Dr. Gopalakrishnan named chief medical officer at Kent Hospital

PROVIDENCE – Dr. Paari Gopalakrishnan has been named chief medical officer at Kent Hospital and medical director for Integra Community Care Network, Care New England announced Monday.

Gopalakrishnan will begin on Nov. 26. He most recently served as the chief, division of hospitalist medicine at Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C.

“As the new chief medical officer at Kent Hospital, I am looking forward to returning to an institution that has already been an important part of my career in health care,” said Gopalakrishnan in a statement. “This new opportunity will afford me the chance to further guide Kent as it continues its journey towards excellence, while providing high-quality patient care to the community who looks to this hospital for their services.”

Gopalakrishnan has local ties to the area, as well. From 2009 to 2015, he served as the director of the inpatient medical group at Kent Hospital. He also served as associate director, division of hospitalist medicine at The Miriam Hospital earlier in his career.

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Gopalakrishnan received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, completed his internal medical residency at Brown University and received his MBA with honors from Bryant University.

“On behalf of CNE and Kent Hospital, we are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Gopalakrishnan back to Rhode Island and Kent Hospital,” said Dr. Raymond Powrie, Kent Hospital interim president. “He has a proven record of accomplishment and clinical success throughout his career to date and will certainly be a tremendous asset to the leadership team as we continue to focus on key initiatives of quality, patient safety and satisfaction. This is an exciting time for Kent as we not only welcome Dr. Gopalakrishnan later this year, but also new hospital president, Robert Haffey, next month. Re-establishing the foundations of Kent’s leadership has been our priority, and I believe we are now positioning the hospital well for many years to come.”

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. He can be reached at Bergenheim@PBN.com.