Vermont Business Magazine The UVM Medical Center is pleased to announce that Isabelle Desjardins, MD, has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the University of Vermont Medical Center, effective October 1. Dr Desjardins is an attending psychiatrist and associate professor of Psychiatry at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine. Desjardins has held clinical leadership roles at the Medical Center since she arrived in Burlington in 2003. She most recently served as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry, executive medical director of the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin, and as medical director of Inpatient Psychiatry at the UVM Medical Center.
“Dr. Desjardins has a clear passion for improving quality, safety and the patient and family experience, and she is committed to supporting the success both of individuals and the institution,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer of the UVM Medical Center. “She also has significant experience in navigating tough leadership challenges and dealing with regulatory agencies.”
A native of Quebec, Desjardins earned her medical degree at the University of Montreal and completed her psychiatry residency training and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research has focused on identifying predictors of near-term suicide and developing risk models to help non-psychiatrists identify patients at risk of suicide.
“In my 14 years with the UVM Medical Center, I have come to know the sense of collaboration, resilience and deep dedication of all of our staff,” said Dr. Desjardins. “I look forward to working with nursing, medical and administrative leadership to improve the quality of care and safety for our patients, so we can continue to have a lasting impact on the health of our community.”
As CMO, she will have responsibility for providing physician executive leadership, direction and administration of medical management, including the integration, coordination and improvement of clinical care and patient safety for the UVM Medical Center. The CMO plays an essential leadership role in guiding the development and implementation of medical policies, practices and clinical programs at the medical center and, in collaboration with our partner organizations, throughout the Network.
She takes over from from Stephen Leffler, M.D., who took the position of chief population health and quality officer at the hospital last April.
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. Our partners are:
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Medical Group
- The University of Vermont Health Network - Alice Hyde Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
- The University of Vermont health Network - Porter Medical Center