William Lunn, MD, a Harvard fellowship-trained executive with 18 years of distinguished experience in roles leading high-profile academic medical centers and a major regional health system, in addition to private practice, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tulane Medical Center.  Dr. Lunn assumes his responsibilities on Aug. 11, 2014.

Since 2009, Dr. Lunn has served as Chief Operating Officer of Christus Health-Northern Louisiana in Shreveport, a $250 million regional non-profit Catholic health care system encompassing three acute care hospitals with a total of 350 beds, an inpatient hospice, a long term acute care hospital within a hospital, and two wellness centers.  Among other accomplishments, Dr. Lunn’s strategic leadership grew key service lines, including oncology, cardiology and women’s services, and achieved certification as a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana (2010); Nationally Accredited Breast Center (2012) by the American College of Surgeons; and Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in 2012.  During his tenure, the healthcare system also achieved a Joint Commission accreditation with a top score (2012) and was recipient of the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013.

Prior to his position at Christus Health, Dr. Lunn spent five years at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Tex., where he served as Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Director of Interventional Pulmonology as a clinician and educator for one of the nation’s top-ranked medical schools.  During his tenure in executive leadership, Dr. Lunn helped plan, build and operationalize a 40,000 square-foot medical office building on the new McNair campus in the Texas Medical Center.  In addition, Dr. Lunn received the prestigious Fulbright and Jaworski award for leadership in medical education and held dual appointments at BCM in the departments of Medicine and Otolaryngology.

Dr. Lunn was in private practice from 1996 – 2003 at Pulmonary Specialists in Tyler, Tex., a single specialty physician group that provided pulmonary and critical care services to two hospitals.

“Oh behalf of the Board of Governors of the Tulane University Hospital & Clinic, we welcome Dr. William Lunn.  William is a respected dynamic and exemplary leader with extensive knowledge of designing and implementing strategic and innovative healthcare initiatives,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President, HCA MidAmerica Division. “His career reflects effective and impactful leadership, a tremendous asset as Tulane Medical Center continues to grow and serve the community’s well-being with comprehensive, high-quality and compassionate healthcare services.”

Dr. Lunn earned a Political Science degree from Tulane University in Business Administration and Medical degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern. He performed an internship in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas; residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University; a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University; and an Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship at Harvard Medical School.  He also received a Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Management from the Jones School of Business at Rice University.

“I am pleased to join Tulane Medical Center,” says Dr. Lunn.  “It is both an honor and privilege to work with the outstanding medical staff and dedicated leaders who make Tulane Medical Center an extraordinary healthcare and teaching facility and an undisputed community asset committed to providing every patient with the highest level of care in an environment where people, compassion and integrity are valued.”

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