Harold L. Paz, MD, MS

Dr. Harold L. Paz is the first to serve in the position of executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at The Ohio State University.  A nationally renowned healthcare leader with a unique combination of expertise in both academic medical centers and a Fortune 50 company, Dr. Paz is a recognized visionary who advocates a comprehensive model to address health and wellness of individuals and communities in a rapidly evolving society.

Dr. Paz, who goes by Hal, comes to Ohio State from CVS Health/Aetna, where he was executive vice president and chief medical officer for five years.  At Aetna, he led clinical strategy and policy for all of its domestic and global businesses.  In addition to advancing an innovative personalized health strategy, he led Aetna’s enterprise-wide opioid initiative that tackled opioid abuse through a three-pronged program of prevention, intervention, and support.

From 2006 to 2014, Dr. Paz led the healthcare enterprise at Penn State University, where he served as CEO of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the College of Medicine and president/CEO of the Penn State Hershey Health System.  His vision for healthcare transformation there led to the formation of an integrated healthcare system of four hospitals, 64 ambulatory care practices, and 18 affiliated hospitals focused on population health across central Pennsylvania.

At Ohio State, Dr. Paz leads all seven health science colleges and the $4-billion Wexner Medical Center enterprise, which includes seven hospitals, a nationally ranked college of medicine, 20-plus research institutes, multiple ambulatory sites, an accountable care organization, and a health plan.

A comprehensive flagship university, Ohio State is at the forefront of defining the future and educating the next generation of healthcare professionals for a very different world.  Dr. Paz is future-focused and intent on addressing the healthcare needs of Ohioans in innovative, personalized, and integrated ways.  His passion for identifying nontraditional healthcare delivery methods – from digital applications to virtual visits supported by artificial intelligence and machine learning – will position Ohio State to lead the way in meeting our patients where they are through state-of-the-art digital solutions.

Dr. Paz earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology and his medical degree from the University of Rochester and a master’s in life science engineering from Tufts University.  He completed his internal medicine residency at Northwestern University and a postdoctoral fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine and environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Paz is married to Sharon Press, a clinical psychologist, and has two adult daughters.