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Kathleen Clem, MD, Named Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Adventist Health System

Dr. Clem will set the course for exceptional clinical care across the system.

12/1/2017  |  By Mario Roberts

Adventist Health System (AHS) has named Kathleen Clem, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer. Clem assumes her new role on Dec. 1, 2017, and reports to Adventist Health System Chief Operating Officer Lars Houmann.

Clem, who previously served as vice president and chief medical officer for Florida Hospital East Orlando, will serve on the AHS Cabinet and set the vision for safe and exceptional clinical care across the organization’s continuum of health care services, which will include working closely with the Population Health Services Organization to develop effective care delivery systems in population health and risk payment environments. Clem replaces Loran Hauck, MD, who will transition to a new role that focuses primarily on Adventist Health System’s clinical care transformation initiative.

“Kathleen brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to our corporate leadership team,” said Houmann. “As we continue striving to elevate and advance the delivery of exceptional wholistic care, her clinical leadership will be pivotal to our organization, allowing us to expand our focus and expertise for the benefit of patients across the care continuum.”

Clem’s career includes serving as the first female department chair at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She was also the first female division chief in the Department of Surgery at Duke University and the first division chief for emergency medicine at Duke University. Clem oversaw the expansion of the Duke Emergency Department, and the Duke Emergency Medicine Residency and Research Center was established under her leadership. She also established the first International Emergency Medicine Fellowship in the U.S., and has organized medical teams to establish clinics or provide medical support and teaching in Tanzania, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Honduras, Nepal, Vietnam, the Solomon Islands, Palestine and China.

Clem earned a doctorate degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in emergency medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tennessee Technological University, and an associate degree in nursing from the Loma Linda University School of Nursing.

She and her husband, Terry, have two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, cooking, canoeing, skiing and traveling.