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NYC Health + Hospitals Appoints Two New Chief Medical Officers

Dr. Laura Iavicoli is the new Chief Medical Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, and Dr. Dave A. Holson is the new Chief Medical Officer at NYC Health and Hospitals/Queens

Dec 13, 2023

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the appointment of two new Chief Medical Officers: Dr. Laura Iavicoli is the new Chief Medical Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, and Dr. Dave A. Holson is the new Chief Medical Officer at NYC Health and Hospitals/Queens. The new Chief Medical Officers will oversee quality improvement, risk management, patient safety, and medical department service line operations for their hospitals. Their appointments are effective as of December 1. They replace Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, who held various positions in the health system for more than 50 years.

Dr. Iavicoli has worked at Elmhurst Hospital since 2001, first as an attending physician, and later as a clinical leader in the Emergency Department, and most recently as the hospital’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer. In addition, Dr. Iavicoli previously served as NYC Health + Hospitals’ systemwide Assistant Vice President for Emergency Management, where she played a pivotal role in guiding New York’s public healthcare system through the COVID-19 pandemic. She skillfully used her background in disaster management to develop new and innovative procedures and treatment protocols in the city’s public hospitals. Dr Iavicoli is also a Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and has been responsible for training and teaching emergency medicine residents, internal medicine residents, and medical students in Emergency Medicine. She is also widely known for her compassion and dedication to patients and for working diligently to improve the way care is delivered in clinical settings.

Dr. Holson is a fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and his professional experience includes serving as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His experience includes significant contributions to clinical operations and change management, focusing on enhancing efficiency and resource utilization in healthcare delivery. His collaborative work with organizations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, NYC Health Department, and the Center for Disease Control underscores his commitment to improving healthcare systems. He completed his medical degree at the University of the West Indies at Mona, an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and an integrated residency in Emergency Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine program at Beth Israel Medical Center and Elmhurst Hospital Center. He received a master’s degree in Health Services Management from Columbia University.


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About NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, part of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system, is the major tertiary care provider in the borough of Queens. The 545-bed hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, an Emergency Heart Care Station, a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Receiving Center, a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Center of Excellence and a 911-Receiving Hospital. It is a premiere health care organization for several specialties, including surgery, cardiology, women’s health, pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, renal services, and mental health services. Last year, the hospital received close to 700,000 ambulatory care visits and over 130,000 emergency room visits. The hospital has been nationally-ranked by US News and World Report in key areas, including Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Stroke, Hip Fracture, Kidney Failure, Orthopedics, Pneumonia, and COPD. Stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ElmhurstHosp.

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
A member of NYC Health + Hospitals, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens is a major health care provider in the borough of Queens. Its foremost mission is to provide quality, comprehensive care to all members of the public regardless of their ability to pay. The year 2015 marked its 80th anniversary of serving the communities of central and southeastern Queens, having first opened its doors as Queens General Hospital in 1935. Encompassing 360,000 square feet, it comprises 253 licensed beds, spacious ambulatory care suites featuring both primary and specialty services, and cutting-edge equipment. It also houses four Centers of Excellence: Cancer Care, Diabetes Management, Women’s Health, and Behavioral Health. The hospital has recently added a fully expanded Emergency Room, a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence accredited by the American College of Radiology, and a Total Hip and Knee Replacement Center, with plans underway to build the Health System’s first Dialysis Center to train patients to perform their own at-home dialysis. To learn more about NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/queens/.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.