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Emergency room physician Lee Johannsen has been named chief medical officer at Central Texas Medical Center, a newly created position charged with “provid[ing] oversight for clinical performance and quality outcomes,” CTMC chief executive officer Sam Huenergardt said this week.



“His leadership skills and ability to analyze complex problems made him a logical choice for CMO. He is a great communicator who can help us further develop the culture we are building here at CTMC,” Huenergardt said. The chief medical officer will serve as a liaison between medical staff and hospital management, the CEO said.

Johannsen has worked in the hospital’s emergency department since 2009, six of those years as its director. He also served a stint as CTMC chief of staff in 2012.

“I look forward to advancing our goals in expanding our services and providing exceptional patient care,” Johannsen said.

A native of Iowa, Johannsen received an undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines and attended medical school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Florida and worked in El Paso and Austin as a U.S. Army doctor. He and his wife, Gianna, have two sons.

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