New President and CEO of the Institute Announced

January 3, 2019

A Message from Jay Bhatt, D.O., American Hospital Association Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President

After an extensive national search, I am pleased to announce that the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity today named Duane Elliott Reynolds as its new president and CEO. Reynolds will lead the Institute’s efforts to reduce health care inequities, and advance diversity and inclusion across the health care field.


Most recently, Duane served as chief for diversity and inclusion and director of consulting, leading both internal efforts and the Health Equity and Inclusion practice at Optum/UnitedHealth Group by way of acquisition of the Advisory Board Company. His duties included designing access to care and service line strategy, developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives, and blazing new trails to elevate the significance of health equity as a pillar of quality. Under his leadership, the organization launched new practice areas focused on addressing health inequities, the social determinants of health and inclusion within health care payer and provider organizations. Prior to joining the Advisory Board, he had extensive experience as a health care administrator.


Duane holds a Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Indiana University. He is a 2018 Modern Healthcare Up and Comer’s Award recipient, recognizing him as a young executive who has made significant contributions in health care administration, management or policy.


Please watch for a welcome message from Duane in the coming days. He is anxious to begin connecting with Institute members around the important work you are undertaking.


Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Cynthia Washington for her leadership and contributions as interim president and CEO of the Institute. Cynthia has done an excellent job keeping the Institute focused on its vital responsibilities. Her energy and effort have helped secure a strong foundation from which the Institute can firmly continue to grow. We are incredibly grateful for her work.


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