Dr. Richard McCarthy Selected as New Associate Executive Director for Mid-Atlantic States


We are excited to announce that Richard McCarthy, MD, has been selected for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) associate executive director position with oversight for the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (MAPMG), as Dr. Bernadette Loftus prepares to retire at the end of this year. Over the next few months, Dr. McCarthy will be working with Dr. Richard Isaacs, MAPMG President and CEO; and Dr. Loftus to ensure a smooth transition of leadership in the beginning of 2019.

Dr. McCarthy was raised in Connecticut and received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Virginia. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University, and completed his neurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, followed by a neuromuscular subspecialty fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

He joined TPMG as a neurologist at the Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center in 1997 and was appointed Chief of Neurology in 2000. He went on to serve as the Chief of Quality as well as Assistant Physician in Chief of Access.

In 2009, Dr. McCarthy was appointed as the first Physician in Chief (PIC) of the MAPMG DCSM Service Area where he built an exceptional leadership team, implemented innovations in clinical care, and established new regional clinical service lines in one of the fastest growing KP service areas in the country. While serving as PIC for DCSM, Dr. McCarthy developed strong relationships with external hospital partners to create integrated Permanente inpatient care within the five core DCSM hospitals. He and his team opened and expanded three multispecialty hubs (Capitol Hill Medical Center, Gaithersburg, and Largo) and developed the first 24/7 Clinical Decision Unit. Under his leadership, DCSM experienced an impressive 41% growth and hired and onboarded over 200 new physicians. In addition, Dr. McCarthy and his team developed numerous new regional Mid Atlantic subspecialty programs.

Recognized as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors” and The Washington Post Magazine’s “Super Doctors,” he has also received the Physician Hero Award, the Zaritsky Award for Excellence in Clinical Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and the McAlpin Award for Excellence in Clinical Research at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

We are confident that MAPMG is perfectly positioned to continue to be the best medical group in the Mid-Atlantic. With Dr. Issacs as MAPMG’s CEO and president, and Dr. McCarthy as the associate executive director overseeing MAPMG, our patients and members will receive exceptional care.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Loftus for her leadership, partnership, and dedication to serving our members. Thank you to Dr. Loftus, and congratulations to Dr. McCarthy on his exceptional contributions and this selection.

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