From the Hartford Courant
October 21, 2011
By William Weir
Dr. Stuart Markowitz has been appointed Hartford Hospital's chief medical officer.
The West Hartford resident is a veteran at the hospital. Since 1995, he has been chairman of the hospital's department of radiology, and he's finishing a two-year term as vice president of the hospital's medical staff. His first experience with the hospital, though, was in 1981, when he arrived as an intern.
"The warmth that they greeted me with – a student – to me that was just so embracing," he said.
Markowitz will begin as chief medical officer at the beginning of the new year. He will take over for Dr. Rocco Orlando, who was appointed senior vice president and chief medical officer for Hartford HealthCare and Hartford Hospital in January of 2010. With Markowitz's appointment, Orlando will concentrate on his duties as chief medical officer for Hartford HealthCare.
Markowitz, who specializes in gastrointestinal radiology, said one of his goals is to integrate the hospital's outpatient care and inpatient care. He said that as health care has become more competitive and patients have become more savvy about their options, hospitals have had to step up their services.
"I think patients have always had choices," he said, "but we now have an ever-smarter population of patients. In some ways, that's a wake-up call for hospitals."
"We know that taking care of a patient is not just a matter of the few days that they're in the hospital," Markowitz said.
Jeffrey Flaks, president of Hartford Hospital, said Markowitz's availability made the selection process an easy one.
"Dr. Markowitz brings such respect, experience and skill to the hospital that a national search was not necessary," he said in an email.
Markowitz received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate and his medical degree from Chicago Medical School.