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June 22, 2011

Boutros to lead new Iowa River Landing Clinic for UI Health Care

The leadership of University of Iowa Health Care announced today that Rami Boutros, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P., has been named Executive Medical Director for Off-Site Ambulatory Care Programs, effective June 30, pending approval by the Iowa Board of Regents.

His initial responsibilities will involve planning and bringing UI Health Care-Iowa River Landing into operation, including budget development, financial management and regulatory compliance.

"We were looking for a leader with the right combination of skills and experience to help bring this major project to fruition, and we clearly met that goal when we found Dr. Boutros," said Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs. "His previous experience in caring for Iowans is an added bonus."

Boutros is currently with the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where he began work in 1998 as a staff pediatrician. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, he had a successful pediatric practice in Muscatine, Iowa. Boutros will also serve as a UI clinical professor of pediatrics.

Since 2008, Boutros has been leading the implementation of an electronic medical record and clinician order entry system across Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals as well as MyChart application at Cleveland Clinic Health System. He has served as interim managing director of e-Cleveland Clinic, a set of online services for patients and physicians. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of Clinical Systems, Cleveland Clinic Health System; and medical director of MyChart, the secure online patient medical record also offered at UI Health Care.

"Dr. Boutros knows how best to meet the needs of patients, staff and physicians," said Paul Rothman, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. "His background with another leading academic medical center makes him a perfect fit for Iowa."

Boutros also provided leadership and direction to Cleveland Clinic Lorain and Elyria Family Health, large multispecialty group practices located in Lorain and Elyria, Ohio, respectively. During that time, he successfully completed a $1.6 million expansion project at the Lorain center on time and on budget.

"I am very impressed by the wide range of abilities that Dr. Boutros brings to this position," added Kenneth Kates, associate vice president and CEO, UI Hospitals and Clinics. "He is ideally suited to meet all of the challenges that are inherent in any project that involves such a high level of complexity."

Boutros received a medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria, and completed a pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic. He also received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. In 2005 he became a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives.

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