St. George’s University said Sussman, also associate chief medical officer for CVS, will lead all of the institution’s executive functions, focusing in particular on expanding educational opportunities, programs, and support for students; building clinical partnerships with hospital systems; and extending the university’s reach internationally. G. Richard Olds will continue in his role as president and report to Sussman.
“For 40 years, St. George’s University has transformed promising students into outstanding doctors committed to addressing the health care needs of people all over the world, especially those in underserved communities,” Sussman said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the entire St. George’s University team to continue to fulfill this important and inspiring mission.”
Sussman, a board-certified internist and primary care physician, brings an extensive background at top U.S. hospitals, universities and health care companies.
As executive VP of clinical services at CVS, Sussman was charged with oversight of several businesses: MinuteClinic, the company’s retail clinic operation; Coram, its specialty infusion and enteral nutrition unit; and Omnicare, its long-term care pharmacy business. Previously, he served as president of MinuteClinic. He joined CVS in 2009 as president and chief operating officer of MinuteClinic.
Under his leadership, MinuteClinic grew to more than 1,100 locations and established collaborative affiliations with more than 75 major hospital systems across the United States.
Before joining CVS, Sussman was executive vice president and COO at UMass Memorial Medical Center, the major teaching affiliate of UMass Medical School, where he is an associate professor of medicine at UMass Medical School. And prior to that, he served as chief medical officer of the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, which consists of 800 teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
He began his academic career at Harvard Medical School, first as an instructor and then as an assistant professor of medicine. Sussman is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School and Boston University Questrom School of Business.
“We are thrilled to have Andy join St. George’s University as CEO,” stated Charles Modica, founder and chancellor of the St. George’s University, which offers programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science, social science, information technology and business. “His record of leadership and achievement in health care is remarkable, and I know that he’ll position the university for sustained excellence over our next 40 years.”