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Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health hire Mumtaz Darbar to serve as first Chief Clinical and Academic Integration Officer

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health have appointed Mumtaz Darbar, to the new role of senior vice president, chief clinical and academic integration officer.

Darbar will be responsible for integrating the college of medicine and health system strategies and leading shared initiatives to achieve the missions of both entities and of Penn State.

Darbar will have a dual reporting relationship to Dr. Karen Kim, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, and Steve Massini, CEO of Penn State Health, serving to better align the shared interests of the College of Medicine, health system and the University in the delivery of health care, training the next generation of health professionals and advancing health sciences research.

“The addition of Mumtaz Darbar to the College of Medicine and Penn State Health will provide the focused leadership needed to create synergy across our academic health system,” said Kim. “Her expertise in leading the financial and operational management of complex academic medical centers and university units will be a valued asset as we continue towards stronger alignment.”

Darbar will collaborate with Penn State Health, Penn State College of Medicine and University leaders to coordinate, manage and help lead an integrated strategic planning process.

“As Penn State Health and our College of Medicine have grown and evolved, it is more important than ever that we are deliberate and extremely thoughtful in how we align our strategies,” said Massini. “Mumtaz Darbar has an excellent track record as a mission-driven leader with a deep understanding of academic medicine. We are confident she can help us achieve continued integration as we advance our work to improve the health and well-being of the people of Pennsylvania and beyond.”

In collaboration with other executive leaders, Darbar will co-lead the development of innovative models for operational and clinical partnerships with external partners for value-based care, performance and risk-based initiatives. She will also help to establish processes by which strategic objectives and plans are integrated into decision-making to achieve strategic goals across the college and health system.

Darbar previously served as vice dean, vice president of finance and administration for the University of Chicago Biological Sciences from November 2016 until recently.

Her accomplishments included the development of a long-range financial plan that enabled the growth of faculty by more than 18 percent in a financially sustainable manner. During her six-year tenure at UChicago Medicine, clinical revenues and extramural research funding rose by more than 20 percent. Darbar led financial improvement efforts while also directing strategic investments in faculty and programs.

She was responsible for financial and administrative oversight of clinical and basic science departments, clinical faculty practice, and research, education and administrative units during her time at the University of Chicago, which will be valuable assets to her position at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

Prior to her time in Chicago, Darbar was the executive director of finance for The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, where she was responsible for financial oversight of the Children’s Hospital and academic pediatric enterprise.

From 2004 to 2014, she served as clinical business officer for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

She executed and managed several offsite partnerships, including the establishment of neonatal intensive care units across Tennessee and Kentucky, outpatient pediatric subspecialty and urgent care joint ventures, as well as physician services agreements with regional hospitals.

Darbar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois where she graduated cum laude and earned a Master of Science in finance from the University of Dundee, Scotland where she graduated with honors. She is a certified public accountant.

Darbar began her role at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine on Nov. 29.

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