Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health System
Associate Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego Health Sciences
Paul S. Viviano serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the UC San Diego Health System and Associate Vice Chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences.
UC San Diego Health System is the region’s only academic health system and employs more than 7,500 team members with an annual operating budget in excess of $1.5 billion; it includes 563 beds across two campuses. In his role as CEO, Mr. Viviano is responsible for ensuring that the tripartite mission of the Health System — to deliver outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching — is met each and every day.
The Health System’s strategic plan focuses on four main themes: clinical excellence, patient experience, performance management and growth. The organization’s clinical excellence is evident in its many accolades. In 2014, the Health System ranked first in San Diego and fifth in California in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” metro rankings. Eleven out of 16 medical specialties were ranked in the top 50 in the country. The Health System was also named one of “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review, given the “Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence” by Healthgrades, and consistently receives an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score™.
The Health System has entered an unprecedented period of growth, highlighted by the redevelopment of UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, the planned opening of Jacobs Medical Center in 2016 and a new Outpatient Pavilion in 2017. More than $1 billion in capital projects are under construction on the UC San Diego Health System — La Jolla Campus. Jacobs Medical Center is a 245-bed, 10-story, 509,500-square-foot facility that will include the Pauline and Stanley Foster Hospital for Cancer Care, the A. Vassiliadis Family Hospital for Advanced Surgery, a Hospital for Women and Infants, and the existing Thornton Hospital and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. This facility will support primary and specialty medicine at Moores Cancer Center and Shiley Eye Institute, and will catalyze “bench-to-bedside” discoveries. The Outpatient Pavilion will house multidisciplinary specialty services, including a Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center, the Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Spine Centers, the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center, ambulatory surgery, comprehensive outpatient diagnostic imaging, apheresis services and men’s urological health services.
Mr. Viviano’s vision is for the Health System to serve the entire San Diego region with comprehensive in and outpatient services through partnerships and the expansion of academic health services. Key partnerships with organizations such as the San Diego Chargers, U.S. Olympic Committee, Scripps Proton Therapy Center, Sharp HealthCare, Scripps Health, Kaiser Permanente, Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and Temecula Valley Hospital have also been formalized, as well as a clinical integration network comprised of both UC San Diego Health System faculty and community physicians.
The UC San Diego School of Medicine is ranked 14th in the country among research-intensive medical schools according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools, 2015 Edition.” In addition, the School of Medicine has the ninth highest National Institutes of Health (NIH) total funding, according to NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT).
Before joining UC San Diego Health System, Mr. Viviano was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Alliance HealthCare Services — the nation’s largest provider of advanced outpatient diagnostic imaging services and a national leader of radiation oncology services, serving more than 1,300 hospitals. Previously, Mr. Viviano served as the President and CEO of USC University Hospital and the USC/ Norris Cancer Center and Hospital, which is a National Institute of Health-designated comprehensive cancer center. Previously, Mr. Viviano was a member of the St. Joseph Health System based in Orange, CA where he served in various positions, including President and CEO of St. Jude Medical Center, President and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital, Regional President and CEO for the Southern California region and as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the System. St. Joseph Health System is comprised of 14 acute hospitals, six medical practice foundations, three home-health agencies and multiple ambulatory clinics. From 1985 to 1987, he was President and CEO of the 300-bed nonprofit acute care facility, Long Beach Community Hospital, and from 1980 to 1985, he served as CEO of Los Alamitos Medical Center.
Mr. Viviano, who is a Los Angeles native, earned his bachelor’s degrees from UC Santa Barbara and master’s degrees in public administration-public health from UCLA. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Loyola Marymount University, where he serves as chair of the governance committee, and a member of both the executive and finance committees. Mr. VIviano is also the former chairman of the National Association for Quality Imaging, and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Alliance HealthCare Services. He currently serves as Chair of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and member of the executive committee of the California Hospital Association Board. Outside of work, Mr. Viviano enjoys sailing, biking and spending time with his family.