Peter Aran: A Medical Education and Health Policy Leader

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    Peter Aran is an accomplished clinician, leader in multiple areas of health delivery including medical education, health administration, and health policy with a career spanning over four decades.  He has held numerous roles in the healthcare sector and has been recognized nationally for his contributions.

    Career Highlights:

    • Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer: Peter served at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, where he played a pivotal role in medical education and clinical affairs for over three years.
    • Medical Director of the Transplant In-Patient Unit: While at the University of Chicago he served as the Medical Director of the combined surgical-medical in-patient ward teaming with nurse administrators in the care of pre and post liver transplantation patients.
    • Medical Director of Population Health Management: He worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, where he focused on population health management strategies and implementation.
    • Leadership at Saint Francis Health System: Peter held numerous leadership positions in clinical care, hospital administration, and heath system governance.  He chaired multiple clinical care committees. He was the Chief Medical Officer of Saint Francis Hospital, the state’s largest hospital. He was the system’s first Director of Disease Management as well as Vice President responsible for Quality, Safety, Clinical Research, and Medical Education. With 13 years on the health system’s board of directors ( the third longest physician tenure in the system) he chaired two committees, Quality and Strategic Planning.
    • Clinical Practice: Prior to his administrative roles Peter had an illustrious career as a transplant physician, gastroenterologist and internist. His clinical career spanned the care spectrum from transplantation medicine to comprehensive primary care.  He was the only gastroenterologist in eastern Oklahoma to be chosen Best Doctor by his peers 10 years in a row.

    Medical Education and Training:

    • Peter holds a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
    • He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and received the “Teacher of the Year” award during his residency.
    • Peter also completed fellowships in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

    Leadership and Awards:

    • Peter has showcased exceptional leadership throughout his career chairing numerous committees in the healthcare sector.
    • He was given the University of Iowa’s highest academic-leadership award, the Hancher Finkbine Medallion.
    • He was chosen by the University of Chicago’s hospital and medical school as their candidate for the Martin Luther King award,
    • Peter’s dedication to medical education earned him Teacher of the Year awards at both the University of Chicago and University of Iowa medical schools.

    Peter Aran’s extensive experience, leadership in healthcare, and commitment to medical education make him a notable figure in the field of medicine and health policy. His legacy continues to inspire future generations of healthcare professionals.

    Character: Peter Aran is characterized by his unwavering dedication to healthcare, an unwavering commitment to patient care, family-lay caregiver involvement, and efforts to thwart burnout in physicians, nurses, students, lay caregivers, and a legacy of leadership in medical education and quality care.

    Knowledge: With a comprehensive medical education, clinical expertise, and a deep understanding of healthcare administration and policy, Peter Aran possesses a wealth of knowledge essential for effective leadership in the medical field.

    Strategic: Peter’s strategic prowess is evident through his roles as Chief Medical Officer in both the academic and private sectors. Also, his board experience in the private healthcare sector as well as chairing his state medical association’s board of directors.  And on the national  level his work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and his work with population health in the insurance sector are demonstrative of his interest in trying to help connect healthcare delivery at the bedside to the broader,  macroscopic,  policy level.

    Communication: Peter Aran’s effective communication skills are reflected in his ability to chair national conferences, chair numerous state, local, and hospital healthcare committees, and help lead healthcare organizations in the academic and private sectors all of which showcase his capacity to convey complex medical concepts to diverse audiences.  His work with projects from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Accreditation Council for Continued Medical Education, and the American Medical Association are also representative of his interest and ability to improve the coordination of healthcare delivery at the local, state, and national levels.

    Personal:  Peter has been married for over 40 years to his wife, Sofia, a Ph.D. trained Neuropharmacologist.  They have four children and two grandchildren. Peter, Sofia, and all four children share the joy of running.  An active sports family, they have run a total of 15 marathons and numerous half-marathons, 10, and 5 kilometer runs. (Peter is training for his 10th marathon now).

    Running will hopefully help them remain resilient in their careers and minimize the risk for burnout.  Emily is an engineer at Argonne Labs, Chicago, Dan is a Vice President of Sports Management at Northwestern University, Greg is an Internist-Hospitalist in Phoenix, and Bob is a Gastroenterologist in Tulsa. Peter and Sofia have a yellow Labrador retriever, five “grand-dogs”, and a “grand-rabbit”, all the 4-legged members of the Aran family are runners as well.


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