The physicians of Scripps Green Hospital have elected Andrew King, MD, as their new chief of staff. Dr. King took over as head of the 568-member physician team on March 26.
As chief of staff for Scripps Green, Dr. King will serve as a medical staff liaison to the hospital’s administrative staff and Scripps Health’s board of trustees. During his two-year term, he will play a key role in driving continuous improvement in the delivery of health care services to the more than 10,000 patients who visit the hospital annually.
Dr. King is a Scripps Clinic Medical Group nephrologist who specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic kidney disease and hypertension. He succeeds the hospital’s outgoing chief of staff, Amy Day, MD.
“In addition to the exceptional medical care Dr. King delivers to patients, he also has played an important role in medical staff leadership and has participated in system-wide initiatives within Scripps Health that have made the organization a great place for physicians to practice medicine,” said Tim Collins, chief operating executive of Scripps Green. “We are delighted to welcome him as the new chief of staff, and I look forward to collaborating with Dr. King.”
Dr. King has been a member of the medical staff at Scripps Green for 18 years, and he became the head of the division of nephrology in 2003. Previously, he served as an associate professor of medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Among other leadership positions at Scripps, Dr. King has served as a member of the Scripps Clinic Medical Group board of directors and served as chairman for its strategic planning committee.
As chief of staff, Dr. King plans to focus on ongoing efforts at the hospital to ensure the highest level of patient care.
“My vision for the medical staff is to continue delivering high-quality medicine while maintaining the personal care and human touch that patients want and need,” he said.
Dr. King’s other areas of interest include disaster preparedness and professional growth. “I want to look for ways to increase diversity among our medical staff and enhance career development opportunities for young physicians,” he said.
Dr. King earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1979 from Northwestern University and a medical degree from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 1983. An internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern were followed by a fellowship in nephrology in 1990 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. King is board-certified in nephrology and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
He resides in Rancho Santa Fe with his wife, Dianne McKay, MD, who is a Scripps Clinic transplant nephrologist. He has three adult children. Dr. King enjoys singing in his free time and performs as a tenor with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus. He also spends time hiking and camping.
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