Emory leader stepping down

Emory Healthcare officials announced Nov. 12 that Jonathan Lewin is stepping down as the executive vice president for health affairs of Emory University, executive director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and CEO and chairman of Emory Healthcare (EHC).

According to a press release, Lewin is leaving his post after almost six years of “record-breaking growth in clinical volumes, research funding and patient quality outcomes.”

The release states that Lewin will step down from his leadership positions and will join the Emory University faculty after a new executive vice president for health affairs is selected and joins the Emory team.

“I cannot overstate what an incredible privilege it has been to lead both the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Emory Healthcare. I remain incredibly impressed by all parts of Emory health sciences and the health care system, and plan to stay on at Emory as a member of the faculty—returning to my roots in innovation, education and technology development,” stated Lewin.

Emory officials said Lewin joined Emory in 2016 and has served in simultaneous leadership capacities as executive vice president for health affairs of Emory University, executive director of Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and CEO and chairman of Emory Healthcare.

The release also states that his research accomplishments are in development and application of new technologies for minimally invasive interventional procedures and new magnetic resonance imaging techniques.

“During his tenure at Emory, employment in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center has grown to approximately 34,000, a 35 percent increase. Health sciences research has experienced 57 percent growth in funding to a total $847 million in 2021,” the press release states. “Philanthropic support to the health sciences at Emory has more than doubled from an average of $151 million to $309 million on an annual basis during Lewin’s tenure.”

Emory Healthcare saw its annual total operating revenue reach $5.5 billion during Lewin’s watch, which the press release states represented a growth of more than 80 percent in the past six years.

Lewin also oversaw the purchase and development of Emory’s Executive Park campus, the opening of the Emory University Hospital tower, the Hawks practice/sports medicine facility, the Musculoskeletal Institute, numerous outpatient sites, and the in-progress Winship at Emory Midtown tower. He also led efforts to make Emory Healthcare the official health care provider of the Atlanta Braves, Falcons and Hawks.

According to Emory officials, Lewin brokered partnerships and collaborations to increase patient access and improve outcomes, including the Emory + Children’s Pediatric Institute—an innovative collaboration with Kaiser Permanente—and the renewal of the Emory/Grady/Morehouse partnership. 

The press release states that Emory Healthcare has achieved COVID-19 survival rates among the highest of all national academic health centers under Lewin’s leadership.

“He strengthened Emory Healthcare, significantly growing the organization, expanding the health care network, establishing vital partnerships, recruiting key leaders throughout the enterprise, focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion, and last year pivoting EHC to serve our community in response to the COVID-19 crisis with some of the best patient outcomes in the country,” said Emory President Gregory Fenves.

Emory officials said Lewin will continue to serve in his current positions until a new executive vice president for health affairs of Emory University is selected and begins their role. Further details will be provided as the university conducts a national search.

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