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 UNC’s 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 Duke’s medicine department.
Zaas was trained as a pulmonary and critical care physician and joined Duke’s faculty in 2005, becoming medical director for lung transplantation in 2008 and chief medical officer in 2011.
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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.