Research Medical Center – a tertiary referral center and part of HCA Midwest Health, itself the Kansas City region’s largest healthcare provider – has named Paul Hancock, MD, MBA, its chief executive officer.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Hancock to our team, and we’re excited about the path ahead for Research Medical Center,” said HCA Midwest Health President Keith Zimmerman. “Paul has a proven track record of cultivating relationships among leaders, physicians, nurses and support teams, and he’s passionate about engaging the medical staff to help enhance patient care. We are looking forward to partnering with him to build on the important legacy of Research and the services it provides.”

Dr. Hancock joins Research Medical Center from Methodist Healthcare, an eight-hospital joint venture in San Antonio, Texas, between Methodist Healthcare Ministries and HCA Healthcare, where he has served the past seven years as chief medical officer.

Prior to joining Methodist Healthcare, Dr. Hancock served as chief medical officer of Swedish Medical Center in Denver, CEO of the Harrington Cancer Center in Amarillo, Texas, and vice president of Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System in Amarillo. He practiced for many years as a board-certified medical oncologist and retains his board certification in internal medicine, and he has experience in both private and large medical center settings.

“Research Medical Center has a long and proud tradition of providing high-quality, compassionate care to both the Kansas City region as well as rural communities who don’t have the ability to provide the high-acuity services we offer,” said Dr. Hancock. “The hospital has a tremendous reputation for care, and I look forward to working with the physicians, nurses and colleagues responsible for building that reputation.”

Dr. Hancock earned an undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He also earned his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and a fellowship in medical oncology at Harvard Medical School’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Research Medical Center is a regional destination for specialized, complex healthcare. Key services provided include emergency care with an ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center, orthopedics, comprehensive stroke center, burn center, cardiovascular center, neuroscience institute, oncology, a blood cancer center offering transplant and cellular therapy, kidney and pancreas transplant institute and women’s services – including obstetrics, gynecology and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Research’s campuses include the main campus on Meyer Boulevard, the ER of Brookside and Research Psychiatric Center. The Research College of Nursing is also affiliated with Research Medical Center, allowing nursing students to gain a unique pairing of educational excellence and strength of the region’s leading healthcare network.