Message from Chris O’Connor

Dear DUCCS colleague,

I hope the New Year is starting off well for you. After 31 years, I have decided for positive reasons to leave Duke Cardiology for an exciting new opportunity in a senior leadership role at Inova Health System, an independent academic health system in the metro Washington DC area that is building a new medical school. I will oversee all cardiovascular services at six hospitals and cardiac issues for the Washington Redskins, bring in the academic component, and take part on the senior leadership team. I will still have a Duke appointment and, of course, my basketball tickets, as well as a home base in this area.

You have been a great friend and colleague and will remain so. I know this comes with disappointment to some as we have achieved much success over the past decade. I think this opportunity will afford me the skills to make even greater changes for Duke one day. Dr. Joe Rogers will be the interim chief.

Thank you for all you do for DUCCS! Now I will be a Northern Virginia DUCCS member!