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Published on January 29, 2013

Dr. Chaudhary Named CMO of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital

Dr. Shahid Chaudhary has been named Chief Medical Officer for Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. In his new role, he will provide leadership for clinical quality initiatives, medical staff development and clinical services program development.

Dr. Chaudhary, a nephrologist with Avera Medical Group Nephrology Aberdeen, will continue to provide clinical services in nephrology/kidney dialysis and critical care, in addition to continuing with his other leadership roles within the Dialysis Unit, Intensive Care Unit and Avera Medical Group.

As CMO, Dr. Chaudhary will be responsible for developing and strengthening physician relationships throughout Avera St. Luke’s region, representing the physician perspective for the administrative team, and serving as a physician advocate to promote effective physician, hospital and system relationships.

Dr. John Fritz, who has been serving as Avera St. Luke’s CMO and vice president of Medical Affairs, plans to retire in early 2013 after 17½ years with Avera St. Luke’s. For now, he will be continuing in his role as medical director of Avera St. Luke’s Hospice program.