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Craig T. Albanese, MD, MBA

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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Duke University Health System
Craig T. Albanese, MD, MBA

Craig T. Albanese, MD, MBA, joined the Duke University Health System (DUHS) as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2022. He serves as the principal senior leader overseeing the health system, working with clinical enterprise leaders across Duke Health to deliver outstanding outcomes and patient experience across Duke’s network and the full continuum of care, from the hospital to ambulatory settings to care in homes and the community.

A respected surgeon scientist and clinical investigator, Albanese is also a seasoned health care administrator. He was most recently the Group Senior Vice President and system Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) enterprise. His more than 25 years of health care management experience includes serving as the former NYP Chief Integration Officer, overseeing the redesign of service line strategy at NYP to drive integration and single standards of care across 10 hospitals and two medical schools. He also served as the system’s Chief Quality Officer as well as the Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women.


Prior to NYP, he held senior leadership roles at Stanford University and Stanford Health Care, including Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement at Stanford Children’s Health and serving as the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Director of Pediatric Surgical Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. In the Stanford University School of Medicine, he was a Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Chief of the Division of Pediatric General Surgery.

Albanese received his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center. He holds an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles. He is also the lead author of Advanced Lean in Healthcare, a performance improvement book providing practical information about how “organizations can move from stabilizing discrete work processes to get to continuously improving and linking the entire system – all within an empathetic healing environment.” 

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