The following message was sent to Ohio State faculty and staff on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Dear Ohio State Community:
I write to share with you that Dr. Harold L. Paz will be stepping down from his position as executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at Ohio State and chief executive officer of the Wexner Medical Center, effective October 3.
Dr. Paz, who has been an outstanding leader of our university’s medical center and partner in the communities we serve, will become executive vice president for health sciences at Stony Brook University. During his tenure at Ohio State, he has played a key role in providing Ohioans with greater access to high-quality, specialized care; supporting medical research; educating and training the next generation of health care professionals; and driving growth through new outpatient care facilities and our planned inpatient hospital on the Columbus campus. Recently, the Wexner Medical Center was recognized as a national leader in 10 specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings — and high performing in 13 procedures and conditions.
Dr. Paz has also been part of the university team leading through the tremendous challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I know you join me in expressing our gratitude for his service as a Buckeye and wishing him well in his new role.
We will share more regarding an interim leader as well as the launch of a national search soon.
Our health care professionals and support staff are among the very best in the world. With exciting opportunities to grow our medical center, ensure outstanding patient care, and prepare tomorrow’s leading health care professionals, we are at an exciting time to bring an even brighter future to Ohio State.
Thank you, Buckeyes, for all that you continue to do to advance our health, safety and well-being, serving individuals and families in the communities in which they live.
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD