Friday, July 24, 2015

Thomas Lynch Jr., MD, named MGPO CEO and chairman

Thomas J. Lynch

Following a national search, Thomas J. Lynch Jr., MD, has been selected as the new CEO and chairman of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, effective Sept. 1.

For the past six years, Lynch has served as director of the Yale Cancer Center, physician-in-chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, and the Richard Sackler and Jonathan Sackler Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. He is credited with bringing a clear vision, strong leadership and expanded depth and scope to these organizations.

Lynch has a long history with the MGH and, as a native of Boston, is no stranger to the community here. Prior to his time at Yale, he served as chief of Hematology-Oncology at the MGH Cancer Center and director of the Center for Thoracic Cancers. He first came to the MGH in 1986 as an intern in medicine and completed his residency here. Lynch then was a fellow in medical oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

He joined the MGH professional staff full time in 1993, and in 2008 was named a full professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

“The MGH is truly a special place,” said Lynch. “The talent, compassion and commitment of the medical staff are unmatched. Caring for the patient in the best way we know how is the core value of the hospital and has been since its founding in 1811. While change in health care is inevitable, I can think of no better place in the country to define excellence in patient care, education and research than the MGH.”

In his 23 years at the MGH, Lynch focused his practice and research on lung cancer. He was an integral member of the MGH team that in 2004 made the discovery that specific genetic mutations in patients with lung cancer explained why certain therapies worked for some patients and not for others. This was among the earliest studies in the evolution of the field of targeted therapy, offering new hope of treatments and cures to patients.

Among his many distinguished roles, Lynch has been a member of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care Board of Directors since its founding in 1995, chairing the board from 2009 to 2011. The Schwartz Center was created from the vision of Boston health care attorney Kenneth Schwartz, who in his final days of life envisioned an organization that would foster compassion and nurture the patient-caregiver relationship. Diagnosed at age 40 with advanced lung cancer, Schwartz was cared for at the MGH and was inspired by the extraordinary compassion and humanity of his MGH team, which was led by Lynch.

Lynch succeeds David F. Torchiana, MD, who stepped down in March to become CEO and president of Partners HealthCare. A committee of nine members, chaired by Katrina Armstrong, MD, MGH physician-in-chief, worked to find the best candidate for the role.

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