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Stony Brook Medicine Names New CIO


Jim Murry has been named Chief Information Officer of Stony Brook Medicine announced Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, Stony Brook School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD. Murry will arrive on campus today, January 6.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Stony Brook Medicine is the senior executive who will provide the business and operational leadership for information technology systems in support of the mission and strategic goals of Stony Brook Medicine and will be part of a collaborative, dynamic leadership team committed to the growth, expansion and success of the Stony Brook Medicine organization and the Health Science Campus.

“Over the past three years we have moved aggressively to better align a myriad of services and missions within Stony Brook Medicine,” said Kaushansky. “The creation of a Chief Information Officer epitomizes that very effort.”

A native of California, Murry comes to Stony Brook from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he has served for the past five years as Associate Dean of Information Technology and Informatics of the UCI School of Medicine, and Chief Information Officer of UCI Medical Center; an organization which was just voted one of the top five hospitals in the country for information technology.

Murry will work directly with Dr. Joel Saltz, the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Vice President for Clinical Informatics. Working with Saltz, Murry will develop the vision and strategic goals of informatics and systems and oversee their implementation and operation to support the academic, clinical and business missions of Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook University.

“I am extremely optimistic that we now have in place the intellectual capital to create one of the foremost information superhighways in the nation; one which will be the source of very big data that will be mined by our faculty to improve the quality of the healthcare we administer, enhance the education of the healthcare workers of the future, and serve as a catalyst for new hypotheses of the origins of human disease, predictors of patient responses to our treatment modalities and identification of the novel ways to insure the health of the residents of Suffolk County, of New York and beyond,” said Kaushansky. Murry received his degree in computer sciences from UC Irvine, and after 16 years in the private sector generating creative solutions to business and healthcare information needs, joined UC Irvine as Director of Technical Services, and then as CIO of the Health Sciences. He then served as National Vice President for Operations at Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest health maintenance organizations in the country, and as CIO and Senior VP of the City of Hope National Medical Center, before returning to UC Irvine in 2008 in his present capacity as CIO of the Medical Center and Associate Dean in the Medical School.

“Recruiting Jim to come to Stony Brook was a very rewarding experience and I am delighted that he is joining the team,” said L. Reuven Pasternak MD, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook Univeristy Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine Murry’s title of Chief Information Officer will allow him to lead the information technology efforts of the Stony Brook University Hospital System, Stony Brook University Physicians, and Stony Brook Community Medicine, as well as several aspects of the information infrastructure of the health science schools.

“With Jim on board, we are definitely on our way to the informational and informatics top of academic medicine,” said Kaushansky.

Murry replaces Dr. Gerald Kelly, interim Chief Information Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital, who Kaushansky thanked for his service over the past 18 months in the interim capacity. Kelly will return to his position as Chief Medical Information Officer of SBUH.

About Stony Brook Medicine:
Stony Brook Medicine integrates and elevates all of Stony Brook University’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes five Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital and more than 50 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu
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