Leach named chief medical officer of University Hospitals

By Erin Prather Stafford


Dr. Steven Leach, previously the medical director of the William T. and Gay F. Solomon Division of General Internal Medicine, has been appointed chief medical officer for
UT Southwestern University Hospitals. He will serve on the hospital senior management team and work with department chairs, medical staff and clinicians to ensure continued excellence in safety and patient care.

Dr. Steven Leach

“Dr. Leach is a highly regarded and respected clinician who has outstanding leadership capabilities,” said Sharon Riley, chief executive officer and vice president for UT Southwestern University Hospitals. “He will bring a commitment to working with the medical staff as we continue to build an integrated health system at UT Southwestern.”

Dr. Leach will work closely with physicians on safety and quality management programs, both inpatient and outpatient. He also will be integrally involved in new hospital planning, coordinating medical staff input and the integration of the overall care team.

“There are a lot of exciting changes taking place on campus,” Dr. Leach said. “There is a greater focus than ever before on providing the highest quality of patient care. It’s an honor to be part of the team taking UT Southwestern in that direction.”

Dr. Leach received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his internship and residency at
UT Southwestern and its affiliated hospitals. He joined the
UT Southwestern faculty in 1996 and has been involved extensively in the development and implementation of ambulatory electronic medical records.

The division of internal medicine is the largest single clinical-care division at
UT Southwestern. Its outpatient facilities are located at the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center and at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Faculty members also provide inpatient care and conduct consultations at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and at Parkland. Faculty clinicians also provide care to patients at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a number of other affiliated hospitals and clinics in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas.

General internal medicine faculty physicians teach the physical diagnosis courses for first- and second-year medical students and instruct third- and fourth-year students in general medicine in the wards and clinics of Parkland.

Last year, Dr. Leach was recognized with the creation of the Charron and Peter Denker Fund for Medical Excellence, in Honor of Steven Leach, M.D.

Dr. Leach is a professor of internal medicine and holder of the Irene Wadel and Robert Atha Professorship of Internal Medicine, in Honor of John W. Burnside, M.D.