WVU Medicine East names chief medical officer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Henry M. Kurban, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., has been named vice president and chief medical officer for WVU Medicine East, it was recently announced by President and CEO Anthony P. Zelenka.Kurban

WVU Medicine East includes Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson and University Healthcare Physicians. Dr. Kurban will also serve as vice dean of clinical affairs for the WVU Health Sciences Center Eastern Campus and associate chief medical officer for University Health Associates East.

Kurban comes to WVU Medicine from Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY, where he served as the medical director of performance improvement and associate chief medical information officer. He brings 17 years of medical experience including private practice, public health, preventive medicine, healthcare administration, and academics to his new role.

As chief medical officer for WVU Medicine East, Kurban will have operational oversight of multiple hospital departments including the medical staffs at both Berkeley and Jefferson Medical Centers. Working collaboratively with Eastern Campus Dean Emma Eggleston, M.D., the chief medical officer for WVU Medicine in Morgantown, and the vice presidents of medical affairs at Berkeley and Jefferson Medical Centers, he will represent WVU Medicine East internally and externally on matters of medical delivery, clinical advancement and integration, quality improvement and patient safety.

Kurban earned his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, his transitional year medicine internship at the Columbia-Bassett program at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY and a residency in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is board certified in preventive medicine and holds a black belt in lean six sigma methodologies.

Prior to joining WVU Medicine, Kurban served in various public health leadership capacities in diverse jurisdictions both internationally (Canada) and at the state (Florida) and local levels (New York, Florida and Virginia) where he was responsible for the promotion and protection of the health of communities ranging from 50,000 to 875,000 lives. Most recently, he provided clinical leadership for value-based care and healthcare quality programs focusing on the strategic use of clinical informatics and data to improve population health.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kurban to WVU Medicine East as part of our executive leadership team,” Zelenka said. “With his background in healthcare quality and population health, I am confident that he will bring a level of experience and leadership that will benefit our physicians, staff, and above all, our patients.”