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Release Date: 09/17/2015

Raymond O. Powrie, MD, FRCP(C), FACP, of Brookline, MA, has been named chief of medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, and will also be taking on a new role as the hospital’s senior vice president for population health. Dr. Powrie is also chief medical quality officer for Care New England, is an attending physician on Women & Infants’ obstetric and consultative medicine service, and is a professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Powrie has served as interim chief of medicine since 2012, overseeing the clinical and academic work of the Department of Medicine, which includes women’s gastrointestinal health, and obstetric and consultative medicine. Under his leadership, the Department of Medicine experienced tremendous growth, including the recruiting of world-class physicians and providers, the introduction of New England’s only Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy in coordination with the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the development of an Obesity in Pregnancy Program.

“Dr. Powrie’s leadership in the Department of Medicine has been outstanding, and we are delighted that our national search found the best candidate right here,” said Mark R. Marcantano, president and chief operating officer, Women & Infants Hospital. “In his new role as senior vice president of population health, Dr. Powrie will be looking across the programs and service lines at Women & Infants Hospital to ensure that we are providing the right services, at the right time, in the right place to improve the health of our population – i.e. the women and newborns of our region. As health care is changing and we move more toward quality-based health care focused on the triple aim – improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of the population, and reducing the cost of health care – having someone with Ray’s knowledge and experience leading our efforts is crucial.”

Dr. Powrie earned his medical degree from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine in Edmonton, Canada, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. He completed his fellowship in obstetric and consultative medicine at Women & Infants Hospital. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Powrie is also an instructor for the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as a founding leader of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine.

Dr. Powrie has published numerous articles and a textbook, has been the recipient of local and national teaching awards, and has an international reputation as a leader in the field of medical illness in pregnancy. His research and clinical interests include education, quality and safety, medical problems in pregnancy, and perioperative consultation.

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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