Tufts Medical Center interim CEO Michael Wagner will now hold that post on a permanent basis

Michael Wagner. Photo courtesy of Tufts Medical Center.
Michael Wagner. Photo courtesy of Tufts Medical Center.

The Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees said Thursday that it has voted unanimously to appoint Michael Wagner as president and chief executive of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children on a permanent basis.

Wagner, a medical doctor, has served as interim chief executive since September, when his predecessor, Eric Beyer, abruptly resigned to “pursue other opportunities.”

Before that, Wagner served as president and chief executive of the 550-member Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization and as Tufts Medical Center’s chief medical officer.

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Tufts Medical Center is located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

In a statement, Tufts Medical Center chair Thomas Hollister said: “The board has been extremely impressed with Dr. Wagner’s performance in the interim CEO role over the past six months. Dr. Wagner is a wise and innovative leader who understands the complexities of health care from so many angles as a primary care physician, a private sector executive, and a patient safety advocate. This expertise will be invaluable as Tufts Medical Center builds on its rich tradition of health care innovation and transforms how care is delivered as the health care industry continues to change. We are very pleased that Dr. Wagner, who began his career here in our primary care offices, will now be our chief executive officer.”