Dr. Ram Raju more than 20 years ago transitioned his career as a trauma surgeon to the executive side of healthcare. Dr. Raju became CEO to the third largest public healthcare safety net in the City of Chicago this past October.

Raju, 61, previously served as executive vice president, chief medical officer, and chief operating officer for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.   During his tenure there, the system became the first in the state to post quality data on its website.  He also worked in various capacities from 2002-2006 at Coney Island Hospital in New York, most recently as COO.

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“This is our healthcare system, our home, our industry.  We have to make this better for ourselves and our patients,” said Dr. Raju, CEO, Cook County Health & Hospitals System.