David L. Longworth, MD Named CEO of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Burlington, MA (September 17, 2018) – Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC) today announced that David L. Longworth, MD has been named chief executive officer. Dr. Longworth has served as the interim CEO since April 2018 while also serving as Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the Department of Primary Care. His appointment follows a national search co-chaired by Howard Grant, JD, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lahey Health, and Ann Marie Connolly, Chair of the Lahey Clinic Foundation Board of Trustees. Search committee members included five board members, five senior physicians, and the hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer. 

“Dr. Longworth is a proven leader and has been respected for his integrity and commitment to our culture while leading the organization over the past five months,” said Ann Marie Connolly. “We are fortunate that he has chosen to lead Lahey Hospital & Medical Center during this critical time in our organization’s history and are confident that the success and clinical expertise that LHMC is known for will continue to grow under his leadership.” 

Dr. Longworth joined Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in July 2015 as the Chair of the Department of Primary Care and Chief Medical Officer of the Community Physician Network where he successfully led physician engagement and primary care recruitment efforts. Prior to joining Lahey, Dr. Longworth spent more than 30 years in leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic and Baystate Medical Center. He began his career at the Cleveland Clinic where he spent 16 years practicing medicine in the department of Infectious Diseases, serving as Department Chair for 10 of those years. In 2002, he was recruited to Baystate Medical Center as Chair of the Department of Medicine. In 2011, he returned to the Cleveland Clinic as Chair of the Medicine Institute, where he also led the value-based care and population health initiatives for the enterprise. 

“It is an honor to serve as the chief executive officer of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,” said David L. Longworth, MD. “The dedicated physicians, nurses and staff at LHMC excel at providing patients and families the high-quality of care they deserve. My role as CEO is to honor Frank Lahey’s vision of a patient-centered, multidisciplinary practice that serves patients in our community, helps train the next generation of physicians and advances medical knowledge through research and clinical innovation.” 

Dr. Longworth received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, his medical degree from Cornell University, and he completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, followed by fellowship training in infectious diseases at the combined Beth Israel–Brigham program. 

“David is a spectacular leader and a dedicated and caring physician,” said Howard Grant, JD, MD. “I am confident that he is the perfect person to lead LHMC.” 

 About Lahey Health 
Lahey Health is an integrated health care system committed to providing the full continuum of health care services close to where patients live and work. The system is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning hospitals, physicians, behavioral health services, and post-acute programs including home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources. Lahey Health includes nearly 1,400 locally based physicians throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital; Winchester Hospital; Lahey Health Continuing Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services, more than 30 primary care physician practices, and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org