New Chief Medical Officer Appointed At UH Parma Medical Center

Dr. Christopher Dussel, who previously oversaw Emergency Services at UH Parma Medical Center, has been promoted to Chief Medical Officer.

Christopher J. Dussel, MD, MBA, FACHE, who has served as Associate Chief Medical Officer over the past year at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, has been promoted to Chief Medical Officer. James Hill, MD, MBA, CPE, FASA, FACHE, who previously held the dual role of CMO and Chief Operating Officer, will continue to lead UH Parma Medical Center as COO.

“Dr. Dussel has represented our hospital well throughout the pandemic with agile, responsive leadership,” said Kimberly Togliatti-Trickett, MD, Chief Medical Officer for University Hospitals’ West Market, which includes UH Parma, Elyria and St. John medical centers. “He cultivates positive relationships with physicians and staff, as well as our emergency responders.”

As Associate Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Dussel has actively participated in Hospital Incident Command operations, helping to manage through multiple surges in the pandemic. He also has served on numerous quality committees and process improvement initiatives and helped to expand the hospital’s advanced practice program.

Dr. Dussel has served as Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services since June 2019, overseeing operations of UH Parma’s Emergency Department and EMS in the eight cities under the hospital’s medical control. In this capacity, he has also overseen the EMS Education Program that has trained and provided continuing education for paramedics and EMTs throughout the community for more than 35 years. A practicing emergency medicine physician, Dr. Dussel will maintain a clinical presence in the ED.

Prior to joining University Hospitals, Dr. Dussel held various leadership roles within the Summa Health System, including Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOMED) in Rootstown and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Summa Health System. Dr. Dussel earned his MBA from Youngstown State University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Dr. Dussel and his wife and four sons live in Portage County on a working farm that has been in his family for six generations.

CJ Sheppard

Senior Communications Strategist, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 12:52 PM, 03.01.2022