Harold L. Paz named Aetna EVP, CMO
Mr. Paz will lead clinical strategy and policy at the intersection of all of Aetna’s domestic and global businesses. Before joining Aetna, Mr. Paz served as chief executive officer of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, senior vice president for Health Affairs for Penn State University, dean of its College of Medicine and professor of medicine and public health sciences for eight years.
Prior to his appointment to Penn State, he served as dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and chief executive officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group, the largest multispecialty group practice in New Jersey, and professor of medicine.
Mr. Paz received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Rochester, a master of science in life science engineering from Tufts University, and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University, where he served as chief medical resident and instructor in clinical medicine.
He was a Eudowood Fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In addition, he was a post-doctoral fellow in environmental health science at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He is chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers and a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the University Health System Consortium board of directors.
Mr. Paz is chair of the AAMC Council of Deans administrative board and has served on the AAMC executive council. A former trustee of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, he has served on corporate and scientific advisory boards in the biotechnology field.
He has authored more than 85 publications, including peer-reviewed research and quality articles, chapters, commentaries and abstracts. He also is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sir William Osler Humanitarian Award from the American Lung Association of New Jersey, the Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University, the Honorary Alumni Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an honorary degree from Elizabethtown College. ■