L. Reuven Pasternak, M.D.


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    L. Reuven Pasternak, MD

    Appointed effective Sept. 1, 2012, as Chief Executive Officer and Vice President for Health Systems of Stony Brook University Hospital, L. Reuven Pasternak, M.D., received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. Following his internship in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, he completed his residency in Pediatrics and Community Medicine at the University of North Carolina. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Anesthesiology.

    Pasternak received his Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina, and his Master of Business Administration from Loyola College of Maryland. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in international studies and economics from Johns Hopkins University.

    Pasternak spent the majority of his academic career at Johns Hopkins, in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, where he served as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, and the Departments of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy and Management, rising through the academic ranks and achieving tenure while in various academic and administrative roles.

    He then moved to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital campus, where he served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, President of the Hospital Medical Board, and in a number of posts, including President of the 350-member Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians, becoming Vice Dean for the campus and School of Medicine, and co-leading the integration of the two faculty practice plans at Hopkins into the 1,700 physician Clinical Practice Association.

    During his time at Johns Hopkins, he also served in the U.S. Naval Medical Corps reserves, with active duty during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, retiring with the rank of Commander in 1998.

    In 2005, Pasternak joined the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of a healthcare system consisting of eight hospitals and a 200-physician primary care system. He was responsible for clinical service lines, quality and safety services, risk management, medical staff coordination, graduate medical education, and ambulatory care systems.

    In early 2008, he became CEO of the Inova Fairfax Hospital and Campus, which has 900 beds and 5,500 employees. It includes the Heart and Vascular Institute, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Adult Medical-Surgical facility. He also served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Inova, a system of hospitals and ambulatory medical facilities, leading the academic programs and cultivating academic connections to several medical schools and the National Institutes of Health.

    He was appointed Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine with a joint academic appointment at Johns Hopkins. He is also currently serving on the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health.