Dr. Christopher Newman joined the staff of Penn State Health St Joseph as the Associate Chief Medical Officer and Physician Advisor for the Health Network as well as the Chief Medical Officer for St. Joseph Medical Group in July 2015. In 2016 he was promoted to the position of Chief Medical Officer for Penn State Health St Joseph Health Network as well as the Executive Director of St. Joseph Medical Group. Dr. Newman graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1998 and subsequently completed his residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C. He received his MBA from The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in 2016 graduating first in his class. In addition he was awarded the Darden MBA for Executives Faculty award, which is presented to the student who had the most impact “contributing to the learning experience of his faculty and classmates.”
During his tenure at Penn State Health St Joseph, Dr. Newman has overseen significant growth in physician enterprise, including the addition of four primary care ambulatory centers as well as the acquisition of Commonwealth Primary Care, a large, well-established practice in Berks County. Under the first year of his tenure, the medical group saw double digit growth in both productivity and revenue while simultaneously controlling expenses. Under his guidance, both the medical group, as well as the acute care hospital have seen significant improvements in both quality metrics as well as patient satisfaction scores. He recently launched an initiative to improve patient flow and throughput in both the emergency department and perioperative services and is currently overseeing the ACGME accreditation of Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Family Practice Residency.
Dr. Newman enjoys teaching and has spoken at conferences on a range of topics that includes operational improvement, culture change management, entrepreneurism and business development.