Executive Leader, Physician-Scientist, Educator, Artist
For the past three decades, Dr. Azziz has been a creative force in the fields of science, clinical medicine and art, and has served as transformational leader in the arenas of translational research, academic medicine, higher education, and healthcare.
Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA is a scientist-educator-executive with over 20 years of leadership experience, currently serving as Chief Officer of Academic Health and Hospital Affairs, State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration, the largest university system in the nation.
Dr. Azziz served as founding President of Georgia Regents University (GRU; now Augusta University), one of four comprehensive public research universities in Georgia. He also served as founding CEO and Board Chair of the Georgia Regents Health System (GRHS), the sole public academic health center for the state. During his tenure at GRU/GRHS Dr. Azziz managed a greater than $1.3 billion integrated and aligned enterprise with over 1,000 full-time faculty, 8500 students, and 10,000 employees. Dr. Azziz had also served as President of Georgia Health Sciences University (previously called the Medical College of Georgia). Dr. Azziz is an internationally recognized clinical translational scientist, developing over the past 25 years an important program in androgen excess disorders research, and is the Founder and Senior Executive Director, Androgen Excess & PCOS Society, Inc. Finally, Dr. Azziz is an accomplished visual artist, in the surrealistic thematic. He has served on the faculties of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Johns Hopkins University, and has held a number of administrative and leadership positions at these institutions.
Dr. Azziz is passionately focused on improving our global community through excellence in discovery, learning, creativity, and servant leadership.
How do we, as organizations, ensure that we develop new approaches to old problems…and more importantly, new strategies to overcome problems we have yet to face, or needs we have yet to identify? We leverage the diversity of our people of course.
But assembling a diverse group of individuals is only the first step…Maybe even the easier step. The rest of the journey involves inclusion…Because it is inclusivity that weaves the threads of diversity into the fabric of our organizations, strengthening the whole.