Chad Lefteris

Chad Lefteris

 CHIEF EXECUTIVE UCI HEALTH

DAY JOB: Newly appointed head of UCI Health, oversees OC’s only academic medical center and all clinical and patient-serving operations. Oversees the overall UCI Health system, which includes UCI Medical Center, the area’s largest hospital, and more than a dozen outpatient research and specialty care centers throughout Orange County and portions of Riverside County.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: UCI Health has infectious disease experts, public health researchers, and world-class clinicians working to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Among other works, UCI Health’s medical complex in Orange is the site of a therapeutic clinical trial for a drug that can treat the coronavirus. Foster City-based Gilead Sciences Inc. said at the end of April that early studies indicate its drug remdesivir showed promise for this purpose; the U.S. FDA later authorized the drug’s use for coronavirus treatment.

NOTABLE: Said at time of appointment: “UCI Health plays a unique role in meeting the health needs of our region’s residents: While we’re at the forefront of providing complex care and cutting-edge research, we also have a prominent role in providing primary and specialty care in all corners of the community. With the vast spread of COVID-19, this is a pivotal time for healthcare in our state and nation. I will prioritize the health of our community and the safety and well-being of our physicians, nurses, and staff as we work together to get through this pandemic.”

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QUOTABLE: “Chad Lefteris is the ideal person to lead UCI Health. Coming from one of the most competitive and complex healthcare markets in the U.S., he embraces collaboration. That openness, combined with a keen understanding of strategy, will drive growth so all the people of Orange County can enjoy ready access to the innovative expertise and cutting-edge care of the region’s only academic medical center,” said Steve Goldstein, vice-chancellor of health affairs at UCI.

FAST FACT: Named to post at the start of April, had been COO since December 2018.

2020 HOBBY: “This past winter we moved into a new home in Orange. The house was built in 1931 so my new favorite hobby is home improvement!”