Dr. Aprea named new CMO at WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital

Richard “Tony” Aprea, MD, has joined the staff of WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital as the new Chief Medical Officer.

The Wheeling native most recently was the medical director of the Emergency Department of the Washington Health System in Washington, PA. Dr. Aprea earned his medical degree at Marshall University School of Medicine and completed his family practice residency at the Washington Hospital. He also has a master’s degree in business administration from Waynesburg University.

"I'm excited with all of the changes that have occurred at Wheeling Hospital," Dr. Aprea said. "I'm honored to be part of the WVU system, especially in Wheeling. I'm looking forward to doing something great for my hometown and continuing to improve on the exceptional care given at Wheeling Hospital. My goal is to help make Wheeling the cutting-edge place for regional healthcare."

He replaces Michael Campsey, MD, as CMO. Dr. Campsey is the WVU Medicine Heart and Vascular Institute’s Division of Cardiology northern region director.

Douglass Harrison, president and CEO of WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital and Reynolds Memorial Hospital, said, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Aprea join us as our new CMO. Dr. Aprea brings knowledge, leadership and, most importantly, an understanding of our local community needs.

“He will have big shoes to fill replacing Dr. Campsey, but I have no doubt he will hit the ground running. I look forward to partnering with Dr. Aprea on the numerous opportunities that lie ahead for WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital. “

Aprea grew up not far from Wheeling Hospital, and graduated from Wheeling Park High School.

“What’s really nice about coming to Wheeling is I’m going to be reunited with so many people that I spent time with in Washington,” Aprea said, “such as Dr. Campsey, who was instrumental in bringing me here. Dr. David Burkland (ER Medical Director) and I spent a lot of time working together in the Washington ER. And Dr. Terry Gilbert in the ICU; we worked together for several years at Washington. So, I think you have a great core group of people and I’m happy to be a part of it.”