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McLaren Health Care Names Robert Flora Chief Academic Officer/Designated Institutional Officer (CAO/DIO)

Published on Thursday, November 03, 2016
Robert Flora CAO-DIO

Robert F. Flora, MD, MBA, MPH, has been appointed chief academic officer/designated institutional officer (CAO/DIO) for McLaren Health Care Corporation, effective Oct. 17, 2016.

“Robert Flora is a highly accomplished medical professional with an impressive background in graduate medical education administration,” said Michael McKenna, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer, McLaren Health Care. “In addition to his extensive academic appointments, publications, research grants, honors and activities, his track record as a medical education administrator has been exceptional, and his knowledge and experience certainly will be great assets for McLaren Health Care.”

Flora’s responsibilities include administering all McLaren Health Care graduate medical education (GME) programs; ensuring McLaren meets all applicable requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as other professional, educational, accreditation and regulatory standards; and supervising all academic-related scholarly activity within the McLaren system and as it relates to its clinical and academic partners. 

With a career that spans more than 20 years in health care, Flora comes to McLaren from Providence-Providence Park Hospital in Southfield and in Novi, where he served as director of medical education and DIO. Currently, he holds the position of professor and associate chair for education of obstetrics and gynecology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. In 2015, Flora worked to expand the College of Human Medicine, managing the development of its campus in Southeast Michigan.

Prior to his employment at Providence, Flora served as professor and vice chair, obstetrics and gynecology, at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio. From 1997 to 2012, he worked as founding section chief of urogynecology and reconstruction pelvic surgery at Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio.

“I am very excited about the opportunities I am being given at McLaren,” Flora said. “McLaren Health Care is positioning itself to address the changes in the way health care is going to be delivered. They truly are working toward the triple aim of better population health, better patient experience, and reducing cost while maintaining quality and patient satisfaction. The responsibility of training medical students and resident physicians toward the triple aim is my way of paying back the opportunities that have been given to me during my clinical years.”

Flora, 55, holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as a master’s degree in public health from the University of Akron/Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed his medical degree and residency training at the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, and fellowship training in Connecticut and New York. He is board certified in public health, obstetrics and gynecology, as well as in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Flora resides in Novi with his wife, Linda, who also is an OB-GYN physician. They have one daughter, Jenna, who is pursuing a graduate degree in business at Michigan State University.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 40,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at mclaren.org.