UCSF Radiology Introduces Chris Laubenthal, MBA as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging would like to announce the appointment of Christopher Laubenthal, MBA, as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, effective July 15, 2019. The department welcomes Laubenthal to UCSF from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he served as clinical department administrator for the Department of Internal Medicine.

"Chris' deeply rooted commitment to the tripartite missions of academic medicine was evident from the very beginning of the search process and reflective of his prior experience and achievements through 25-years of administrative leadership in academic medicine," says Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, chair of UCSF Radiology.

During his most recent six years at the University of Iowa, Laubenthal served as the key strategic partner to the incoming chair of Internal Medicine. He designed and implemented a new departmental faculty compensation plan that reinforced clinical incentives and aligned Department and Division financial targets and faculty mission-based activities. While at Iowa, Laubenthal also developed a new divisional budgeting system and dashboard reporting for divisional decision-making.

Laubenthal grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, where he completed his BA and MBA at the University of Iowa and started his early career in academic medical practice management. Previously president-elect for the Association of Administrators in Academic Radiology (AAARAD), he was most recently nominated to serve as president-elect of the Administrators of Internal Medicine (AIM). "His leadership in these national organizations of academic administrative managers illustrates the high level of respect that his peers carry for him in both Radiology and in Internal Medicine," says Dr. Hess.

UCSF Radiology would like to thank Mary Bobel, MBA, for her support and leadership over the past three and a half years that she served as CAO for the department. She will remain at UCSF as the administrative lead for the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.