NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Dr. Andy Anderson has been appointed as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health, the largest health care system in New Jersey, and Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.

In his new role, Dr. Anderson oversees the clinical activities of one of the largest provider consortia in the nation. The Combined Medical Group results from a partnership between RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University to jointly operate a world-class academic health system dedicated to life-changing research, clinical training of tomorrow’s health care workforce and high-quality patient care.

“Dr. Anderson’s leadership experience at some of the most progressive integrated delivery systems in the nation will be a major advantage for our Combined Medical Group,” said Barry Ostrowsky, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health. “His expertise at leading schools of medicine and working with multi-specialty groups is invaluable to the RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University community.”

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The group was formed from the practitioners of RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Health Group, a faculty practice of Rutgers-employed physicians, dentists, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Dr. Anderson is charged with driving innovation and creating a seamless transformation as the teams combine.

For the physicians in the new group, the model provides for greater integration and heightened access to consultations and clinical research, greater collaboration among practitioners and value-based care for patients and communities. The multi-specialty group will continue to work in collaboration with thousands of practitioners in the state who wish to remain independent and self-employed. 

“Rutgers faculty bring tremendous expertise, insight and experience to clinical care and research, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Andy Anderson lead our Combined Medical Group,” said Dr. Brian Strom, Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the executive vice president for Health Affairs at Rutgers University. “We are confident his leadership will help us to provide the highest quality patient care and enhance the delivery and accessibility of evidence-based health care across the region.”

Dr. Anderson comes from Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, where he was named Chief Medical Officer in 2015 and was responsible for the strategic direction and operational deployment of critical physician and clinical support functions. Dr. Anderson also served as executive leader of the Aurora Research Institute and ACL Laboratories, championed the wellness programs, led clinical informatics, and oversaw medical education for the system. 

Prior to joining Aurora Health Care, Dr. Anderson served in multiple leadership roles during more than 15 years at national health care systems, including Chicago-based NorthShore University HealthSystem, the University of Chicago Hospitals, and the Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Health. Dr. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.

 “It is an exciting time to join the team and lead the Combined Medical Group as this partnership seeks to lead health care delivery and innovation in New Jersey and the region,” said Dr. Anderson. “I look forward to advancing health in New Jersey by utilizing the expertise I have gained from almost two decades of working with academic health centers, medical groups, clinical networks and physician leadership development.”

Rutgers University recently entered an agreement this week with RWJBarnabas Health in which the hospital group will provide the university with $1 billion over the next 20 years for medical research and support for the medical school. Click HERE to read more.