University of Iowa Health Care names Timothy Kan chief growth officer

Timothy Kan near inpatient reception desk
Timothy Y. Kan, MBA, MA is the first chief growth officer for UI Health Care

University of Iowa Health Care has named Timothy Y. Kan, MBA, MA, its first chief growth officer. In partnership with clinical department leaders, Kan will champion programs and services growth across UI Health Care with a focus on creating an integrated system of care that benefits all Iowans.

Kan will begin Dec. 2 and report to Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA, associate vice president of UI Health Care and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals & Clinics.

With more than 20 years’ experience in enterprise and service line strategy, organizational integration, and performance improvement, Kan most recently served as a director at Navigant Consulting, where he led their strategy practice in the firm’s west region. He holds a master of business administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a master of arts in medical sciences from the Boston University School of Medicine, and a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

“We are excited to have someone of Tim’s caliber and experience in this new position,” Gunasekaran says. “His experience working in academic medicine, in value-based care, and in developing effective partnerships will move us forward more quickly.”

“With its strong programs and engaged leadership, University of Iowa Health Care is uniquely positioned to continue to grow and innovate care delivery,” says Kan. “Plus, a move to Iowa will provide a welcome return to midwestern values, bring me closer to my extended family, and give me the opportunity to spend more time with my wife and two young children.”

Kan was selected after a national search chaired by Brad Haws, MBA, chief financial officer for UI Health Care, and Bruce Gantz, MD, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology. The search committee included five other physicians and an equal number of hospital administrators.

“With more Iowans than ever seeking care from UI Health Care, it is key for us to have an experienced leader to help identify and guide new programs and opportunities that will better serve our patients,” says Gunasekaran.