Thomas A. McGrath Joins the Miller School as Chief Operating Officer of UHealth

Thomas A. McGrath, M.B.A., an experienced medical center administrator, is joining the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as Chief Operating Officer of UHealth – University of Miami Health System. Currently director of finance and administration for Stanford University’s Department of Medicine, McGrath will begin his new role October 1.

“The cultural values and high standards of the University of Miami were very appealing to me, along with the great diversity of the students, faculty, staff and the entire community,” said McGrath, who also served as vice president of University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, and executive administrator for the Department of Medicine at the university’s Pritzker School of Medicine.

“Tom McGrath is an outstanding academic medical center leader with substantial experience at two premier U.S. medical schools, the University of Chicago and Stanford, and he will bring unique academic leadership to our health system,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth. “He also has senior hospital management experience from his time in Chicago. We are delighted that he has agreed to take on the leadership of operations for UHealth.”

As South Florida’s only academic-based health system, UHealth combines patient care, research, and education to create a leading-edge approach to healthcare. UHealth’s comprehensive network includes three hospitals, more than 30 outpatient facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Collier counties, with more than 1,500 physicians and scientists.

“There is boundless energy at UHealth,” said McGrath. “After learning about the institution, its people, and the important work going on here, I realized this is one of those rare opportunities to be part of building the next great academic medical center. I look forward to joining the team to make the vision a reality with values of empowerment, candor and responsibility.”

In his four years at Stanford, McGrath managed the largest department in the university, with 14 divisions, a $250 million annual budget, 300 faculty, 300 trainees, and 600 staff members. From 1993 to 2007, McGrath was a leader at the University of Chicago, guiding the operations of 1,200 team members at the Comer Children’s Hospital, and championing the pursuit of Nurse Magnet accreditation.

“We are delighted that Tom McGrath will be leading strategy, planning and operations of the UHealth system, including its hospitals, outpatient facilities and the largest multi-specialty physician practice plan in South Florida,” said Joe Natoli, the University’s Senior Vice President of Business and Finance & CFO and Interim COO of UHealth and the Miller School of Medicine. “In addition, he will be responsible for establishing regional alliances, development of physician networks and ACOs, marketing, communications, information technology and other clinical support functions.”

McGrath said he looks forward to “expanding UHealth’s reach in serving South Florida families with the full continuum of care, from prevention and wellness through acute specialty treatment.”

Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Miller School and a longtime leader at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, described McGrath as “bright and innovative.” He said, “Tom is a dynamic administrator who will bring a wealth of energy and ideas which will take UHealth to the top of academic health organizations nationally. He truly understands our academic mission and at the same time is committed to providing the most outstanding clinical care for our patients.”

In addition to his financial experience in academic medicine, McGrath was principal and “green” developer for the Elemental Building, the first LEED Platinum certified single family home for sale in the city of Chicago. He and his partner Valerie Jenkins have a son, Oliver.

McGrath earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and master of business administration (MBA) in finance from the University of Illinois.

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