Yale Medicine’s leadership team.
Robert J. Alpern, MD
Dean, Yale School of Medicine
Robert J. Alpern, MD, was appointed dean of Yale School of Medicine in June 2004, continuing a career that has combined his interests in research, clinical practice and teaching. As dean, he has provided oversight for Yale Medicine during a period of expansion, while steering one of the world’s leading institutions for biomedical research and advanced medical care. Dr. Alpern attended college at Northwestern University, where he majored in chemistry. A board-certified nephrologist, he received his MD degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and then received residency training in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Following this, he was a postdoctoral fellow in nephrology in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Before coming to Yale, Dr. Alpern held faculty positions at UCSF and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he served first as chief of nephrology and then as dean from 1998 to 2004.
Gary Desir, MD
Chair of the YM Board
Gary V. Desir, MD, chair of the Yale Medicine (YM) Board, oversees a group of clinical department chairs and four at-large faculty members who provide direction and guidance for the administrative leaders of Yale Medicine. Dr. Desir is the Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine (YSM), and holds multiple leadership positions, including chair of medicine at both YSM and the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Health System. He is a physician-scientist whose major contributions include the discovery a specific voltage-gated potassium channel that regulates body weight and insulin sensitivity, and the identification of a new growth factor named renalase that protects cells against toxic and ischemic injury. Dr. Desir completed his medical degree at YSM, and trained in internal medicine and nephrology at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is the cofounder of the minority organization for retention and expansion (MORE), a faculty group at YSM focused on increasing faculty diversity through mentoring programs and developing resilient social networks.
Paul Taheri, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Taheri, MD, MBA, chief executive officer (CEO) of Yale Medicine (YM) and deputy dean for Clinical Affairs at Yale School of Medicine, provides leadership for a rapidly expanding physician organization that combines the most cutting-edge medicine and with the best compassionate care. He joined YM from University of Vermont (UVM), where he was president and CEO of the UVM Medical Group in Burlington, and a professor of surgery. Dr. Taheri, who is originally from Buffalo, New York, completed his medical degree at New York University and his general surgical residency at Tulane University, and has experience as a trauma surgeon. He completed his MBA at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Yale Medicine’s CEO is also the past chair of the Group on Faculty Practices for the Association of American Medical Colleges and an examiner for the American Board of Surgery. He has lectured broadly on various business topics, including cost of care, physician leadership and system optimizations.
Frederick Borrelli, MBA, MA
Chief Administrative Officer
Frederick Borrelli, MBA, MA, chief administrative officer (CAO) for Yale Medicine, provides leadership and strategic oversight for the practice’s staff and facilities, in addition to supporting the overall administration. He directs, plans and manages comprehensive business affairs, and provides management and analysis of budgets, program development, human resources, staff training and development, facilities management and regulatory compliance. Borrelli has worked in health care for more than 20 years. He is the former COO of Yale’s clinical practice; prior to that he was associate chair and chief of administration in the Department of Surgery. Before coming to Yale, he was vice chair of finance and administration for the University of Rochester Medical Center. Borrelli has master’s degrees in both medical management and business administration from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.
Iain Burchell, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Iain Burchell, MBA, chief financial officer (CFO) of Yale Medicine (YM), has primary responsibility for strategic financial leadership, including management of the operating budget and capital budgets, the clinical revenue cycle, and financial reporting systems. Burchell joined YM from University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he had served as CFO of the faculty practice since 2009. He began his career at UT Southwestern in 2003 as the assistant vice president of health system planning after several years in various roles at American Airlines. A graduate of Glasgow University in Scotland, Burchell completed his MBA in operations management at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin.
Kimbirly Moriarty, MS
Chief of Network Strategy
Kimbirly Moriarty, MS, chief of Network Strategy for Yale Medicine (YM), is responsible for strategic planning and business development. Moriarty leads the centralization of YM’s efforts toward building its physician network, strategic alliances and partnerships, ambulatory planning, and clinical program development. Moriarty joined YM in early 2014 from New York University Langone Medical Center, where she was director of physician network development and integration, providing leadership for development and expansion of the clinical network throughout the five boroughs, in addition to Long Island, Westchester and the Hudson Valley region. Prior to that, she was CEO at Murray Hill Medical Group, P.C., an NYULMC affiliate. Moriarty completed her bachelor’s degree in business at University of Vermont and her master’s in administrative studies at Boston College.
Maryam Saeri, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Maryam Saeri, MBA, chief operating officer (COO) of Yale Medicine, has comprehensive oversight of Yale Medicine’s clinical practices, steering the increasing focus on clinical optimization and leading such areas as clinical operations, infrastructure development, patient access and experience, and practice integration. Saeri joined Yale School of Medicine in December 2013, when she became vice chair of Finance and Administration in the Department of Pediatrics. Shortly after her arrival, she assumed additional responsibility for the department’s clinical operations. Before coming to Yale, Saeri was at the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, where she held a rare dual appointment in both institutions as senior director for administration and patient care services. She earned her BSc in biopsychology and her MBA with a healthcare concentration at the University of British Columbia.
Ronald J. Vender, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Ronald J. Vender, MD, chief medical officer for Yale Medicine and associate dean for clinical affairs at Yale School of Medicine, leads efforts to improve quality and safety of medical care, develop and strengthen clinical programs, and maintain the highest level of practice standards. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Vender was chief of gastroenterology at the Hospital of St. Raphael, associate director of the Yale GI Fellowship Program, and co-founder and managing partner of Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut. A professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, he has received numerous awards, including the Carey Award from the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), the Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Gastroenterological Association, and the DeLuca Award from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Vender is a past president of the ACG. He completed his medical degree at Yale School of Medicine, and his residency training and gastroenterology fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Babar Khokhar, MD, MBA
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer
Babar Khokhar, MD, MBA, and assistant professor of neurology, oversees clinical optimization, population health, and clinical innovation for Yale Medicine. Dr. Khokhar and his team are focused on enhancing the patient and provider experience and identifying efficient ways of managing diverse patient populations with an eye toward achieving better outcomes, lower costs, and greater value. In 2015, prior to his current role, Dr. Khokhar created the clinical optimization team, which worked with a number of departments and centers. He obtained his MD and MBA in Healthcare Management in a combined program at Tufts University. After completing his residency in neurology at Yale New Haven Hospital, he went on to complete a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine at the School of Medicine and the Veterans Administration. He serves as the vice-chairman of operations, chief of the General Neurology Section and director of the MDA-ALS Clinic in the Department of Neurology and medical director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Electromyography Laboratory.
Steven Choi, MD
Chief Quality Officer
Steven Choi, MD, is the inaugural chief quality officer for Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Health System. He is responsible for developing and executing a single, unified strategy for quality and safety across all inpatient and ambulatory clinical practice sites. He spent the first two decades of his career caring for critically ill children, serving as the medical director of several cardiac intensive care units, before transitioning to health care quality leadership. A pediatric cardiac intensivist, Dr. Choi joined Yale from Montefiore Health System in New York, where he served as assistant vice president and director of Montefiore Network Performance Improvement. He was instrumental in the development of an integrated performance improvement plan for the Montefiore Health System and improved performance against publicly reported quality indicators. Dr. Choi is a seasoned quality improvement leader, having completed formal training with Intermountain Healthcare Delivery Improvement, University of Michigan Lean Healthcare and Kata Coaching, Lockheed Martin Six Sigma, and Northwestern University Organizational Leadership programs. Dr. Choi obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency training at Columbia University/Babies and Children’s Hospital of New York, and a critical care fellowship at University of Southern California School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.