Chief Medical Officer Jeff Desmond, M.D., reflects on nearly 30 years at Michigan Medicine

December 5, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership,

Jeff Desmond, M.D., began his career at Michigan Medicine in 1993 as a lecturer in the Department of Surgery.

Since then, he has taken on a number of different roles, including becoming the organization’s first director of clinical quality and, most recently, as an associate professor of emergency medicine and U-M Health’s chief medical officer.

At the end of the month, Desmond is planning to retire.

“Dr. Desmond has been a valued colleague and innovative leader,” said Dee Fenner, M.D., Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Under his leadership, the MPLAN and Daily Management System were implemented along with other safety and quality initiatives.

“Dr. Desmond has always led by example and reinforced that patient care is a team effort that requires collaboration, communication, respect and support from all care providers. His focus on system’s issues has made Michigan Medicine, as indicated by all the ratings, one of the safest hospitals in Michigan and the country.”

In addition to the quality and safety initiatives mentioned by Fenner, Desmond also helped guide the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic as CMO.

He recently joined The Wrap employee podcast to reflect on that experience, his lengthy career, what has changed at U-M over the past 30 years and what advice he has for the next generation of health care leaders.

Check out what he had to say via the YouTube video at the top of the page or find an audio-only version via the media player below!

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