Jessica R. Goldstein, MD, FACEP, Named Chief Medical Officer of UH Ahuja Medical Center

Friday, December 17, 2021
After an extensive national search, Jessica R. Goldstein, MD, FACEP, has been named Chief Medical Officer of University Hospitals (UH) Ahuja Medical Center. Dr. Goldstein succeeds Dr. Tim Kasprzak, and has served in the role as interim Chief Medical Officer since Oct. 18, 2021. Her Chief Medical Officer appointment began Dec. 13, 2021.
Alongside the UH Ahuja Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Goldstein will work to enhance and expand clinical programs and services, patient outcomes, safety and quality at the hospital. She will also serve as a liaison between administration and the medical staff, and partner with leadership to recruit new physicians for UH Ahuja’s Phase 2 expansion project, which will provide a growing range of services for the community and will officially open in 2023.
“Our leadership team is looking forward to working with Dr. Goldstein as we embark on the major next chapter in the future of the hospital,” said Donald DeCarlo, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, UH East Market. “As our interim CMO at UH Ahuja, and throughout her tenure at UH, Dr. Goldstein has proven that she can lead our medical staff through any situation that comes our way. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, it’s essential to have a leader that is willing to not only anticipate operational challenges, but jump right in to give our caregivers the tools they need to continue providing high-quality patient care.”
Prior to serving as interim Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Goldstein was the Medical Director of UH Emergency Medicine Quality Network. In this role, she was the lead physician supervising quality, peer review, legal case review and quality improvement initiatives for more than 300 advanced practice providers and physicians in 12 EDs and five practice groups, caring for 500,000 patients. She fostered cultural change across the Emergency Medicine service line to inspire engagement, accountability and psychological safety. She also previously served as the first Division Chief of Emergency Medicine at UH Ahuja Medical Center, and continues to work clinically in the Emergency Department.
During the height of the pandemic, throughout the first year, Dr. Goldstein took on the challenge of leading Emergency Medicine’s Clinical Operations team. In this role, she supervised development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines, operational protocols, interdisciplinary simulations, PPE protocols, and communications throughout the Emergency Medicine service line.
Dr. Goldstein is an Anton Fellow, a program made possible through the generosity of Carol and Arthur F. Anton that provides an opportunity for UH physicians to enhance and cultivate leadership skills. She is also actively involved in the community and professional organizations. She is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.


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