(Boston)- Rashed E. Durgham M.D. has been appointed Pediatrician-in-Chief and Chief Administrative Officer at Floating Hospital for Children. He begins immediately. Dr. Durgham’s appointment as Chair of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine is anticipated, pending required university approval.
Dr. Durgham has been a thoughtful leader and change agent since arriving at Floating Hospital, part of Tufts Medical Center, eight years ago. As a pediatric critical care specialist, he cared for the sickest children, working tirelessly to improve the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He started a pediatric critical care transport program and developed the institution’s ECMO program, allowing very ill children and adults access to this life-saving technology. Dr. Durgham was asked to take on the interim Pediatrician-in-Chief role in January of 2014.
“My passion has always been caring directly for children in need, but over the past few years I have been inspired by the full scope of unique and high quality services Floating Hospital offers patients,” said Dr. Durgham. “It is an honor to be asked to guide this remarkable health care institution into the future.”
“Since Rashed stepped into the interim role, some of our key service lines have strengthened and grown,” said Michael Wagner, M.D., President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children. “He has hired skilled physicians and developed solid relationship with pediatric leaders in the community. He is the right person for this job, in every way.”
Dr. Durgham received his medical degree at Aleppo University School of Medicine in Syria, performed his pediatric residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and his fellowship in pediatric pharmacology and critical care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Prior to coming to Tufts MC, he served as Director of the Pediatric Sedation Unit at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and as an attending in the Critical Care Division as well as on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University.