Dr. Whelan now has oversight of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South, dozens of clinics, the Banner – University Medical Group physician practice plan in Tucson and more than 6,000 Banner Health employees in Southern Arizona.
In a press release, Banner touts Whelan’s decades of experience in academic medicine, teaching physician residents and medical students. He was a professor of medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and has published multiple academic papers and serves on numerous national committees.
Dr. Whelan previously was president of Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) in Maywood, Ill., where he was responsible for the 550-bed hospital and 25 ambulatory clinic sites with 700 employed physicians and 4,500 employees.
Before being named president of LUMC, Dr. Whelan served as its senior vice president and chief medical officer. His background also includes leadership and clinical roles at Loyola University Health System and the University of Chicago Medicine.
In a press release Dr. Whelan said,
Banner’s dedication to living a patient-first approach really resonates with me. I started in the practice of medicine, so I have always shared the patient-first approach to hospital administration. When I was presented with the opportunity to lead Banner’s efforts in Tucson – in partnership with the University of Arizona – there was no hesitation, especially considering the University of Arizona partnership. This is an ideal match and I’m excited to get to work.