Spectrum Health West Michigan names VP of medical affairs

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Dr. Charles Gibson. Courtesy Spectrum Health West Michigan

A regional health system appointed a new vice president of medical affairs.

Spectrum Health West Michigan, a division of BHSH System, elected Dr. Charles Gibson to the position.

An Atlanta native, Gibson has been with Spectrum since 2016. He is an acute care surgeon and recent past chair of the Spectrum Health Grand Rapids department of surgery. 

He also served as medical director of surgical critical care and is part of the core faculty of the Spectrum Health General Surgery Residency Program and the Spectrum Health Surgical Critical Care Fellowship.

“Over the (past) six years, Dr. Gibson has demonstrated he is an excellent surgeon with a zeal for safe, accountable and high-quality care,” said Josh Kooistra, senior vice president and chief medical officer, hospital care, Spectrum Health West Michigan. “His work throughout the pandemic, specifically related to surgery deferrals, showed that he also is an astute and inspirational leader.” 

Gibson has been instrumental in ensuring the continuation of critical surgical services at Spectrum Health West Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also is a leader in health equity in medical practice, partnering with health system leaders to address health disparities and institutional racism.

“Strong physician leadership plays an integral role in the strength and accountability of any excellent health care system,” Gibson said. “I take great pride in both my clinical and administrative roles and am humbled by the opportunity to serve our system and community in this capacity. I look forward to tackling the current and future challenges that Spectrum Health faces.” 

Gibson earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency and surgical critical care fellowship through Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in affiliation with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

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