Bobbi Daniels, M.D., chief medical officer for University of Minnesota Physicians since 2003, has been named chief executive officer of the group practice following a national search. She assumed her new role on October 1.
As UMPhysicians’ chief medical officer, Daniels has overseen the clinical care delivered by more than 700 physicians within the integrated group practice for the University of Minnesota Medical School’s full-time faculty. She was also responsible for the operation of UMPhysicians-owned and -managed ambulatory clinics, with more than 500,000 visits per year and approximately 1,100 employees.
Daniels has served on UMPhysicians’ Board of Directors since 1996 and chairs the Clinical Practice Committee. She works closely with leaders at the Medical School and Fairview Health Services, which includes University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, on strategic, long-range planning, the alignment of quality and service initiatives, and the development of a patient-focused care delivery strategy.
The selection of Daniels as CEO marks the retirement of Roby Thompson, M.D., who has held the position since 2000. Thompson led UMPhysicians through a period of tremendous growth and change.
“His vision and leadership have been integral to the development of the practice,” says Frank Cerra, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences and Medical School dean. “He has consistently advocated the principles of physician leadership and interdisciplinary medicine that have propelled UMPhysicians to the highest levels in various national metrics.”