Duke University Department of Medicine professor David Zaas will become president of the 186-bed Duke Raleigh Hospital effective July 1.
Duke Raleigh Hospital competes for patients with UNCs Rex Hospital and WakeMed Health and Hospitals.
Zaas, who has an MBA in addition to a medical degree, is chief medical officer for the Duke faculty practice and vice-chair for clinical practice at Dukes medicine department.
Zaas was trained as a pulmonary and critical care physician and joined Dukes faculty in 2005, becoming medical director for lung transplantation in 2008 and chief medical officer in 2011.
He replaces Richard Gannotta, a former WakeMed administrator and later Duke Raleigh Hospital president, who in February became president of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.