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Hoda Asmar, M.D., to join Adventist Health as SVP, chief clinical officer


Adventist Health announced today that Hoda Asmar, M.D., will join the organization as senior vice president and chief clinical officer (CCO). As the organization’s senior physician leader, Dr. Asmar will be responsible for advancing the Adventist Health clinical strategy and spearheading initiatives aimed at maximizing the efficiency of clinical operations, improving patient services and quality and safety outcomes. Her role will span medical and clinical staff alignment, engagement, strategy, finance and operations, and she will assume her role on June 15.

Dr. Asmar’s broad healthcare expertise and extensive experience in transformational initiatives were among the attributes cited by the organization’s leadership in their endorsement of her for this position. 

“Dr. Asmar is an excellent fit with our mission,” says Dr. Adalberto Renteria, Adventist Health’s Central California Region Chief Medical Officer (CMO). “I look forward to working with her on clinician leadership development. She has excellent knowledge of the strategy and implementation of quality health services to our core patients.” 

Added Dr. Arby Nahapetian, Adventist Health’s Southern California Region CMO: “I was very impressed with her impacts on excellence in care delivery and care variation reduction at the institutions where she has served. I look forward to engaging the CCO in scaling excellence across our regions and ministries.” 

Dr. Asmar joins Adventist Health from Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was most recently the corporate CMO for system clinical improvement. Previously, she held CMO roles at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Edward Health Services Corporation in Naperville, Illinois and St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Medical Center in Clinton Township, Michigan. Dr. Asmar earned her M.D. at the St. Joseph University Medical School in Beirut, Lebanon and holds an MBA in integrative management from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious disease and is a certified physician executive.

“It is an honor and a privilege to join the team at Adventist Health,” says Dr. Asmar. “I am looking forward to working collaboratively across the organization to further our journey to care transformation and integration. My focus will be on listening to stakeholders, partnering with clinicians and executing on our clinical strategy goals."

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Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Visit for more information.