Long Island native Dr. L. Reuven Pasternak has been named 's new chief executive officer, and will additionally assume a newly created role, the Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook announced Wednesday.
Pasternak replaces interim CEO Fred Sganga, who took over when Dr. Steven L. Strongwater and will begin his post Sept. 1.
Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, dean of SBU's School of Medicine and chair of the search committee, called Pasternak an "academic at heart" whose record is "simply outstanding."
"Every one of his academic and management experiences to date prepared him extremely well for the challenges and opportunities here at Stony Brook University," he said in a statement.
Pasternak served four years as chief executive officer of the Inova Fairfax Hospital campus and executive vice president of academic affairs, overseeing Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia.
A native of Hempstead, Pasternak's responsibilities as vice president for health systems will include "developing a Long Island-wide network of facilities that deliver world-class academic healthcare to the citizens of New York," Kaushansky said.
Pasternak said in a statement that the culture of the Stony Brook community already felt like "home."
"As we continue through a time of dramatic change in all aspects of medical care and systems, I look forward to working with colleagues to expand Sony Brook Medicine’s leadership on a regional, national and international basis," he said.