Stanford Children’s Health selects new president and CEO

Paul King will become the president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health in early 2019.

Paul King

Paul King has been selected as the new president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health. The organization’s board of directors announced King’s appointment Nov. 2. 

King, who is currently executive director of the University of Michigan Health System’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, will succeed Dennis Lund, MD, who has served as interim president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health since March. 

“With more than 35 years in health care, including 22 years in executive roles leading pediatric healthcare enterprises, Paul brings a wealth of experiences and leadership expertise to Stanford Children’s Health,” said Jeff Chambers, chair of the Stanford Children’s Health board.

King has led Mott Children’s since 2013, where his management efforts helped the organization achieve the highest patient satisfaction and employee engagement levels across the entire University of Michigan Health System. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO for the Pediatric Management Group, a 550-physician academic pediatric subspecialty group practice affiliated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 

“As we plan for the continued growth of Stanford Children’s Health and expansion of innovation across the entire continuum of care, Paul’s distinguished record of accomplishment and dedication to the critically important role of pediatric and obstetric care will undoubtedly help us achieve our vision of precision health at Stanford Medicine,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine.

“I am thrilled to be joining Stanford Children’s Health at a time of flourishing innovation in pediatric health care,” King said. “The possibilities that are within reach for the world-class Stanford Medicine academic medical institutions are truly limitless. I look forward to working with the board and executive leadership, the physicians and staff, as well as with partners at the School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care, to continue to advance pediatric care and research and raise the bar for patient experience and outcomes not just for our patients, but for children and expectant mothers everywhere.”

King earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from the University of Nebraska, and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Iowa. He serves on several boards including the Children’s Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association Maternal & Child Health Council.

Lund stepped into the interim CEO role at Stanford Children’s Health in March, when Christopher Dawes announced his retirement and medical leave of absence. Dawes had served as president and CEO since 2000.

In a joint statement, Minor and Chambers said that Lund “has demonstrated exceptional leadership during this challenging time while also successfully spearheading the opening of the new state of the art Bonnie Uytengsu and Family Surgery and Interventional Center. We also thank Chris for his extraordinary contributions to Packard, Stanford and children’s health nationwide over his remarkable career.” 

King is expected to begin his new role at Stanford Children’s Health in early 2019. More detailed plans for his transition will be announced in the coming weeks.



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