At Stony Brook University Hospital, enter Sands man

On your Mark: Stony Brook University Hospital has tapped Brooklyn native Mark Sands as its new chief medical officer.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

An expert in high-risk medicine has been tapped as the new chief medical officer of Stony Brook University Hospital.

Mark Sands, who most recently served as enterprise associate chief quality officer for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is SBUH’s new top doc, the hospital announced Monday. His appointment as chief medical officer officially kicks off Nov. 1.

Sands – who earned his bachelor’s of science and medical degrees from Northwestern University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management – was responsible for “standardizing high-risk quality clinical operations” at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, according to SBUH.

His CCF purview included 10 hospitals, 15 healthcare centers and eight ambulatory surgery centers, part of a 27-year medical career that includes “a variety of leadership positions,” SBUH said Monday.

That breadth of experience makes Sands an exciting addition to the SBUH leadership team, according to Ernest Baptiste, who this month celebrates his first anniversary as chief executive officer of Stony Brook University Hospital.

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“He brings a commitment to patient safety and quality that will greatly benefit Stony Brook University Hospital during a time of tremendous change in healthcare,” Baptiste said in a statement. “Dr. Sands expertise in clinical systems improvement will be of considerable benefit as we continue to grow, improve our clinical outcomes and deliver on our commitment to providing quality care to the communities we serve.”

Sands, who is board-certified in diagnostic radiology, also logged stints as vice chairman of clinical operations and quality for the Cleveland Clinic’s well-regarded Imaging Institute, as well as chairman of the clinic’s Corporate Compliance Committee and medical director of enterprise quality, where his focus was on accreditation and regulatory affairs.

As SBUH’s chief medical officer, he will oversee clinical operations while focusing on quality of care and patient safety, as well as clinical-care coordination and the development of new clinical-information systems and physician-engagement protocols.

The Brooklyn native and 1981 graduate of New York City’s Stuyvesant High School said he was “privileged to be joining Stony Brook at this exciting time.”

“I look forward to being a part of the ongoing journey as Stony Brook incorporates value-based and patient-centered care into its model of academic and clinical excellence,” Sands added.