Hospital Physician Leadership Award ~ 2012
Dr. Glenn R. Irani, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Providence Tarzana Medical Center

Glenn Irani, MD assumed the role of chief medical officer of Providence Tarzana Medical Center in January 2009. He is the first to hold that role in the hospital’s 39-year history. Under his leadership, the hospital has seen improvements in quality measures, patient safety and clinical outcomes. In addition, he led the transition from paper to electronic medical records. Dr. Irani’s entree into the medical field began when he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut, and then worked for a year in The Laboratory of Applied Therapy at The Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences followed by a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After a year as chief resident there, he established a private pediatric practice with his wife, Kristine, and has been recognized as one of America’s Top Pediatricians by several organizations. The Iranis have two daughters.

Dr. Irani, a pediatrician in private practice for 21 years, has spent most of his career at the former Tarzana Regional Medical Center and was involved early on with Medical Executive Committee assignments to help steer the hospital’s initiatives and goals. He served for 10 years as chairman of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee and the medication management committee. He was chief of staff for four years, preceded by two years as secretary/treasurer and two more years as vice chief of staff. He also was a member of the Governing Board for six years, broadening his view of hospital functions.

Shortly after Providence Health & Services acquired the hospital in 2008, Dr. Irani was named its first CMO. His tenure with the hospital and his interest in administration were valuable assets as he helped the medical staff make the transition from a for-profit medical center to a Catholic not-for-profit “ministry” dedicated to serving all, especially the poor and vulnerable.

This not-for-profit setting was ideal for Dr. Irani to pursue his passion for palliative care. Shortly after he assumed his full-time position, he created a task force with the goal of creating a palliative care program. A physician and nurse were quickly identified as palliative care champions and within six weeks the first patient was seen and treated. Today, more than 600 inpatients per year are provided this compassionate form of care