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Novant Health names new chief medical officer

Winston-Salem, NC – April 29, 2014 – Tom Zweng, MD, has assumed the role of chief medical officer for Novant Health following Stephen Wallenhaupt who remains with the organization in a part-time capacity.

Dr. Zweng previously served as senior vice president of medical affairs for Novant Health’s Greater Charlotte market for the past seven years. A board certified general surgeon, he graduated from the University of California at Davis, completed medical school training at UCLA and a general surgery residency at University of Michigan. From 1990-1995, he was assistant professor of surgery at University of Kentucky Medical School where he developed the laparoscopic program for general surgery, before moving to Charlotte where he practiced as a surgeon with Surgical Specialists of Charlotte for 11 years. He has also served as chief of General Surgery for Presbyterian Medical Center.

Dr. Zweng replaces Stephen Wallenhaupt, MD, who has moved to a part-time role after seven years as Novant Health’s chief medical officer. He has been affiliated with the not-for-profit health system for more than 20 years. From 2001-2006, Wallenhaupt served as the executive vice president for medical affairs of Presbyterian Healthcare in the Charlotte area. He is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon and formerly a partner of Hawthorne Cardiovascular Surgeons in Charlotte from 1993-2001. Dr. Wallenhaupt remains an executive sponsor for the electronic health record implementation and will focus his efforts exclusively on the electronic medical record rollout across the system.

“I’m pleased Dr. Wallenhaupt is going to continue to ensure we have a successful electronic health record rollout across the system, and I’m excited to begin working more closely with Dr. Zweng who, like Dr. Wallenhaupt, is a strong advocate for patients,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “We’re fortunate to have incredibly strong physician leaders helping Novant Health achieve our quality, safety and patient experience goals.

Dr. Zweng is, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of several medical societies including the Southeast Surgical Congress, the Southern Society of Clinical Surgeons, and ,the Coller Surgical Society. He is active in his community as well, serving on the boards of the Community Building Initiative, the Mecklenburg County EMS agency, Mecklenburg County Medical Society and in the past, Opera Carolina.

About Novant Health

Novant Health is a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,200 physicians and 26,000 employees who make healthcare remarkable at nearly 500 locations, including 15 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston–Salem, N.C., Novant Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for our patients and our communities, serving more than four million patients annually. In 2013, Novant Health provided more than $566 million in community benefit including charity care and services. Novant Health is one of the top 25 integrated health systems in the United States and was named a top 50 “Best Places for Diverse & Women Managers to Work” by Diversity MBA Magazine. For more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2014