Lee Ann Liska
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lee Ann Liska was appointed President and CEO of University of Cincinnati Medical Center (previously known as University Hospital) in June 2013. She also serves as Senior Vice President of UC Health, on the Policy Council and as of chair the Clinical Operations Council.
Ms. Liska most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Health. Her work there has been nothing short of remarkable, as evidenced by Mercy Health’s rapid growth and improvement in key quality and financial metrics. UC Health is leveraging her time at Mercy and her nearly 28 years of health systems management experience to its advantage. Her depth of knowledge and experience are second only to her fortitude and impeccable work ethic.
Prior to Mercy Health, Ms. Liska served as chief operating officer of University of Cincinnati Medical Center for nearly four years. Ms. Liska came here from Florida where she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Health System, including its two hospitals and clinics. Prior to that, she had served in executive roles for both MetroHealth and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.
Ms. Liska has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member in the Medical Group Management Association. She is involved in a variety of community and civic activities, including the American Heart Association, YWCA, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Hoxworth Blood Center, the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and Xavier University. In 2011, she was named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.
Nancy Barone, Ed.D., FACHE
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Nancy Barone was named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 2010. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Barone served as Vice President and Executive Operations Director for the hospital.
In her role, Ms. Barone is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of Greater Cincinnati’s largest hospital with more than 600 beds and a focus on academic medicine. This includes ensuring that clinical areas have the necessary infrastructure and resources to compete on a national and international level.
As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Barone has operational oversight of several hospital-based clinical areas, including the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute, the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, Ambulatory Services, Operative Services, Psychiatric Services, Social Work, Transplant Services and Women’s Health. She also oversees several business units within the hospital, including Design & Construction and Food & Nutrition services. Ms. Barone also maintains executive oversight of Drake Center, UC Health’s long-term care hospital.
Before joining University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Ms. Barone served at a former affiliate as both Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President. She earned her Doctorate in Education from Northern Kentucky University, Master of Business Administration from Thomas More College and Master of Nursing Science from Bellarmine University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and has been a recipient of multiple awards including Woman of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
John Deledda, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs
John Deledda, MD, serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs for University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is a distinguished emergency medicine physician with nearly 15 years of experience.
As Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Deledda is administratively responsible for the delivery of medical care at the hospital. This entails the supervision and coordination of all medical directors. He also works to partner with and improve access for referring healthcare organizations and is jointly responsible for patient progression processes throughout the care continuum.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Deledda served as Chief of Staff for the hospital and also was Medical Director of University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s emergency department for nearly six years. He continues to practice emergency medicine as an attending staff physician.
Dr. Deledda completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan.
Jennifer Jackson, RN
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services
Jen Jackson, RN, has served as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for University of Cincinnati Medical Center since October 2010. Ms. Jackson is charged with leading more than 1,300 nurses throughout University of Cincinnati Medical Center. This includes being responsible for nursing operations across all inpatient medical and surgical units, including cardiovascular services and the neurosciences. She also oversees Air Care & Mobile Care, the Emergency Department and the Patient and Family Centered Care initiative.
Ms. Jackson has more than 10 years of nursing leadership experience at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Her previous positions include Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Director, Nursing Manager and Assistant Clinical Manager. She is a certified neuroscience registered nurse and earned her Master of Nursing Science from Xavier University. Ms. Jackson currently serves on the LifeCenter Medical Advisory Board, helping to raise awareness for organ donation.
Vice President of Human Resources
Clarence Pauley has a long and distinguished history guiding the human resources efforts of large healthcare institutions. He was named Vice President of Human Resources for University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 2008. Prior to that, he served as Director of Human Resources for a former affiliate hospital for eight years. Mr. Pauley is responsible for recruitment and retention, labor relations, associate recognition initiatives and diversity programs for UC Health’s largest hospital with more than 5,000 associates.
In addition to his work in healthcare, Mr. Pauley has proudly served with the United States military for more than 30 with service to both the Army and the Air Force Reserves. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pauley worked with Children’s Protective Services of Hamilton County (Ohio). He received the Merlin G. Pope Leadership Diversity Award from the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in 2012 and was inducted into the “Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati” list in 2009.
Tana Casper, FACHE
Vice President, Professional & Diagnostic Services
Tana Casper joined University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 2011 as Vice President of Professional & Diagnostic Services. She is responsible for ensuring high quality service and performance throughout the Laboratory, Pharmacy Services, Radiology and Clinical Engineering. Prior to her current post, Ms. Casper directed the patient care services of another Cincinnati hospital, where she was essential in establishing a multi-disciplinary spine program.
Ms. Casper has an eclectic healthcare background and has served in leadership positions at institutions spanning the United States. Her past positions include: Vice President of Patient Care Services for Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, Grand Rapids, MN; Vice President of Patient Operations for St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, MN; and Vice President of Patient Care and Clinical Services at the Community Medical Center in Missoula, MT.
Ms. Casper is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned her Master’s Degree in Hospital & Healthcare Administration from Xavier University.
Andrew Filak, MD
Vice President of Education
Andrew Filak, MD, is responsible for aligning education-related initiatives between the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and all UC Health locations.
In his role, Dr. Filak provides oversight for all educational activities on University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s campus, along with activities at University of Cincinnati Physicians, West Chester Hospital and Drake Center. He also directs the Graduate Medical Education (GME) office and is the hospital’s Associate Chief of Staff for Graduate Medical Education.
In addition to his UC Health responsibilities, Dr. Filak also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He previously served as Interim Dean of the UC College of Medicine and Vice President for Health Affairs.
Dr. Filak is board certified in Family Medicine and practices at the UC Physicians office in Clifton. He earned his Medical Degree from George Washington University and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Filak is a member of the American Medical Association and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and has provided counsel to various committees with each group.
Lee Ann Coberly, MD
Chief of Staff
LeAnn Coberly, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She attended Wittenberg University prior to completing medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Coberly completed her residency in internal medicine at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina where she also served as Assistant Chief Resident. She has been a member of the faculty of the college of medicine since 1992 where she is the Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Coberly is very active in teaching third and fourth year medical students and has won numerous teaching awards as listed below. In 2010, Dr. Coberly was named “Physician of the Year” at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Dr. Coberly’s clinical practice is at the Hoxworth Center. Dr. Coberly’s clinical interests include the prevention of cardiovascular disease, treatment of hypercholesterolemia, and the role of fitness and nutrition in health.