Lunn tapped to lead Tulane Medical Center

Tulane Medical Center has chosen Dr. William Lunn as its new chief executive officer, the hospital said Wednesday.

Lunn has been chief operating officer of Christus Health-Northern Louisiana in Shreveport. He has 18 years of experience in leading academic medical centers and a major regional health system, in addition to private practice, the hospital said in a news release.

He will take over his new post Aug. 11.

“It is both an honor and privilege to work with the outstanding medical staff and dedicated leaders who make Tulane Medical Center an extraordinary health care and teaching facility and an undisputed community asset committed to providing every patient with the highest level of care in an environment where people, compassion and integrity are valued,” Lunn said.

Christus Health, which Lunn joined in 2009, is a $250 million regional nonprofit Catholic health care system consisting of three acute care hospitals with a total of 350 beds, an inpatient hospice, a long-term acute care hospital within a hospital and two wellness centers.

Lunn guided Christus Health’s growth in key service lines, including oncology, cardiology and women’s services.

Before that, he spent five years at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he was assistant dean of clinical affairs and director of interventional pulmonology as a clinician and educator. He helped start a 40,000-square-foot medical office building on the new McNair campus in the Texas Medical Center.

Lunn, who earned a political science degree from Tulane before getting his medical degree at the University of Texas-Southwestern, was in private practice from 1996 to 2003 at Pulmonary Specialists in Tyler, Texas, a specialty physician group that provided pulmonary and critical care services to two hospitals.

He performed an internship in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, a residency in internal medicine at Emory University, a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Vanderbilt University and an interventional pulmonary fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He also received a certificate in medical and health care management from the Jones School of Business at Rice University.

“On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Tulane University Hospital & Clinic, we welcome Dr. William Lunn. William is a respected, dynamic and exemplary leader with extensive knowledge of designing and implementing strategic and innovative health care initiatives,” said M.L. Lagarde III, president of HCA’s MidAmerica Division.