UVM Medical Center

Leffler, M.D., Named President/COO of UVM Medical Center

Leffler, M.D., Named President/COO of UVM Medical Center


For Immediate Release                                     
December 30, 2019                                          
Annie Mackin
(802) 847-2886

Leffler, M.D., Named President/COO of UVM Medical Center

BURLINGTON, VT – Today, The University of Vermont Medical Center named Stephen Leffler, M.D., as its next president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. A 26-year veteran of the organization who earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Vermont, Dr. Leffler has been serving as the academic medical center’s interim president and chief operating officer since the retirement of Eileen Whalen in June 2019.

A native of Leicester, Vt., Leffler will lead the Burlington-based anchor hospital in The University of Vermont Health Network. Dr. John Brumsted, who has been with the organization for over 30 years and formerly served as president of UVM Medical Center, now serves as CEO of the Network, which also includes Porter Medical Center (Middlebury), Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin) and Home Health and Hospice (Colchester) in Vermont, and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (Plattsburgh), Elizabethtown Community Hospital (Elizabethtown) and Alice Hyde Medical Center (Malone) across Lake Champlain in northern New York. 

“The search committee chose Dr. Leffler with great enthusiasm,” said Allie Stickney, chair of the UVM Medical Center Board of Trustees and chair of the search committee. “We believe Dr. Leffler is the right person with the right mix of skills, experience and personal qualities to lead UVM Medical Center at this point in our history. He has grown up at this organization, and brings a warmth and approachability to his leadership style that helps him connect with employees and build trust at a time when we greatly need that. He is grounded in our academic mission as a graduate of and professor at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, as a dedicated teacher and mentor of medical students, and a strong advocate for our newly established Emergency Medicine Residency program. In addition, as a longtime practicing physician who has held a variety of leadership positions at our academic medical center, his commitment to our patients and to high-quality, accessible care is without question, as is his understanding of the demands of leading this organization during a time of great change in health care both at the local and national level.” 

The search committee’s recommendation of Dr. Leffler to the UVM Medical Center Board and subsequently to the UVM Health Network Board was unanimously adopted. Those approvals were required per the bylaws of both the UVM Medical Center and UVM Health Network.

The search committee’s decision to recommend him for the position was informed by an internal network search process that included a series of in-depth interviews, as well as open forums with staff, following which employees were invited to provide feedback regarding Dr. Leffler’s candidacy. The feedback the committee received through this process helped establish Dr. Leffler as the right fit for the position, and influenced the decision not to pursue a national search.

“I feel honored and humbled as I take on this role,” said Dr. Leffler. “I am passionate about our people. I am passionate about our patients and our mission to provide high-quality care. And I am passionate about being a collaborative and accessible partner to our colleagues in the community. There is so much good here at this medical center. We have some issues to fix, but the good here is so powerful. This is a great place to work, and I want all of our staff to love working here. My plan is to be visible, to be accessible, to be transparent, and to listen. I have been given an amazing opportunity and privilege to lead the team here into 2020 and beyond. I am excited to get to work.” 

Dr. Leffler, 55, has had a varied and successful career at UVM Medical Center, holding numerous leadership positions over the last two decades, including Director of the Emergency Department (2006-2011), President of the Medical Staff (2010-2011), Chief Medical Officer (2011-2017) and Chief Population Health and Quality Officer of UVM Health Network (2017-2019). His experience also includes serving on numerous boards and committees, including serving as President of the Vermont Medical Society (2018-2019), serving on the Governor’s Task Force for Prescription Drug Monitoring (2008-present), and serving on the boards of Vermont Managed Care and OneCare Vermont.

Dr. Leffler received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at UVM in 1986, and his medical degree from UVM’s Larner College of Medicine in 1990. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1993 before returning to Vermont to raise his family and begin his professional career in the emergency department at UVM Medical Center. He is a tenured professor at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine and worked hard over many years to establish an Emergency Medicine residency program at UVM Medical Center, which opened in 2019. While serving as Chief Medical Officer, he completed a Master of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, graduating in 2016. He has spoken extensively across the country about population health and the social determinants of health, sharing his experience working with the Champlain Housing Trust and other community partners to use supportive housing as a means to promote better health among the most vulnerable in our community.

Dr. Leffler lives in Hinesburg, with his wife, Robyn, also a Vermont native. They have two grown children.

About the University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center  is a 447-bed tertiary care regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York.  Together with our partners at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. 

The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network, an integrated system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. The Network includes:

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