Dr. Robert Harbaugh Appointed Chief Medical Officer at Hershey Medical Center

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Dr. Robert Harbaugh Appointed Chief Medical Officer at Hershey Medical Center

27 Mar, 2024

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has officially appointed Dr. Robert Harbaugh as the Chief Medical Officer, effective March 25. Dr. Harbaugh, who has been serving in an interim capacity since April 2023, will also continue his support for the outpatient practices affiliated with Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

In his role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Harbaugh will provide executive-level leadership for the physician teams at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, focusing on driving growth, collaboration, and efficiency in clinical services. His extensive knowledge of the Penn State Health system and the healthcare needs of the region has been instrumental in advancing clinical services over the past year.

Dr. Harbaugh’s notable career includes his appointment in 2003 as professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Penn State College of Medicine, making him the first graduate of the college to return as a department chair. His leadership extended to serving as director of Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences and as a professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State.

About Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, part of the Penn State Health system, is a leading academic medical center located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It serves as a key provider of highly specialized care in the region and is committed to offering a wide range of health services to the community. The medical center is also dedicated to medical education and research, hosting numerous residency and fellowship programs.

About Dr. Robert Harbaugh

Dr. Robert Harbaugh is a distinguished neurosurgeon and academic leader with a profound commitment to healthcare excellence. His academic journey began with a medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine, followed by a general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at Dartmouth-affiliated hospitals. Dr. Harbaugh’s leadership roles have significantly contributed to advancements in neurosurgery, stroke program development, and medical education. His accolades include being named a University Distinguished Professor, receiving the Cushing Medal, and holding numerous national leadership positions in the field of neurological surgery.



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