Stony Brook University Hospital has a brand new chief medical officer.

On Monday, the North Shore hospital announced its appointment of Brooklyn native Dr. Mark Sands to the new position. The hire is effective starting Nov. 1.

“I am privileged to be joining Stony Brook at this exciting time. I look forward to being a part of the ongoing journey as Stony Brook incorporates value-based and patient-centered care into its model of academic and clinical excellence,” said Sands.

Over the course of his career, Sands has worked as an enterprise associate chief quality officer for Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he was in charge of operations for 10 hospitals, 15 family health centers, and eight ambulatory surgery centers.

He also has experience in diagnostic radiology and served as the vice chairman of Clinical Operations and Quality of the Cleveland Clinic’s Enterprise.

Sands, who is moving to Port Jefferson, earned a bachelor’s degree and medical degrees from Northwestern University, and added a Masters of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University-Weatherhead School of Management. 

“We are excited to have Dr. Sands join our leadership team,” said Ernest J. Baptiste, CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital. “He brings a commitment to patient safety and quality that will greatly benefit Stony Brook University Hospital during a time of tremendous change in healthcare. Dr. Sands’ expertise in clinical systems improvement will be of considerable benefit as we continue to grow, improve our clinical outcomes and deliver on our commitment to providing quality care to the communities we serve.”

 Top: Courtesy photo of Mark Sands, Stony Brook University Hospital’s new chief medical officer.