We are pleased to announce the appointment of G. Paul Matherne, MD, MBA, J. Francis Dammann Professor of Pediatrics, as Interim Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Interim Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (SAD-CA).
Dr. Matherne joined the faculty in the School of Medicine in 1988 and has served as a clinician, an educator, a basic science investigator funded by the NIH and the American Heart Association (AHA), and a HRSA-funded clinical investigator. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed and invited articles and book chapters. He has served as the associate chair for research and the vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, and he is the service line lead for the Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Matherne has served as the chair of the AHA’s Cardiovascular Disease in the Young Council, a member of the National AHA Budget review sub-committee, a member of the AHA Scientific Council’s Oversight Committee, and both a director and a past president of the AHA Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Board.
In addition to his contributions to the field of cardiology through extensive involvement in the AHA, Dr. Matherne is deeply involved in organizations that help improve the lives of children throughout the world. He has served on the board of Camp Holiday Trails, a Charlottesville-based organization serving children from throughout the United States who have complex medical needs, and he is currently on the board of Special Hope Network, an NGO in Zambia developing programs for children with intellectual disabilities. He has worked with the Gift of Life International, developing sustainable cardiac surgery programs in developing countries, and with the AHA-funded Saving Children’s Lives program in Botswana.
After receiving his MD at Texas A&M University in 1983, Dr. Matherne completed his pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Iowa. He earned an MBA at the Darden School of Business in 2010, and today he has an adjunct appointment at Darden, where he teaches health care management and nonprofit management.
As CMO and SAD-CA, Dr. Matherne will serve as the primary liaison in overseeing physician participation and collaboration in patient care and clinical services. This will include activities to develop, engage, communicate, and implement clinical strategies, operating policies and procedures, and clinical practice and productivity standards. He will ensure that the School’s education and research interests are represented in discussions and decisions related to clinical practice and systems of delivery and provide School of Medicine oversight of and input into clinical services.
We are delighted that Dr. Matherne has accepted this opportunity to join our leadership team during this period of transition. Thank you in advance for supporting his work in these roles.
David S. Wilkes, MD
School of Medicine Dean
Chris A. Ghaemmaghami, MD
Medical Center CEO