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Raza Dilawari, MD, Named Associate Chief Medical Officer,
UT Medical Group and Vice Chairman for
The University of
Memphis, Tenn. (August 18, 2008) – Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and Steven Burkett, chief executive officer, UT Medical Group (UTMG), announced the appointment of Raza Dilawari, MD, FACS, as associate chief medical officer for UTMG. In addition, Timothy Fabian, MD, Harwell Wilson Alumni professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, has appointed Dr. Dilawari to the Division of Surgical Oncology and as vice chairman for Methodist University Hospital (MUH) in the Department of Surgery. The appointments will be effective on October 1.
Dr. Dilawari currently serves as professor of Surgery
and associate director of the surgical training program at MUH. A regionally renowned general and oncologic
surgeon, Dr. Dilawari has built a robust referral practice founded on patient
and referring-physician service. He has
also fostered a remarkable working relationship between the
Dr. Dilawari is certified by the American Board of
Surgery and performed his oncologic surgery training at the
“In his new role, I look to Dr. Dilawari, acting with his colleague Dr. James “Lacey” Smith, UTMG chief medical officer, to lead a major evaluation, restructuring, and implementation of physician policies and procedures at UTMG,” stated Burkett. “Our goal is to create an optimal patient-friendly and referring-physician-friendly UTMG. We believe Dr. Dilawari's private practice experience and understanding of patient and referring-physician expectations make him an ideal person for these important duties," he added.
“Dr. Dilawari is a key component to enhancing the academic stature of MUH due to his strong scholastic and private practice background,” stated Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, chief executive officer, MUH. “Combining that with his insight into enhancing overall physician relations, Dr. Dilawari will complement and reinforce the mission at MUH to continue to provide high-quality, cost-effective health care to benefit the communities we serve,” he noted.
Dr. Dilawari has been a key mentor and figure in the
training and supervision of medical students and surgical residents on the
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