X Marks the Spot

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Change is hard, but also good


Some personal news:

I am joining @cityofhope as #CMIO starting today.

Words can’t really describe how will greatly I will miss my @HarborUCLA and @Harborpeds family (but I’ve never been short of them, so I’ll try). Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (nee Harbor General Hospital) has been my professional home for over 25 years and is where I trained to be a #pediatrician, met my wife, became a #clinical informaticist, grew a #PHM program, implemented @Cerner #EHR, and had the wonderful opportunity to work with and learn from hundreds of residents and fellows. Thank you to all of my faculty colleagues for making it a place that I love. Thank you to #CMO @anishpmahajan #CEO Kim McKenzie #PedsChair Lynne Smith for providing me with the opportunity to do what I live to do. Thank you to the #CIOs (Mary Morgan, Sandy Mungovan, Katie Uyemura) and their awesomely talented IT teams for allowing me to incessantly ask/bother them in my quest to improve the #HealthIT user experience. Thank you to all of the amazingly! talented! pediatric and neonatal nurses without whom I never would have made it through residency, let alone 20 years as faculty. And of course, my biggest thanks to everyone with whom I had the genuine pleasure of working with at Harbor-UCLA, in every department, in every location, in every shift. I couldn’t have done it without all of you.

A good friend said to me the other day, it’s not goodbye but see you later.

So, Harbor-UCLA, see you later.

I am excited to turn the page to the next chapter.

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