Medical Center Board of Directors

Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S

Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S., has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs for Penn State University and Dean of its College of Medicine since April 2006. Prior to his appointment to Penn State, he served as Dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group, the largest multispecialty group practice in New Jersey, for eleven years, where he was professor of medicine. 

During his tenure at Penn State, Dr. Paz has initiated the formation of the Penn State Hershey Health System, which includes four hospitals, 63 ambulatory care practices, and seventeen affiliated hospitals. He has spearheaded the creation of the Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, and the over 900 clinician Penn State Hershey Medical Group, and has overseen a major 1.5 million square foot expansion of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus that includes six new patient care, research and education buildings, including the new Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. In addition, over the past four years a new regional medical campus has been created in State College, Pennsylvania, serving an academic and clinical mission at Penn State's University Park campus.  Supporting this expansion has been a major capital campaign that has raised over $256 million during the past five years in addition to state and federal funding. The Medical Center and College have benefited from significant increases in NIH funding including a Clinical Translational Science Award.

Dr. Paz received a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from the University of Rochester, a master of science in life science engineering from Tufts University, and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University, where he served as chief medical resident and instructor in clinical medicine. He was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School, where he was a Eudowood Fellow. In addition, he was a post-doctoral fellow in environmental health science at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. A Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Dr. Paz practices pulmonary medicine with a special interest in patients with sarcoidosis. His research looks at critical care clinical outcomes, health system organization, and health care effectiveness. A pioneer in the field of quality management, Dr. Paz was among the first to study clinical outcomes in the intensive care unit. From this early work he recognized the need to formally train physicians in quality and in 1993 he started the first fellowship of its kind in quality management.

Dr. Paz is chair of the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers and a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the University Health System Consortium board of directors. He is chair of the AAMC Council of Deans administrative board and has served on the AAMC executive council. A former trustee of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, he has served on corporate and scientific advisory boards in the biotechnology field. Dr. Paz is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sir William Osler Humanitarian Award from the American Lung Association of New Jersey, the Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University and the Honorary Alumni Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. A member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians.