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Robert Pretzlaff MD Named Chief Medical Officer

Robert Pretzlaff, M.D. has been selected as Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican's chief medical officer, providing oversight of the medical staff functions at three hospitals.

Dr. Pretzlaff has served in many healthcare leadership roles, most recently as the Associate Director, UC Davis Health System faculty practice group, and as Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California. Prior to joining St. Rose, Dr. Pretzlaff was instrumental in developing a partnership with Dignity Health to create a Pediatric Hospitalist Program.

In addition to a master’s degree in business administration from California State University - Sacramento, Dr. Pretzlaff holds a MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in biology from Wayne State University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Michigan State University. Dr. Pretzlaff completed his pediatric residency at the University of Michigan and his pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC and at the National Institutes of Health.

“Dr. Pretzlaff is a very accomplished physician, teacher, leader, and mentor, and we at St. Rose feel he is the perfect fit for this position,” said Rod Davis, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada. “We are so pleased that he is onboard.”

Dr. Pretzlaff worked for many years at an academic medical center and most recently focused his research on medical decision making in the critical-care environment and communication between providers and patients.  Clinically, his interests include the use of extra corporeal life support and improving the quality and safety of patient care.  In recent years, Dr. Pretzlaff has taken on increasing leadership roles and earned his MBA. “My career has progressed in a way where I feel that physicians need to take an active role in improving the ways in which we deliver care, and becoming the CMO for St. Rose is a great way to do that,” said Dr. Pretzlaff.


About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses) and more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 21-state Dignity Health network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics.

Publish date: 

Monday, August 11, 2014

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