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Sheppard Pratt Health System names new leader

Dr. Harsh K. Trivedi will take over as CEO of Sheppard Pratt Health System on July 1.

Sheppard Pratt Health System said Monday that Harsh K. Trivedi will become its new president and CEO, replacing Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein, who previously announced he would retire after three decades with the organization.

Trivedi is currently CEO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and will start at Sheppard Pratt on July 1. Sharfstein will become president emeritus and a clinical psychiatrist.

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"Harsh is respected in the field both for his work in behavioral health as a psychiatrist associated with Harvard, Brown and Vanderbilt universities, and as an administrator," Sharfstein said in a statement. "He is absolutely the right person for the job, and we're excited to see him bring new energy and vision to the health system."

Sheppard Pratt has grown from a single psychiatric hospital in Towson to a system with 38 locations in Maryland. It offers inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services and special education. The system also conducts research through affiliated programs.

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A search committee was formed last year to find Sharfstein's replacement, and J. Frederick Motz, chairman of the system's board, said the institution wanted someone who was "a passionate clinician and relentless, forward-thinking advocate" but also had the business acumen needed to lead the system.

Trivedi went to medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and earned an MBA at Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee.

Trivedi plans to move to Maryland with his wife and two young children.

"Sheppard Pratt Health System is a pre-eminent provider of mental health services nationally," he said in a statement. "I am deeply honored to lead this venerable mission-oriented institution to serve our patients and our community."

meredith.cohn@baltsun.com


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