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Atrius Health - News - Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Appoint Gene Lindsey, MD, President and CEO


Newton, Mass. — June 10, 2008 - The Boards of Trustees at Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates has appointed Gene Lindsey, MD, President and CEO of both organizations. Lindsey, a 33-year veteran of Harvard Vanguard, has been serving as interim President and CEO since February 2008 and will transition to this new role immediately. Atrius Health is a nonprofit alliance of five leading community-based medical groups which includes Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Southboro Medical Group, and South Shore Medical Center.

“As one of the first doctors to join Harvard Vanguard, Gene embodies the spirit of our physician-led organization,” said Carl Isihara, MD, PhD, Chair of the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Board of Trustees. “Throughout the history of Harvard Vanguard and Atrius Health, Gene has demonstrated that he has his finger on the pulse of the organization. He has already set a direction for us that both boards fully support.”

Lindsey, an internist and cardiologist, joined Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, then Harvard Community Health Plan, in 1975. He was elected to its Physicians Council in 1986 and became chairman in 1991, when he also joined the board of Harvard Community Health Plan. Lindsey remained on the board through its merger with Pilgrim Health Care to become Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. In 1997, when Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates split from Harvard Pilgrim, he became the first and only Chairman of the Board for this new organization, leading the transition.

“In the first four months that he has served as our interim President and CEO, Gene has shown that he has the vision, experience, and commitment to help us achieve the goals of Atrius Health,” said Edward Nalband, MD, Chair of the Atrius Health Board of Trustees. “We are confident that he is the best person to lead our organization as we strive to deliver even higher levels of care to our patients, and we look forward to his continued leadership.”

In 2004, when Dedham Medical Associates, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Southboro Medical Group, and South Shore Medical Center (Granite Medical joined in 2005) affiliated to form Atrius Health, Lindsey joined the Atrius Health Board of Trustees, and in January 2007, he became its Chairman. He stepped down from both roles when he became interim President and CEO.

“I am grateful for the support of both Boards and deeply honored to assume leadership of an organization that I have grown with over the past 33 years,” said Lindsey. “I look forward to furthering our collaborative culture and fostering an environment of innovation and education, supporting our mission of partnering with our patients to improve their health.”

Among Lindsey’s immediate priorities for Harvard Vanguard is to develop and engage the organization in a 5-year plan that will build on our strong foundation of innovation to deliver most efficiently the highest quality care. For Atrius Health it is to develop agreement and begin implementation for expanding the services that are offered jointly to our patients. Lindsey has also created a new position at Atrius Health, Vice President and Executive Director, that will help to facilitate additional collaboration among the Atrius Health medical groups. The Atrius Health groups already collaborate with the Commonwealth Atrius Cancer Center, Atrius Health Women’s Center, and Atrius Health Imaging, all located in Weymouth.

Lindsey received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, cum laude, and holds a BS in chemistry from the University of South Carolina, magna cum laude. He completed an internship, residency, and clinical fellowship in cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital), where he has been on staff since 1971. He was the recipient of the Harvard Community Health Plan Dorsey Award in 1983 and of the Harvard Pilgrim Ebert Award in 1999.

Dr. Lindsey and his wife are residents of Wellesley, Mass. He has four grown sons and a granddaughter, and is a passionate runner who has completed more than 50 marathons.

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