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Barrett to step down as Lahey Clinic chief

DECADE AT CLINIC During Barrett’s tenure, Lahey expanded facilities and strengthened its ties to Tufts University School of Medicine. DECADE AT CLINIC
During Barrett’s tenure, Lahey expanded facilities and strengthened its ties to Tufts University School of Medicine.
By Elizabeth Cooney
Globe Correspondent / March 5, 2010

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Lahey Clinic’s president and chief executive said today he will step down in January after a decade leading the Burlington-based medical center.

Dr. David Barrett, 68, will continue in a strategic leadership role through September 2012 as part of a succession plan, Lahey said.

A committee will begin a search for his successor next month.

During Barrett’s tenure, Lahey Clinic expanded facilities in Burlington and Peabody; formed clinical partnerships with other hospitals for specialty care; and strengthened its ties to Tufts University School of Medicine. Operating revenue grew more than 90 percent, to $833 million, since 1999.

Barrett, who is a physician and professor or urology at Tufts, came to Lahey from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “I consider myself privileged to have served two of the finest health care institutions in the country,’’ he said in a statement.