Dr. Philip Brown Named Chief Physician Executive

September 04, 2015

WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that vascular surgeon and current Chief of the NHRMC Medical Staff, Philip Brown, MD, has accepted the position of NHRMC Chief Physician Executive, effective Jan. 1. In this role, he will oversee care quality, care transformation and physician leadership within the organization.

“I am excited for this opportunity to be part of New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s ongoing transition from regional medical center to comprehensive health system. I look forward to developing and promoting physician leadership throughout the medical community, and to helping the organization’s leaders navigate the rapid and continuous changes in health care,” Dr. Brown said.

To better incorporate physicians’ unique skills, many hospitals are further developing their relationships with physicians and how they engage with them. Hospitals and physicians work together to ensure that advancement and standardization of quality care are aligned with a focus on what is the best for each patient.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has already taken numerous steps to move toward physician integration in key leadership positions, with initiatives such as engaging physicians in Lean management and starting a Physicians Leadership Academy for physicians who want to learn management skills.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Brown to the leadership team at New Hanover Regional Medical Center,” said Jack Barto, the medical center’s president and CEO. “We have many exciting and diverse efforts underway to integrate with physicians and engage the skills they bring to the care of our patients. With Phil in this leadership role, we will be able to best align these efforts so they are even more effective.”

Practicing in Wilmington since 2004, Dr. Brown finished undergraduate work at UNC-Wilmington in 1988, then gained his medical degree at the Brody School of Medicine in 1995 at East Carolina University. He completed a residency at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, then a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2001-02. The next two years he served on the academic faculty at East Carolina University in Greenville.

Dr. Brown is former president of the New Hanover-Pender Medical Society and will continue as co-director of the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership, a leadership college provided by the N.C. Medical Society Foundation.

Dr. Brown’s hiring will coincide with the retirement of Sam Spicer, MD, the current vice president of medical affairs. Dr. Spicer will assume a part-time position leading Physicians Quality Partners, NHRMC’s Accountable Care Organization that is working toward a population health approach to improving patient quality while controlling costs. He will serve in this role until his retirement next year.