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Stanford Children's Health Names New CEO

Analysis  |  By John Commins  
   November 06, 2018

University of Michigan Health executive Paul King will become CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in early 2019.

Veteran pediatric healthcare executive Paul King has been named president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children's Health, effective in early 2019, the California-based health system announced.

"The possibilities that are within reach for the world-class Stanford Medicine academic medical institutions are truly limitless," King said in a media release.

"I look forward to working with the board and executive leadership, the physicians and staff, as well as with partners at the School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care, to continue to advance pediatric care and research and raise the bar for patient experience and outcomes not just for our patients, but for children and expectant mothers everywhere," he said.

King succeeds Interim CEO Dennis Lund, MD, who took over following the retirement of long-serving CEO Chris Dawes, in March 2018.

"As a physician leader it is vital to have executive and board leadership who embrace the voices of our physicians and care teams, as front line providers, researchers and innovators," said Mary Leonard, MD, Lucile Packard's physician in chief.

"Paul's experience and understanding of how to nurture growth within academic medical institutions make him a wonderful leader and ally to pursue our goals in science, education and patient care," Leonard said.

King has more than 30 years of experience as an executive at pediatric health providers and has been executive director at University of Michigan Health System's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital since 2013.

Before that, King was president and CEO for the Pediatric Management Group, a 550-physician academic pediatric subspecialty group practice affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

"With more than 35 years in healthcare, including 22 years in executive roles leading pediatric healthcare enterprises, Paul brings a wealth of experiences and leadership expertise to Stanford Children’s Health," said Lucile Packard Board Chair Jeff Chambers.

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.


Paul King has more than 30 years of experience in pediatric healthcare administration.

He now serves as executive director at the University of Michigan Health System's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.

Long-serving Packard CEO Chris Dawes retired in March.

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