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Dr. Rodney Buzzas Named Chief Medical Officer For Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Siena Campus

Experienced physician and administrator will also serve as CMO for Rose de Lima Campus

LAS VEGAS, May 26, 2020 – Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, southern Nevada’s only faith-based not-for-profit hospital system, recently named G. Rodney Buzzas, MD, as Chief Medical Officer for the Siena Campus.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Buzzas will oversee the delivery of care at the acute care hospitals and provide oversight of the medical staff functions. He will also lead hospital patient care efforts, including quality, patient safety, patient satisfaction, risk services and physician leadership development.

Lawrence Barnard, President & CEO of the Siena Campus and Dignity Health Nevada Market President said, “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Buzzas as our new Chief Medical Officer. Drawing on his experience as a doctor, surgeon, and administrator will make him a great addition to our team. He joins us at a singular moment in our collective history. I am confident in his abilities and look forward to his leadership becoming a tremendous addition to Siena’s healing mission.”

An active, licensed, and board certified general surgeon, Dr. Buzzas received his medical degree from Creighton University in Nebraska. He earned a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from Creighton and a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety Management from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Buzzas comes to Nevada after serving as CMO for Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista, Arizona, for almost two years. A longtime Oregon-based physician, Dr. Buzzas previously served as an executive in the St. Charles Health System, where he directed medical staff affairs, implemented standardized approaches to the clinical environment, and ensured compliance with regulatory guidelines for clinical medicine.

Dr. Buzzas said, “I am very excited to be joining the Siena and Rose de Lima teams and honored to be part of the long history and the tradition of compassionate care associated with the St. Rose Dominican hospitals. Likewise I’m delighted to be living here in southern Nevada. I learn more about the area every day and look forward to meeting more of my colleagues and neighbors. With them, I hope to continue to build on Siena’s 20-year reputation as one of the foundational elements of this community.”

The 326-bed Siena Campus is the largest of Dignity Health’s three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada. Opened in 2000, Siena is a Level III Trauma Center with a 47-bay Emergency Department, Pediatric Emergency Room, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The Rose de Lima Campus in Henderson is the system’s original Nevada hospital, founded in 1947 by a group of Adrian Dominican Sisters. The Rose de Lima Campus has provided compassionate care for the community for more than seven decades, now providing 24-hour Emergency Department, diagnostic imaging, and in-patient care.

Dr. Buzzas’ office is located in the Siena Campus Administrative Suite. He assumed his duties effective May 18, 2020.


About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican
As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at



Publish date: 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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