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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Yale-New Haven names new medical staff board president



NEW HAVEN - Dr. Leo Cooney Jr., of New Haven, has been named president of the Yale-New Haven Hospital medical staff board, the governing body for YNHH's medical staff, which is made up of about 3,400 community and university physicians practicing in 100 specialties.

The medical board sponsors about 20 committees to evaluate and improve professional activities of the medical staff and the quality of healthcare at YNHH.

Cooney, shown at right, is the Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and chief of geriatric medicine at YSM and YNHH. He is the director of utilization review at YNHH, medical director of the hospital's acute care for the elderly unit, medical director at Yale-New Haven's geriatric services practice and an attending physician at the hospital's Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center.

A native of Providence, RI, Cooney earned his B.A. from Holy Cross College in Worcester, and his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Boston University Medical Center and Boston City Hospital, serving as chief resident. He is past president of the American Geriatrics Society.

Cooney and his wife, Kathleen, live in Westville and are the parents of two grown children, Josh and Tim.

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