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Rhode Island Hospital Appoints Latha Sivaprasad, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer


Latha Sivaprasad, MDRhode Island Hospital has appointed Latha Sivaprasad, MD, FHM, FACP, as senior vice president and chief medical officer, effective September 1, 2013. Sivaprasad, an internal medicine physician, comes to Rhode Island Hospital from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

Sivaprasad will be responsible for graduate medical education and medical staff affairs as well as enhancing quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery at Rhode Island Hospital. She will serve as a physician voice in providing strategic direction for the hospital on issues related to medical staff growth, educational program structure, clinical program development and broader academic medical center priorities. Additionally, she will play a pivotal role in the hospital’s ongoing efforts to provide a high quality patient experience.

She succeeds John B. Murphy, MD, who now serves as executive vice president for physician affairs for Lifespan, of which Rhode Island Hospital is a founding partner.

“As health care reform takes shape, we must work tirelessly to ensure we deliver the highest quality patient care, the safest care, and the best patient experience,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president of Rhode Island Hospital, and president and chief executive officer of Lifespan. “Dr. Sivaprasad’s work with quality, safety and the patient experience are a perfect fit for the goals we have set for ourselves, and I am confident that her clinical experience, leadership qualities and hands-on work ethic will provide tremendous benefit to Rhode Island Hospital, our staff and our patients.”

Sivaprasad comes to Rhode Island Hospital from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York where she served as associate chief medical officer and chief patient experience officer, and previously as medical director of quality and patient safety. Prior to Beth Israel Medical Center, Sivaprasad served as an academic hospitalist at Beth Israel Hospital in New York, N.Y.; Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y.; and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. She also has held academic appointments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine.

The recipient of numerous awards for quality outcomes and measures, Sivaprasad is a member of many professional associations including Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Jewish Hospital, and completed a fellowship in quality and patient safety at Beth Israel Medical Center.