McLaren Flint appoints Dr. Varsha V. Moudgal as chief medical officer

FLINT, Mich.—McLaren Flint, the full-service, 378-bed hospital serving all of Genesee County, has named Varsha V. Moudgal, MD, CPE, FACP, FIDSA, as the hospital’s chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs.

As CMO, Dr. Moudgal will provide oversight and lead the implementation of all clinical services delivered within McLaren Flint and its regional facilities. An infectious disease specialist by training, she also brings extensive experience as a healthcare executive leader, having most recently served as associate chief medical officer at Trinity Health Livingston.

“I’m excited to join McLaren Flint, with its rich history and strong ties to the community — it really is a staple in mid-Michigan,” Dr. Moudgal said. “The chance to lead such a diverse staff, who has demonstrated time and again its ability to provide exceptional care while introducing the latest in medical technology, is an incredible opportunity. While this is a tremendous responsibility, it’s also a commitment I make to our patients.”

As the medical staff leader, Dr. Moudgal will liaise between the staff of providers and hospital leadership to ensure that clinical quality and patient experiences upholds the McLaren Health Care commitment to delivering exceptional care in a safe setting. At McLaren Flint, this care includes emergency and trauma, stroke and neurology, oncology (including proton therapy), orthopedics, and cardiovascular care, in addition to its many other services.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Moudgal to our team at McLaren. Throughout her impressive career, she has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in quality, patient safety, medical education, and clinical practice,” said Dr. Justin Klamerus, McLaren Health Care executive vice president and chief medical officer. “We are so excited about the skills she brings to McLaren Flint’s clinical leadership and are enthused about the benefit she will bring to the Flint community.”

As a physician leader, she was instrumental in developing and expanding numerous hospital service lines, ensuring each adheres to strict guidelines for safety and quality. And as an infectious disease specialist, she led Trinity Health Livingston’s COVID-19 response, which also involved directly coordinating with local health officials to provide the greater community with clear and accurate information throughout the pandemic. For this, she earned the Bob Lyons Community Leadership Award in 2021.

“Dr. Moudgal has proven herself to be a dedicated physician leader, one focused on establishing an environment of patient-centric care and enhanced clinical outcomes,” said Chris Candela, McLaren Flint president and CEO. “The entire leadership team is excited to add a member of Dr. Moudgal’s caliber to our hospital, and we’re confident her experience and energy will have an immediate and positive impact within our organization.”

A practicing physician since 1999, Dr. Moudgal earned her degree from Lokmanya Talak Medical College in Bombay, India, before continuing her training as an internal medicine resident and an infectious disease fellow at Detroit-area hospitals. During her clinical practice, she also undertook additional administrative roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately obtaining a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) degree from the American Association for Physician Leadership.

She has served in mentorship roles as the infectious diseases fellowship program director and also as an associate professor in the division of infectious disease at the Medical College of Ohio and Wayne State University.

About McLaren Flint
McLaren Flint is a 378 bed tertiary teaching hospital located in Flint, Michigan, offering a full range of comprehensive and advanced services for residents in greater Genesee County. McLaren Flint is affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine in its medical residency programs including family practice, internal medicine, general surgery and orthopedic surgery. McLaren Flint also maintains Fellowship programs in vascular surgery, health psychology, cardiology, and pulmonary and critical care in partnership with MSU. McLaren Flint is certified as a BCBSM Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery, Spine, and Maternity Care and has earned the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Designation by the Joint Commission and 2022 Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Award for Stroke Care from the American Heart Association. McLaren Flint is further designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and holds Laboratory Accreditation from the American College of Pathologists. The Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint is accredited by the American College of Radiology Radiation Oncology Practice and Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium (MROQC) 2021 Gold. Learn more at

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a $6 billion, fully integrated health care delivery system committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 15 hospitals in Michigan and Ohio, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 588,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health, infusion and hospice providers, pharmacy services, a clinical laboratory network and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 28,000 full-, part-time and contracted employees and more than 90,000 network providers throughout Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Learn more at