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Edward Gorak, DO, Named Vice President, Medical Director of Operations for Baptist Physician Enterprise

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By Baptist Health


Dr. Gorak will focus on creating a well-integrated network of quality clinical teams to meet the needs of our community.Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 14, 2023 – Edward “Ed” Gorak, DO, MBA, MS, FACP was named to the newly created role of vice president, medical director of operations for Baptist Physician Enterprise. Baptist Physician Enterprise is Baptist Health’s network of employed providers, comprised of Baptist Primary Care, Northeast Florida’s largest primary care network, and a wide range of specialty physician practices. 

Dr. Gorak joined Baptist Health in 2016 as the founding Head of the Division of Cancer Medicine, Physician-in-Chief at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Clinical Director for the Center’s research program.

“Elevating physician experts to key operational roles is so critical for advancing effectiveness, efficiency and consistency of care across our network,” said Matt Zuino, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Dr. Gorak’s leadership is vital as we continue to focus on integration that meets our community’s health needs.”  

He is a member of the Board of Managers and has served as Chair of the Clinical Transformation Council and COVID-19 Clinical Transformation Workgroup for Baptist Physician Partners since 2020. He is co-chair of the Epic Physician Advisory Council and Epic Research Advisory Council and serves on the Blood Utilization Committee, Physician Leadership/CEO Advisory Group, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Continuing Medical Education Committee and Transparency Advisory Committee. 

Prior to joining Baptist Health, he held key leadership roles at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania, including the Principal Investigator for the Geisinger Cancer Institute Oncology Research Program, Director of the Hematology Program and Co-Director of the Center for Bone Marrow Transplantation. Dr. Gorak began his career in the military with duty stations at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, The National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Tripler Army Medical Center.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center and a Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Gorak holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.His current national committee appointments include National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s National Myelodysplastic Syndrome Natural History Study Steering Committee. 

About Baptist Health
 Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Clay; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated regional hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida; and Baptist Home Health Care by BAYADA. The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care, which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit baptistjax.com.
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