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Upstate University Hospital CEO McCabe to step down; Scott named interim CEO

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Dr. John McCabe, who has served as CEO of Upstate University Hospital since 2009, plans to step down from that role next Tuesday, Jan. 17.

McCabe will also resign from his posts as senior VP for clinical affairs and professor of emergency medicine, Upstate Medical University announced in a news release issued late Monday.

Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, president of Upstate Medical University, has named Steven Scott as the medical school’s interim CEO.


The school will conduct a national search for a permanent CEO, which will begin “immediately,” according to the release.

Laraque-Arena said she was “grateful” to McCabe for his many years of service to Upstate and the accomplishments he oversaw and guided at the institution.

They included the acquisition of Community General Hospital in 2011, the opening of the Golisano Children’s Hospital and East Tower expansion, and the construction and opening of the new 90,000-square-foot Upstate Cancer Center.

“Dr. McCabe has been an important part of Upstate for three decades. His contributions here and nationally are significant. I am grateful for his support during my first year as President. Upstate is proud of his accomplishments,” she said.

Dr. McCabe plans to continue to live in Central New York, and pursue other professional and personal interests, Upstate said.

Upstate’s news release says Scott has more than 30 years of experience in academic medicine, most recently as VP and CEO for Georgia Regents Medical Center, a 478-bed hospital center and a 154-bed Children’s Hospital.

Scott worked there from 2012 to 2015. Georgia Regents Medical Center is now known as Augusta University Medical Center, Upstate said.

“I am pleased to have Steven Scott’s leadership during this transition as Upstate Medical University seeks greater integration of our educational, research and clinical missions to strengthen our future,” Laraque-Arena said in the release. “His success and experience in academic medicine will serve the university, our patients and students well.”

Scott also served in administrative roles with Oregon Health and Science University; Wishard Health Services, (currently Eskenazi Health) in Indianapolis; University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center; Georgetown University Medical Center; Columbia University and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

He holds a master’s degree in health-care administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, Upstate said.

He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Executive Study Society.


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