Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


Dec. 14, 2007

Duke health care executive named interim CEO at UI Hospitals and Clinics

Gordon D. Williams has been named interim chief executive officer of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, effective Dec. 31. UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean E. Robillard, M.D., to whom Williams will report, announced the appointment Dec. 13.

Williams currently serves as executive vice dean and chief operating officer and vice chancellor for operations at the Duke University School of Medicine and Health System.

"I am extremely pleased that Gordon Williams has agreed to serve in this capacity as we conduct a national search for a chief executive officer," Robillard said. "The breadth and depth of his experience in budgeting, administration, planning and leadership will provide stability and strength during this time of transition in hospital leadership."

His responsibilities at Duke include School of Medicine budget and finance, resource planning, and grants and contract administration. For the Duke Health System, including the medical center, he managed corporate services, such as human resources, engineering and operations, the Occupational Environmental Safety Office, procurement, Architect's Office, Medical Center Information Systems, and leased properties.

In making the announcement, Robillard said he had originally planned to hire Williams to fill a role of special advisor to the vice president for medical affairs.

"His background and experience was such a good match for the qualities we need in a person to temporarily fill the role of CEO for UI Hospitals and Clinics that I asked him to take on this responsibility, and he agreed to do so," Robillard said.

Robillard said Williams's appointment will end Dec. 31, 2008 or sooner, if the national search for a permanent leader of the hospital is completed earlier.

Gordon succeeds Ken Fisher, associate vice president for finance and chief financial officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, who filled that role with the departure of Donna Katen-Bahensky. Fisher will return to focusing on financial matters for the UI Health Care integrated enterprise.

A native of Iowa City, Williams graduated from the UI with a bachelor's degree in zoology and worked at the Veteran's Affair Iowa City Health Care System.

Before joining Duke he held leadership management positions at institutions that have also integrated their clinical, academic and research missions, including Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served in the U.S. Air Force and in the Iowa Army National Guard.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5143 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Steve Maravetz, 319-335-8033,