Medical College names chief operating officer

The Medical College of Wisconsin has named Wesley Benbow chief operating officer and senior vice president for finance and administration. His position is effective June 1.

Benbow will serve as the principal administrative officer of MCW and a member of the institution’s senior leadership team.  He will be responsible for MCW’s financial functions as well as the planning, organizing, evaluating and monitoring of all administrative and facilities functions.  

Benbow currently is an independent consultant in Westwood, Mass., where he partners with research-intensive medical schools and other academic medical centers in the evaluation of their operating models.  From 2010-14, Benbow served in several leadership roles at Harvard Medical School.  

In addition to his work at Harvard Medical School, Benbow has more than 17 years of experience focused largely on the provider side of health care.  He served as vice president of finance and facilities and director of finance for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, where he helped to develop and implement strategies to create balance between the clinical and research missions and ensure stewardship and deployment of the institution’s resources. Benbow was also a leader in the health care practice of a Boston-based accounting and consulting firm.  Additionally, he held finance positions in New England-based hospitals during the 1990s.

Benbow earned an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., in 1992.  In 1996, he received a master’s degree in business administration from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.  

In other Medical College news, Dr. Joseph Kerschner, executive vice president of the MCW and dean of the MCW school of medicine, was named chair-elect of the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Council of Deans at the council’s annual meeting in March.

The COD’s purpose is continuing improvement of the nation’s medical schools by working to identify issues affecting academic medicine and developing strategies to achieve the various medical school missions.

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