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Meritus Health announces new chief medical officer for Meritus Medical Center, new associate dean for the proposed medical school

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Meritus Health has announced a new Chief Medical Officer for Meritus Medical Center, and new Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Community Development for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Anand Budi has been promoted to the role of Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Aaron George has been named the first Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Community Development for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine. Ahead of this announcement, Dr. Aaron George had served as the system’s Chief Medical Officer.

“We are so grateful for Dr. George’s tremendous leadership,” said Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H., President and CEO. “He’s been a committed and dedicated leader through the COVID pandemic and has led very successful initiatives to enhance patient safety and quality, and to reduce unnecessary testing and lab work at the hospital. I’m thrilled to see his passion and talents applied in this new role where he will help mold the future physicians of our region.”

Joshi said the accreditation process for the medical school is progressing under the leadership of the school’s dean, Dr. Paula Gregory.

Dr. Gregory and Dr. George will work together to hire additional faculty members in 2023.

Construction on the 200,000 square foot academic building will begin this winter. Partnerships with local colleges and other health systems are being developed.

Dr. Anand Budi, who has been serving Meritus Medical Center as Associate Chief Medical Officer, is familiar to the community, having practiced as a pediatrician in Hagerstown since 1998.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Budi to the senior leadership team and look forward to his work in quality, safety, and leading our talented provider teams at the hospital,” Joshi said. “He has served our community in a tremendous capacity for decades, and we are honored that he has chosen to share his talents and experience at Meritus.”

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