Sunil “Sunny” Eappen, MD, MBA, was named the new chief medical officer and senior vice president for Medical Affairs of Brigham Health, effective Monday, July 16.

Sunil “Sunny” Eappen

Sunil “Sunny” Eappen

Eappen is currently chief medical officer and chair of Anesthesiology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where he has served for nearly nine years. His appointment at BWH is also a homecoming; earlier in this career, he joined the Brigham in 1995 as an attending anesthesiologist and later became director of the Harvard Medical School Anesthesia Medical Student Rotation and vice chairman of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Anesthesiology.

“It is clear that Sunny’s devotion to exceptional patient care, combined with his extensive physician leadership experience and operational expertise, make him the best person for this vitally important role,” said Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD.

As chief medical officer and senior vice president for Medical Affairs, Eappen will advance key initiatives in physician recruitment and retention, medical affairs and patient care, while implementing new clinical care delivery strategies to improve efficiency, financial outcomes and patient outcomes, working closely with Associate Chief Medical Officers Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH, and Charles Morris, MD, MPH.

Eappen earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago, his master’s in business administration from the Yale University School of Management and his bachelor’s in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eappen succeeds Stan Ashley, MD, who will return to the Department of Surgery to dedicate his expertise to advancing the department’s clinical, educational and research missions.