UF Health has selected two experienced healthcare leaders to fill key roles aimed at optimizing patient safety, high-quality care and support of medical staff.
Timothy E. Morey, MD, has been named chief medical officer for UF Health Shands. Jennifer L. Hunt, MD, M.Ed., has been named chief of staff for UF Health Shands.
Since 2013, Morey has served as Chair of the Anesthesiology Department, where he has modernized operations to better meet the needs of patients, students, residents, fellows and faculty. Morey will continue to support the department until an interim chair is named.
In his new role, Morey will serve a two-year term as chief physician of Gainesville-based hospitals. Morey will oversee patient care and clinical efficacy while fostering a culture of patient safety and satisfaction. He will chair both the hospital board’s quality and safety committee and the medical staff quality and operations committee.
A nationally respected clinician and scientist, Morey has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His research interests include the safe use of residential perineural sheath catheters for postoperative analgesia, assessment of medication adherence using exhaled breath, improved clinical decision-making in the operating room, and the effects of volatile anesthetics on patients very young. His research has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and other funding agencies.
He is the co-founder of four faculty entrepreneurial businesses based on technology developed and patented at the University of Florida. He is a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists and is a peer reviewer for several professional journals.
Morey received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Florida and completed his anesthesiology residency at UF Health Shands Hospital. In 1996, she began a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research funded pharmacology fellowship, joining the faculty of the UF College of Medicine the following year.
“This is an exciting time for UF Health, as we pioneer new ways to improve health and provide the best possible experience for our patients,” said Jim Kelly, interim CEO of UF Health Shands. “We are very confident in Dr. Morey’s leadership and commitment to working with physicians and staff to advance our core missions.”
Hunt will assume his new role while continuing to serve in his current leadership position at the UF College of Medicine as chair of the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine.
The duties of chief of staff, which were previously combined with those of chief medical officer, will now flow into this independent role at Gainesville-based hospitals.
Hunt’s new responsibilities include overseeing accredited medical staff and serving as medical administrative director, advising on clinical policies and best practices. You will also be responsible for implementing and enforcing the bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of the hospital and its medical personnel. As chief of staff, Hunt will oversee the medical executive committee and credentials committee.
Hunt is an internationally renowned head and neck and molecular pathologist who joined UF Health in 2020 after serving nearly a decade as the Aubrey J. Hough Endowed Professor and chair of pathology at the University of Arkansas for the medical sciences. At UAMS, she has also served as Chief of Staff, Chair of the Credentials Committee, and Chair of the Professionals Committee. Hunt has more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific publications in her subspecialty and has also published on medical staffing affairs, professional practice evaluation, and quality improvement. She is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and has held elected board roles for the Association for Molecular Pathologists, the College of American Pathologists, the Association of Pathology Chairs, and the Florida Society of Pathology.
He received his MD and concurrent master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, before completing an anatomical pathology residency and fellowship in molecular genetic pathology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She has held academic positions and leadership roles at the University of Pittsburgh, the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to her medical education, Hunt is also an executive coach certified and trained by the International Coach Federation. She has in-depth experience in coaching in the healthcare setting, with a particular focus on coaching for leadership and professionalism development.
“Dr. Hunt brings extensive medical staffing affairs experience to this new role and is ready to work closely with hospital and College of Medicine leadership to provide excellent leadership, representation and support to our medical staff and providers. of credentials,” said Colleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA, dean of the UF College of Medicine and Distinguished Professor of the Folke H. Peterson Dean.
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