Value Veteran Catherine H. MacLean, M.D., Ph.D., Joins Hospital for Special Surgery as Chief Value Medical Officer

New York, NY—August 14, 2015

Catherine H. MacLean, M.D., Ph.D., the acclaimed specialist in healthcare quality measurement and improvement, has been appointed Chief Value Medical Officer at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City.  The announcement was made today by Louis A. Shapiro, HSS President and CEO and Todd Albert, MD, HSS Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director.

“I’m thrilled to invest my 30 years of experience in improving health care value to advance the important mission of Hospital for Special Surgery,” said Dr. MacLean. “HSS is a pioneer in developing best practices for patients and redefining the way value is understood and delivered within healthcare.”

“We’re excited about Dr. MacLean’s appointment as Chief Value Medical Officer,” said Mr. Shapiro. “In a rapidly changing healthcare environment this important role demonstrates our continued commitment to providing excellent value to our patients.”

In this new role, Dr. MacLean will be co-leading the Value Management Office, an established group focused on improving the way HSS defines, measures, and achieves value. Dr. MacLean will also help lead efforts to improve external quality transparency, giving consumers and other key stakeholders the information they need to make informed care decisions.

“HSS is devoted to delivering the best patient outcomes and experience at the lowest total cost across the episode of care,” said Dr. Albert. “Together with Dr. MacLean we will work to develop and improve strategies to measure value for treating people with musculoskeletal conditions.”

Dr. MacLean, a rheumatologist, earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology from University of California; a Medical Degree from Washington University School of Medicine; and a Doctorate in Health Services from UCLA School of Public Health. Prior to joining HSS, she served as the Staff Vice President at WellPoint’s Center for Quality Measures and Improvement.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at


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