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Chief Executive Officer
Bobbi Daniels, M.D.
Bobbi Daniels, M.D. and CEO has a deep personal commitment to the UMPhysicians’ mission of delivering outstanding medical specialty care in an environment that supports the development of medical breakthroughs and the education of the next generation of physicians.
Building upon the solid foundation of UMPhysicians’ first 10 years, Dr. Daniels provides strategic direction and management to this vibrant and growing organization. She works closely with our partners at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Fairview Health System to extend the benefits of academic medicine throughout the region.
Dr. Daniels served as UMPhysicians’ Chief Medical Officer from 2003 until her appointment as CEO in 2009. As CMO, she was responsible for the clinical care delivered by more than 700 physicians within the integrated group practice for the University of Minnesota Medical School full-time faculty. Dr. Daniels also directed the operation of UMPhysicians-owned and managed ambulatory clinics, with more than 500,000 visits per year and approximately 1,100 employees. She has served on the UMPhysicians Board of Directors since 1996, participates on many committees of the Board, and was the Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee.
In cooperation with other leadership, Dr. Daniels has guided many positive changes in clinical care delivery, improved relationships with referring physicians, increased faculty leadership and involvement in clinical initiatives, and collaborated with payors to establish goals, resolve issues and secure funding for novel initiatives.
Dr. Daniels came to the University of Minnesota in 1981 as an intern in the Department of Medicine. After completing an internal medicine residency and a nephrology fellowship, Dr. Daniels joined the faculty of the Medical School, where she is currently a professor of medicine and past vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Daniels’ research expertise has been recognized by an American Heart Association Established Investigatorship as well as funding from the National Institutes of Health. She is also an educator of medical students, residents and fellows, and serves on the Board of Regents of Gonzaga University.
Recently, Daniels was among the honorees of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s annual Women in Business Awards, named one of the publication’s 25 Industry Leaders who are at the forefront of their industries.
A native of Idaho, Dr. Daniels received a B.S. in Chemistry from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and an M.D. from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She and her husband, David Laxson, M.D., have two children.
Chief Operating Officer
Mary Johnson, chief operating officer, has extensive experience
in health care leadership and operations, strategic business development and transforming patient-care delivery. As COO, Mary is responsible for clinical operations, business development, performance improvement, and referral management/community outreach. In addition, Mary oversees marketing, risk management and compliance. Prior to joining UMPhysicians, Mary oversaw the start-up and operations of TRIA Orthopaedic Center, where UMPhysicians and Park Nicollet are partners and providers of care, serving as the President and COO for the first seven years of operation. Prior to her position at TRIA, Mary was in the Saint Mary's Duluth Clinic Health System (now Essentia) in Duluth MN, where she progressed from being an administrator in clinic operations to Executive Vice President and COO. She spent the first 12 years of her career at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, where she advanced from being a staff nurse to Director of UWHC clinic operations. Mary holds a BS in Nursing and an MS in Nursing and Health Care Administration, both from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Senior Vice President, Clinical Quality
Barbara Gold, M.D.
Barbara Gold, MD, Senior Vice President of Clinical Quality, leads clinical quality improvement through her collaborative work with University of Minnesota Medical School department chairs, UMPhysicians program leaders, and medical directors, and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview leadership. Her role is key in the development of clinical systems, defining best practices, and executing the application of evidence-based medicine to achieve outstanding results. An anesthesiologist and the medical director for anesthesia at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, she is active in several state and national professional organizations, and she has served in many leadership and committee roles – including president of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia and chair of the Scientific Content Subcommittee for Ambulatory Anesthesia for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Chief Financial Officer
Ann brings significant experience and passion to the role of Chief Financial Officer. With a vision for enabling successful clinical operations and program growth and maintaining a solid financial base, she partners with the senior management team and the Board to achieve the organization's strategic goals. Her operational priorities include providing consistently excellent service from her functional units. In addition, she partners with John Doherty, UMMC vice president, Finance and COO, for planning and budgeting in the integrated structure.
Ann also provides dynamic analysis and decision-making support for the integrated structure co-presidents and operational leaders. She will lead work to implement simpler, faster methods for contracting and leverage UMPhysicians assets for Epic optimization, coding, business intelligence and credentialing to benefit the entire organization.
Chief Medical Officer
Levi Downs, MD
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Downs works together with Laura Reed, MSN serving as physician-administrative clinical dyad partners for the clinical practice at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and UMPhysicians. Together they are responsible for care model development and integration, including service and outcomes, for all clinical care delivery across inpatient and outpatient settings.
Levi Downs is a gynecologic oncologist who has served the University of Minnesota and UMPhysicians as a respected clinician and researcher in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health since 1998. Dr. Downs’ research interests include HPV induced carcinogenesis, molecular therapeutics for cervical cancer and gynecologic oncology clinical trials.
Dr. Downs received his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed an obstetrics and gynecology internship and residency at the Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He completed a gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Minnesota.
He has served as the director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, the clinical care co-director of the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health and the co-leader of the Masonic Cancer Center’s Women’s Cancer Research Program. Dr. Downs has served on the UMPhysicians Board of Directors as well as numerous UMPhysicians, UMMC and AHC committees and task forces.