The Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJ Barnabas Health facility, has announced the appointment of Ijeoma Akunyili, as the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO).
This development was announced in a statement released on the official website of the Medical Center on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.
Dr. Ijeoma Akunyili is the first African American medical professional to serve in that role, given her expertise and experience.
In his comment, the MD, Executive Vice President/Chief Medical and Quality Officer at WJBarnabas, Dr. Andy Anderson said that her experience managing multi-specialty physician groups in integrated healthcare systems will help support Jersey City Medical Center in providing comprehensive health care throughout the community,”
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Center, Michael Prilutsky, also added that “She has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and as our Chief Medical Officer, we look forward to creating a world-class experience for every patient at Jersey City Medical Center. I am confident that Hudson County will benefit in a great way from her leadership, and that her presence will have a tremendous impact.”
In her remarks: “am grateful for this opportunity, and I look forward to serving the residents of Hudson County and continuing to provide safe, innovative, efficient, and equitable care”.
“It is a true privilege to lead the clinical effort at Jersey City Medical Center and to create sustainable health outcomes for our community,” Akunyili said.
Dr. Akunyili graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also completed her emergency medicine residency at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. She earned an MPA in International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.