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Dr. Alan Kurose has 20 years of experience in primary care and medical practice management, according to a statement from Nuvance, which operates hospitals in Connecticut and New York, including those in Danbury and Norwalk.

“Dr. Kurose’s leadership will accelerate our digital health initiatives, patient and employee experiences, and quality outcomes,” said Christopher Lehrach, M.D., chief medical officer of Nuvance Health Medical Practice. “He brings significant business leadership skills to Nuvance Health and will be a key partner as we advance our growth and medical and specialty care strategy.”

He replaces Dr. Christopher Lehrach, the former president who is now chief medical officer, and former COO Matt Roy, who is now chief administrative and financial officer, according to Robyn Scarchilli, public and community affairs officer at Nuvance Health.

Kurose will also serve as interim chairman of primary care, the statement said.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he most recently served as senior vice president of primary care and population health at Lifespan, a Rhode Island-based health system, before joining Nuvance in April.

The Nuvance Health Medical Practice provides services, treatment and primary care within Nuvance Health, Scarchilli said.

“I am excited to be part of the Nuvance Health team and grateful for the warm welcome I have received,” Kurose said in the Nuvance statement. “The commitment to caring for patients and communities at every level of the organization is inspiring. This is a growing and dynamic system that is driving excellence in patient care, teaching and research. There is also a healthy appetite for innovation to sustainably deliver the best possible care and experience to the communities we serve.”

Kurose also served as president and CEO of Coastal Medical in Rhode Island before the company became part of the Lifespan system in 2021, the statement said. He “led the company’s transformation from a traditional primary care practice to an innovative, nationally recognized, technology-enabled, data-driven Accountable Care Organization with world-class performance in cost and quality.”

Kurose testified before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee in October 2023 about managing patient care, saying that “population health can reduce health care costs,” the statement said.