Susan McDonald, M.D., has been selected as the new Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA) for Sentara RMH Medical Center, effective June 26.

Susan McDonald named VP of medical affairs

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Susan McDonald, M.D., has been selected as the new Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA) for Sentara RMH Medical Center, effective June 26.

Since January 2014, Dr. McDonald has served as Director of Sentara RMH Organizational Excellence, the hospital department that uses Lean-Six Sigma principles to improve workplace safety, promote quality care and enhance patient and employee satisfaction. She is a fellowship-trained anesthesiologist who reads intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram studies for the Sentara RMH cardiothoracic surgery program. She also has worked in an advisory capacity with the utilization management team on Medicare audits and the hospital’s program to improve clinical documentation.

"I am very excited about Dr. McDonald joining the senior leadership team at Sentara RMH," said Jim Krauss, president of Sentara RMH Medical Center. "She has experience, skill sets and a persona that makes her an excellent match for the leadership role. Her efforts in organizational excellence have made a very positive impact to the quality of care here in our community medical center."

Before coming to Sentara RMH Medical Center, Dr. McDonald served as vice president of medical affairs for St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, Calif. Her involvement with process improvement projects goes back to her time as a faculty anesthesiologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to join the outstanding group of leaders at Sentara RMH as we continue our efforts to provide the highest quality care and safest environment for our patients," Dr. McDonald said.

Dr. McDonald graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed an internship and anesthesiology residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, and a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

She is married to Sentara RMH cardiothoracic surgeon Jerome (Jerry) McDonald, M.D.

Dr. McDonald is taking over the VPMA position following the retirement of Dale Carroll, M.D., in June, who has served Sentara RMH in that role for the past 15 years.