Barron, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology who completed a successful four-year term. As president, Lenchus serves as Chief Administrative Officer of the Medical Staff and chair of the Medical Executive Committee and is responsible for coordinating and cooperating with Migoya in all matters of mutual concern between the Public Health Trust and the medical staff. He serves as a non-voting ex-officio member of all medical staff committees, and enforces medical staff bylaws, rules, policies and procedures.

“Dr. Barron has left big shoes to fill,” Lenchus said, “and I intend to work as tirelessly as he did.”

Taking over Lenchus’ prior roles, Barry Gelman, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics, was elected vice president and will chair the credentials committee.

An associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine, Lenchus is also associate program director of the Jackson Memorial Hospital internal medicine residency training program, and associate director of the UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety. He also pioneered a training program which, to date, has trained more than 1,100 medical students, nurses, and house staff to more safely perform invasive bedside procedures.

Lenchus is the first osteopathic physician, and at 42 the youngest to be elected medical staff president in Jackson’s 94-year history. As he begins his eighth year as an attending physician for the Miller School, he said he is more committed than ever to providing excellent care at Jackson and leading his colleagues in this effort.

“I am dedicated to be part of the continued and strengthened partnership between UM and Jackson, and will be responsive and visible to all medical staff members,” Lenchus said.

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