Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, UHS
Dr. Mark Friedlander is the Chief Medical Officer in the Behavioral Health Division of Universal Health Services (UHS). A board-certified and practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Friedlander’s perspective in setting the medical strategy of UHS’ behavioral health facilities includes thought leadership, oversight of medical staff across the network, and utilization management. In his role, Dr. Friedlander provides clinical leadership through coordinating the sharing of best practices to improve processes of care and reduce errors; provides a mechanism to harness the talent of the physician workforce, increase their engagement, and provide a sense of purpose beyond daily patient care; reduce risk related to compliance, patient safety, and variability; strengthen the relationship between UHS, professional associations, academic institutions, and local healthcare ecosystems; and participates in teaching, research and publication. Dr. Friedlander interacts directly with our hospital Medical Directors. Dr. Friedlander oversees subgroups of our psychiatrists to address specific topics such as suicide prevention, development of protocols and service lines such as withdrawal management, the EMR, recruitment, and academic partnerships and training. These services provide leadership to our local hospitals and continue to stress the focus on UHS’s commitment to quality and safety.