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Longtime Physician CEO Richard Slavin, M.D., to Retire

Richard Slavin, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Richard Slavin, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Led Camino Medical Group, Palo Alto Medical Foundation for 40 years

Richard Slavin, M.D., CEO of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), part of the Sutter Health network, has announced plans to retire on January 4, 2016. Dr. Slavin has had a long and impressive career in medicine that has shaped the way medical care is delivered in the Silicon Valley and beyond. He was a principal architect of the 2000 merger of Camino Medical Group and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Slavin served as president of the Camino Division of PAMF until 2010, when he became PAMF’s CEO.

“Dr. Slavin has been a driving force behind the clinical and operational excellence, strong financial performance and exceptional growth at PAMF for more than 15 years. After more than four decades as a physician and physician leader, he wishes to pursue other facets in his life,” said Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Region.

His successor will be announced soon.

During his tenure with PAMF, Dr. Slavin has led a period of unprecedented growth, including the design and construction of distinctive new medical centers in Mountain View, Sunnyvale and San Carlos. Under his leadership, PAMF’s patient base reached one million, simultaneously being recognized statewide and nationally for exceptional quality and patient experience.

Dr. Slavin was a valued member of the Sutter Health Senior Management Team from 2010 to 2015. He has a been a strong proponent of the adoption of Lean as the Sutter Health operating system – the results of which are now evident everywhere across our system. Dr. Slavin contributed in many Sutter leadership roles outside of PAMF including on the boards of Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Sutter Physician Services, the Sutter Medical Network and the ACME Executive Council.

Before Camino Medical Group joined PAMF, Dr. Slavin was chairman of the board of directors of the Sunnyvale Medical Clinic / Camino Medical Group for many years, overseeing its growth and expansion. Between 1994 and 1997, he was vice-chair of the board of directors of Camino Healthcare, an integrated delivery system in Silicon Valley. Dr. Slavin has also served on the board of the Integrated Healthcare Association since 1994.

A highly regarded general, thoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr. Slavin attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduated from Washington University Medical School and completed his surgical training at Stanford University Medical Center. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his civilian surgical career. Dr. Slavin’s operative surgical practice was at El Camino Hospital, where he was chief of the Surgical Department. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, former president of the San Jose Surgical Society, and was for many years on the volunteer clinical faculty at Stanford Medical School, involved in the teaching of surgery to students and residents at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education, is part of the Sutter Health network. Founded in 1930, PAMF is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine, health innovation and patient-centered care. PAMF’s more than 1,200 affiliated physicians and 5,400 employees serve nearly 1 million patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. For more information, visit: PAMF website I blog Twitter I Facebook I Google+. To learn about PAMF’s Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, visit the PAMF Innovation Center website.


Cynthia Greaves
Sutter Health