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Lahey Clinic chief to step down

Posted by Your Town  March 4, 2010 12:14 PM

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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.

According to a bio on the Lahey website, Barrett is a native of Michigan who received his bachelor's degree from Albion College and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Here is the rest of the bio from the Lahey website:

David M. Barrett, MD, is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Board of Governors, of Lahey Clinic Foundation and its Affiliates, a nonprofit, multispecialty health care organization based in Burlington, Mass. Before joining Lahey in September 1999, he had a long and distinguished career as a physician, teacher and administrator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

A native of Michigan, Dr. Barrett received his bachelor's degree from Albion College and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. From 1970-72, he served as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War and was Chief of the Aeromedical Service at Cam Rahn Bay Air Base.

Following his military service, Dr. Barrett trained at Mayo Clinic as a resident in general surgery and in urology. He became a staff physician at Mayo in 1975 and served as chair of the Institute of Urology throughout most of the 1990s. He also served as vice chair of Mayo's Board of Governors. He was a Trustee of the Mayo Foundation and a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Barrett is an authority on urologic oncology, urinary incontinence, bladder reconstruction, and genitourinary prostheses. During the course of his career, he has been widely published in academic journals and has received numerous research grants and contracts.

Among his many professional affiliations are memberships in the American College of Surgeons, the American Urologic Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a past president of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Barrett currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and Jobs for Massachusetts, Inc. He is also Chairman of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.

As chief executive officer of Lahey Clinic, Dr. Barrett oversees one of the largest health care systems in New England. He is a member of Lahey Clinic's Board of Trustees and chair of the Board of Governors.

Along with his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Barrett continues to work as a physician and teacher. He is a professor of urology at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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